2020-21 Virtual Solo and Ensemble Festivals

This school year CMEA Bay Section will offer two Virtual Solo and Ensemble Festivals. This digital format mirrors the model of the CMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival that took place this past spring semester. Our goal is to provide performance opportunities for young musicians in our community and encourage educators to incorporate solo repertoire and performance into their curriculum, using the Bay Section Virtual Solo and Ensemble Festival as another tool for assessment. Student performances will be evaluated by Bay Section’s top adjudicators using the Bay Section Solo and Ensemble performance rubric. The virtual festivals will take place on the following dates: December 8–15, and April 26–30.


  • The registration window for the Spring Virtual Solo and Ensemble Festivals is April 5-19.
  • Please note that there will be a second round of registrations in the spring for the April festival.
  • Directors will register online through the Bay Section website .
  • Payments can be made through our website using a credit card.
  • Checks are excepted but not the preferred method of payment.
  • Cost per participant: $35
  • The following information is required at registration:
    • Director Name and contact info
    • NAfME ID#
    • School Name
    • Number of students being registered
    • A list of student names/instruments/grade

CMEA Bay Section is committed to providing access and opportunities for all students in our community. Scholarships and registration fee waivers are available for Title 1 schools. For more information on scholarships and waivers please contact President Keith Johnson at keith@cmeabaysection.org.

Requirements for Submissions

  • Students must be enrolled in their respective music programs in order to participate.
  • Directors must be a current CMEA/NAfME member (member ID required).
  • Private studio teachers may also register their students as long as they are members of CMEA/NAfME.
  • All vocal and instrumental students that play a standard band/orchestra instrument may participate.
  • Virtual small ensembles of 2-9 players and solo piano entries will be accepted for the Spring festival.
  • Student submissions should include a minimum of 2 minutes of music but not to exceed 5 minutes in total.
  • Accompaniment is not required.
  • Music does not need to be memorized.
  • Only video submissions will be accepted.
  • The performer should be in full view of the camera.
  • At the beginning of each video, participants should introduce themselves, indicate which school they are from, and the works they will be performing.
  • Participants performing more than one work should submit one continuous video.
  • Repertoire can include solo etudes, including melodic or technical exercises from method books.
  • Submissions of large ensemble parts from band/orchestra/choir repertoire (i.e. 2nd clarinet part, 1st alto, soprano, etc.) will not be permitted.
  • Popular music arrangements are acceptable if the arrangement has musical merit and performed tastefully.
  • Directors should carefully work with students when selecting repertoire.
  • Media release forms are required of all participants. Download the writable PDF HERE.

Uploading Files

  • All submission must be in a video format i.e. MP4, MOV, AVI, etc. (phone video quality is fine).
  • Participating directors will receive a link to a shared folder containing subfolders for each instrument/voice type through Box.com. Links will be shared with participating directors on April 19.
  • Directors are responsible for collecting and uploading all videos to the shared folder, including sorting performers by instrument type.
  • The video submission window is April 19-26.
  • Each file should be labeled correctly, i.e. student name, instrument, and school. Example: Jane Doe; trumpet; ABC Middle School.
  • Files not labeled correctly will not be evaluated.
  • No refunds will be issued due to incorrect submissions.


  • Performers are eligible to receive a total of 20 points for their performance.
  • Participants may also enter for comments only.
  • Participants will be scored and rated based on the quality of the performance and not the level or type of music being performed. Adjudicators will not take off points due to attire or poor audio quality (within reason).
  • Only written comments will be provided.
  • Adjudicators will use a Google form (sent to all adjudicators prior of the festivals) to input all comments.
  • Comments will be made available to participating schools within one week of the festival date.
Ratings are as follows:

20-16: Superior
15-11: Excellent
10-4: Good

  • A rating of “Superior” and a score between 18-20 will earn performers a “Command Performance.”
  • Command Performance Certificates will be placed in each school’s shared folder no later than two weeks following the festival.
  • Command Performance videos will be posted on the Bay Section website (pending approval from the participant).


These rubrics will be used to evaluate all student performances. We encourage you to use them to prepare for the festival and also as a tool for assessment in your classes!

Media Release/Consent Forms

Each soloist participating in the CMEA Bay Section Solo Festival must have this form on file by Monday, April 26th. Directors: please collect all media forms from your students and upload into the designated Box.com folder that was shared with you.


Please contact Solo and Ensemble Festival Coordinators Katie Starnes and Ken Nakamoto with any questions.