2019 CMEA State SOLO & ENSEMBLE Festival (Southern California)


May 11, 2019 - Azusa Pacific University


Registration opens March 1, 2019


The California Music Educators Association is proud to continue its Annual California State Solo and Ensemble Festival, to be held at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa and will be held on May 11th, 2019. All events will take place in the Music Department. Free parking is available at Azusa Pacific University. 


To be eligible, a soloist or small ensemble must have received a Superior or I rating at a CMEA-sponsored or CMEA- sanctioned* solo and ensemble festival during the current academic years. (*Festivals from the following CMEA affiliated groups are considered sanctioned for the CMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival: SCSBOA, SCVA, MTNA, and other events approved by the CMEA Board.) 


Participating directors and/or private studio must be members in good standing of CMEA at the time of application and festival performance. For members in good standing of SCVA, SCSBOA, and ACDA, a one-time waiver of this requirement will apply for the Southern California/CSUSB site.  Beginning in 2017, all directors of students applying for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival must be members in good standing of CMEA.  



The participation fee for 2019 State Solo and Ensemble Festival is $75.00 for each soloist and/or $100.00 for each ensemble; a staff accompanist (includes 15 minutes rehearsal time before performance) may also be requested for an additional $50.00.



Solo entries are welcome for standard band and orchestral instruments, voice, and classical guitar. Music performed should be in one of the following categories: Classical (solo and small ensemble when the literature is written for that...duet/trio/etc.); Musical Theatre; Harmony (in the Barbershop style as compared to "a cappella" which although a current fad is mostly pop music oriented); and Vocal Jazz at the Southern California site only. Small ensemble entries are welcome for standard chamber music ensembles, commonly recognized in the Euro-American art music tradition. In the vocal category, small ensembles are limited to a maximum of 16 performers - regardless of part division. No ensemble may be conducted, with the exception of a large percussion ensemble. Recorded backgrounds or accompaniments are not allowed at the CMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival.  All performers, including accompanists, must appear live to participate.


Any person may play the accompaniment for any soloist or ensemble provided such accompaniment is purely so and not a featured or solo part that is integral to the actual adjudicated performance. If it is an integral part to the adjudicated performance, such accompaniment must be performed by a student and not an adult or professional pianist.


(Each participant needs to bring TWO original scores – one for each judge. Illegal Photo Copies will not be allowed and any participant who brings those will be disqualified and their entry fee(s) will not be refunded.)  Saturday performances are schedule from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.



Performance slots are limited to 15 minutes.  Music selections must remain in the 15-minute time frame. Performers who exceed the stated time limits will have the performance stopped by the performance room proctor. If a performance must be interrupted, it will have no effect on the judges’ ratings of that performance. (No penalties will be imposed for excessive time)



Each solo and ensemble will receive written comments in several categories from two adjudicators. These scores will be averaged for the final rating. Judges will not consult with one another in their rating of any performance.



All performances will earn a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Level rating.  


A Command Performance rating is based on both judges awarding a Superior (I) or Gold ratings in all categories and is the highest award given. Individual medals and plaques will be available for purchase on site.