Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest
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The 2017 1A/2A/3A/4A Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest (all events) will be held on Saturday, May 27 (Day 1), *Sunday, May 28 (Day 2), and Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day (Day 3) at a site to be determined in the Austin area.
The 2017 5A/6A Contest (all events except percussion) will be held on Saturday, May 27 (Day 1), *Sunday, May 28 (Day 2), and Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day (Day 3) at UT Austin.
The 2017 5A/6A Percussion Contest will be held on Saturday, May 27 (Day 1), *Sunday, May 28 (Day 2), and Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day (Day 3) at a site to be determined in the Austin area.
*A limited number of performance times will be available on Sunday afternoon, May 28 on a first come-first served basis. Be advised if you choose Sunday your woodwind, brass, and string soloists will be less likely to perform for a specialist on their instrument than they would by choosing Saturday or Monday.
WARNING! Be advised that a given day(s) will be closed when capacity for that day is reached for a division (band, choir, or orchestra). Due to the size of this event and the resources required we must try to create balance between the two long days (Saturday and Monday). Therefore, if having your students perform on a specific day is important you should complete your entries as early as possible in March in order to get the day you prefer. Day closures can happen in EARLY MARCH! One of the more common reasons given for delaying entry until later in March is the possibility that students may want to change selections. Please go ahead and submit your entries. You can always change the title of selections (through May 18) after completing your entries.
IMPORTANT: Once you begin the entry process plan to finish it ASAP. If we close the day before you return to complete your entries you will find you do not have the option of adding more events on that day. Additionally, 5A/6A directors, print your invoice immediately after completing your entries, as external access to the invoice after entries are submitted is not possible and can only be given to you via email by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1A/2A/3A/4A directors will be able to return to the system and print your invoice at any time due to the new system that the small school site is piloting in 2017.
Fees: $20 per solo and $10 per ensemble member. Instructions on how to pay fees will be covered at the end of the entry process.
Choir, Band, and Orchestra Day Coordination: If having students from your school in two or more divisions (band, choir, orchestra) perform on the same day is important to you please coordinate on your campus and plan to complete all entries in each division early in March. Otherwise, one division's daily capacity could be reached and therefore closed, prohibiting your requested coordination of these events.
Accompanists: Please know that the more students you assign to a given accompanist, the more difficult that it will be to schedule those students without causing logistical problems for your students. This can be especially problematic if an accompanist is playing for any combination of band, choir, and orchestra students at UT OR if an accompanist is used by multiple schools. Careful planning in this area aids in keeping the contest running on schedule.
Keyboard Percussion Entries: If more than one keyboard soloist will be sharing an instrument please place an instrument designation in the accompanist box to help avoid schedule conflicts. For example, "marimba A", "marimba B", etc.
Entry Deadline: April 1, 2017. After this date the online entry system will be closed for 5A/6A. At this point all 5A/6A correspondence – including late entry requests – is to be made by contacting the state office at email@example.com. Instructions will then be sent via email to those directors wishing to submit late entries. 1A/2A/3A/4A will still be able to access the system between April 2 and May 1 to submit LATE entries; however, note that late fees (below) will apply, performances will be assigned to what day(s) is available, AND there will be no guarantee that any entry made after April 1 will be scheduled.
Late Entry Deadline: May 1, 2017. Late Entry Fee: $20 per Event, which is in a addition to the on-time entry fees of $20 per solo and $10 per ensemble member. Due to the planning necessary for an event with approximately 25,000 participants there is no guarantee that late entries will be scheduled.
Cancellations (DNA’s), Ensemble Member Updates and Title Changes: At any point after making initial entries, through Thursday, May 18, 5A/6A directors may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel any events (helps to create performance availability), update ensemble members, or make title changes. 1A/2A/3A/4A directors will be able to make these updates in the new system through Thursday, May 18 by simply logging in to your account.
Master Schedule: Released around May 3.
Schedule Change Requests: Granted on an as-available basis and accepted from the date of the release of the master schedule through Thursday, May 18th by emailing email@example.com.
5A/6A Entry System: will be open for your 2017 entries from March 1 to April 1 at: http://utdirect.utexas.edu/tssec/index.WBX. The entry system will be set according to the days below. Be sure to choose the day that you intend, as this is the day your students will be scheduled, provided the day is still available when you complete your entries. The system does not allow you to choose a specific time of day.
NEW! 4A/3A/2A/1A Entry System: will be open for your 2017 entries from March 1 to April 1 at: http://www.texasmusicforms.com. Sign on using your director login, then click on “TSSEC Enter Students” on the lower left side of the page and follow the instructions. The entry system will be set according to the days below. Be sure to choose the day that you intend, as this is the day your students will be scheduled, provided the day is still available when you complete your entries. The system does not allow you to choose a specific time of day.
Day 1 = Saturday, May 27, 2017 (8:30 AM to 5:30 PM*)
Day 2 = Sunday, May 28, 2017 (1:30 PM to 5:30 PM*)
Day 3 = Monday, May 29, 2017 (8:30 AM to 5:30 PM*)
*Be advised that occasionally a day may be extended to as late as 8:30 PM to accommodate all performers within a division (band, choir, orchestra) from the same school that requested the same day and who met the April 1 deadline while a given day was still available.
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