Ohio Music Education Association

Solo and Ensemble

Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events provide individual performers (soloists) and small groups of performers (ensembles) with an opportunity to perform for a qualified adjudicator. The adjudicator will provide written comments and suggestions for improvement, along with assigning an overall rating to the performance.

Registration Process

All Solo and Ensemble registrations must be completed by the OMEA Member using the online registration system available in the OMEA Member Portal.

Parents of home-schooled students should read the information at the bottom of this page for additional details about the registration process.

High School

Fees

$17 for Solos
$22 for Ensembles

Required Music List

All songs performed at OMEA High School Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events must come from the required music list. This list contains over 9,000 selections and has been developed and updated over many years. The list clearly specifies required movements, cuts and approved editions of the songs. Click the button below to search the required music list.

Scales/Rudiments Requirement

High School instrumental soloists have scale or rudiment requirements depending upon their particular instrument. These are a mandatory part of the solo experience and are used by the adjudicator to help determine the final overall rating for the solo performance.

Junior High

Fees

$14 for Solos
$18 for Ensembles

Approved Event List

Only certain formats of performances are allowed at a Junior High Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event. Click the button below to download a list of the approved event types.

Suggested Music List

Unlike high school, OMEA Junior High Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events do NOT have a required list of music. This allows more flexibility in selecting music appropriate for the younger musician. There is a suggested list of music that helps teachers and students to quickly locate quality literature appropriate that is age appropriate.

Soloist Requirements

Junior High instrumental soloists have scale or rudiment requirements depending upon their particular instrument. These are a mandatory part of the solo experience and are used by the adjudicator to help determine the final overall rating for the solo performance.

Other Information

  • Ohio Five Rating Plan
    The Ohio Five Rating Plan of Adjudication will be used for all Adjudicated Events. The decision of the judges is final. A participant or group may elect to perform either for a rating or in “Festival Performance” for comments only, but must perform the required composition(s) for the classification.

    The Five Rating Plan is as follows:

    Rating I:
    An outstanding performance with very few technical errors and exemplifying a truly musical expression. This rating should be reserved for the truly outstanding performance.

    Rating II:
    An unusual performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects in performance, ineffective interpretation, or improper instrumentation.

    Rating III:
    An acceptable performance, but not outstanding. Showing accom- plishment and marked promise, but lacking in one or more essential qualities.

    Rating IV:
    A poor performance showing many technical errors, poor musical conception, lack of interpretation, incomplete instrumentation, or lacking in any of the other essential qualities.

    Rating V:
    A very poor performance indicating deficiencies in most of the essen- tial factors, and indicating that much careful attention should be given to the fundamentals of good performance. This rating should be used sparingly and only when it is possible to cite major faults. 
  • Home School Policy
    Home-schooled students may participate in Solo & Ensemble Events.The online registration takes place via their private instructor (who must be an OMEA member) and their parent or guardian becomes the acting school administrator.

    Home-Schooled students are to follow the rules/procedures that pertain to their situation (eg. A Home-Schooled junior high soloist will follow all rules applying to middle/junior high, high school solo will follow the rules applying to high school).

    Home-schooled students are eligible to participate in Large Group Events if they meet enrollment requirements and are permitted participation by their local school district, and meet all other OMEA eligibility requirements.
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