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July 11, 2020 and August 8, 2020 - Facebook Live

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NSM’s Online Summer Music Solo and Ensemble Festival is
open to all active NSM students on any instrument. NSM students may invite friends that are not enrolled at NSM to participate in an ensemble performance with you. Due to covid-19, you will record your video at home and submit it to us online by the posted deadlines below. The festival performance will be conducted as a Facebook Live event with an awards ceremony taking place immediately after the conclusion of each division.

Students may enter one SOLO performance and/or one SMALL ENSEMBLE performance for each festival. See “Video Recording and Submission Guidelines” below.

Students may participate in both the July and August festivals as long as you submit different music for each. You may not submit the same music in August that you submitted in July.

Virtually all music genres are permitted. However, your teacher must approve your selection(s).
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Students may choose to participate for “Comments Only” or for “Ratings”

Comments Only: This category is available to anyone who would like to participate without the pressure of receiving a score. You will receive a participation medal and comment sheets from our judges offering congratulations and suggestions on areas of improvement.

Ratings: This category is available to anyone who wants to receive a rating AND a rating medal for your performance. Your performance will be evaluated by our festival judges, and you will receive comment sheets, a score, and a rating. Your score will be kept confidential and your rating will be announced at the awards ceremony. The top three scores within each Division will be awarded a Grand Champions Medal instead of their ratings medal.

Ratings Include:
I - Superior - Blue Medal
II - Excellent - Red Medal
III - Good - Participation Medal

Grand Champions: The top three scores within each Division will be awarded a Grand Champions Medal:
1st Place - Gold Medal
2nd Place - Silver Medal
3rd Place - Bronze Medal

Students may choose a division according to the grade they will begin in August or the grade they just completed this Spring:

Elementary I: Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Elementary II: 2nd & 3rd Grade
Elementary III: 4th & 5th Grade
Middle School I: 6th Grade
Middle School II: 7th & 8th Grade
High School I: 9th &10 Grade
High School II: 11th & 12th Grade
College: Students currently enrolled in any college music degree program
Adult: Students 18 years and older who do not fit into any division above
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ENSEMBLE CATEGORIES (duets, trios, rock bands, etc.)
Note: Please select one ensemble category below. The ensemble will be placed in a Division based on the school grade the oldest student just completed. You may collaborate with your friends or record all parts yourself! Only one member of your ensemble is required to be an active NSM student.

Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Woodwinds: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Rock Band, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Voice, Piano/Keyboard, Solo Instrument
Drums/Percussion (all styles)
Piano (all styles)
Guitar (all styles)
Voice (classical and/or theater)

Please submit your video in .mov or .mp4 format to info@newschoolofmusic.com by the deadline posted below.

While we do not have a set minimum or maximum time requirement, your piece must be appropriate for the festival and approved by your teacher.

SOLO: You may perform your solo with or without accompaniment, but we strongly suggest using any available accompaniment provided by your teacher.

ENSEMBLE: Your ensemble should include no fewer than two musicians, and no more than eight musicians. Your ensemble performance can consist of any combination of instruments within the ensemble category you choose. While only one member of each ensemble must be a currently enrolled NSM student, all members must complete the application and submit payment by the application deadline.

Please state your first name, age, instrument, the number of months or years you have studied your instrument, and the title and composer/arranger of the piece you are performing at the start of the video recording.

The entry fee covers the cost of the medal, judging and video production for the live stream events:
$20 for one performance (solo or ensemble)
$10 for the 2nd performance if you choose to do a solo and an ensemble

July festival: Registration opens June 12 - Last day to register is July 1
August festival: Registration opens July 5 - Last day to register is August 1

July festival video submission deadline: Sunday, July 5, 2020, 11:59pm
July festival Facebook Live performances & awards ceremonies: Saturday, July 11, 2020
August festival video submission deadline: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 11:59pm
August festival Facebook Live performances & awards ceremonies: Sat, August 8, 2020
Please submit your video in .mov or .mp4 format to info@newschoolofmusic.com

Registration Deadline is August 1, 2020

  1. I agree to the festival policies and conditions listed in the descriptions on this webpage and permit NSM to use any videos submitted on social media