2020 Solo & Ensemble Festival

Dear Band Parent,

On-line registration for the 2020 Solo & Ensemble Festivals is now closed.  You will receive your student’s scheduled time in the regular mail at least one week before your festival date. For more information look under the “Solofest Q & A” and “Solofest Checklist” tabs above.  Have your child practice their solo with accompaniment under the “Solofest Recordings” tab.

Your entry fee of $33.00 will be billed to your Music Education Services account on our February billing. If your student is doing an ensemble, the $5.00 ensemble fee will be billed to your account on our March billing.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to call our office at (847) 805-1800 or contact your director.  We wish all our students a strong performance at the Festival.

Additional Solo Festival Details

  • The Solo & Ensemble Festival is not a competition. Every performer will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal for their efforts in addition to personalized feedback from the judge.
  • The time commitment involves increased practice time, some extra practice with the director (look for notes from your director), two practices with a piano accompanist (when applicable) and a couple of hours on the day of the festival.
  • Preparation for this performance is well worth the extra time and effort. Students who participate show strong improvement in technique, and general knowledge of music which leads to greater self-confidence.
  • Students do not perform in front of an audience. Solos and Ensembles are played in a private classroom setting before a judge. However, students may invite any family members/supporters who wish to listen.
  • The festival is designed to encourage students to work hard, set long term goals, and gain a sense of accomplishment.
  • Students who participate in the event often emerge as leaders in their school band.

If you should have questions or concerns please contact your band director.

Locations and Dates

  • St. Peter Lutheran School
    208 E. Schaumburg Road
    Schaumburg, IL 60194
    Saturday, March 14th, 2020

  • St. Philip Lutheran School
    2500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60659
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020

  • Frassati Catholic Academy: Wauconda Campus
    316 West Mill Street
    Wauconda, IL 60084
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020

  • Trinity Lutheran School
    6850 W. 159th Street
    Tinley Park, IL 60477
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020

  • St. Bridget Catholic School
    604 S. Clifford Avenue
    Loves Park, IL 61111
    Saturday, March 14th, 2020