IGSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest Saturday, February 23, 2019 WE ARE HOSTING @ Lisle Jr. High
What exactly is this festival? Every 6th-8th Grade student in band will perform a solo at the annual IGSMA Contest as part of their third quarter grade. In the coming weeks, students will choose a solo to begin preparing. Small-group lessons in the months of January and February will primarily be to prepare the students on their solos. Mr. Schraub and Mr. Meyer strongly believe that this festival is one of the most important parts of a student’s musical education here at Lisle. By preparing a solo, the students will vastly improve their technique on their instruments and, in turn, our band as a whole will rapidly improve.
Who performs at this festival? ALL BAND STUDENTS are required to perform a solo. In addition to their solo, students will also have the opportunity to play in an optional small-group ensemble with their friends.
What solo do you play? All band students will need to order a solo book. Each book contains several different solos from which the students can choose as well as a CD that they can play along with to learn their piece. Included below are links where you can find the right book. In this day and age, online ordering if the quickest and easiest way to receive the book. If you order from Quinlan and Fabish, they can deliver the book directly to school if that is easier for you. Here are the books that we recommend for each student:
Search on www.Amazon.com (make sure you search for book 2 select the right instrument)
When should I order my solo book?As soon as possible! The earlier you choose your solo and acquire your book, the more prepared you will be for the contest when it arrives. Please have your solo book ordered by Monday, November 26.
Do I need a piano accompanist for my solo?Yes, all students will perform their solo with a piano accompanist. We recommend that you contact one of the following accompanists as soon as possible to reserve your slot with them. E-mail is the preferred route of communication. Please have an accompanist chosen and contact that accompanist by Monday, December 3.
6th Grade Accompanist: Parker Barrette224firstname.lastname@example.org(his mother’s e-mail)*Parker is a student at the high school. He has about 24 time slots. If his time slots are full, then you can contact one of the accompanists below.
7th and 8th Grade Accompanists: Mrs. Phyllis Sutton630-309-8879 (call or text) email@example.com Mrs. Arlene Leonard 630-493-8120 firstname.lastname@example.org *You can use any piano player that you wish; it does not have to be one of the above names. However, your accompanist must be able to play at an advanced level.
Timeline of Events:Order your solo book by Monday, November 26thContact a piano accompanist and let Mr. Schraub know who that accompanist is by Monday, December 3rd. Schedule rehearsal time with your piano accompanist. You should plan on practicing 2-3 times with your accompanist BEFORE the contest on February 23rdPractice, practice, practice!! This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your skills! More specific information about the festival will be sent out at a later date. Right now, the students need to simply focus on choosing a solo and preparing it. If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact Mr. Schraub or Ms. Kiener. Mr. Schraubdschraub@lisle202.org630-493-8275Mr. Meyerpmeyer2@lisle202.org630-493-8121