The Inaugural New Jersey Solo and Ensemble Festival registration closed this month with over 1,000 student musicians participating.
The Inaugural New Jersey State Solo & Ensemble Festival (NJSSE) was launched to recognize student achievement in music education across the state. Open to all public or private middle school and high school students, the Inaugural New Jersey State Solo & Ensemble Festival is being held virtually to provide opportunities for scholastic music students to showcase their talents either individually or in a small ensemble. The festival is being run by Arts Ed NJ with systems support provided by Music for All.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing this opportunity to our NJ students and music educators! The response has been overwhelming,” stated Dennis Argul – Festival Director. ” We cannot wait to have the students submit their videos and our outstanding roster of adjudicators provide feedback for the students to support the work they are already doing with their teachers as well as give them some further insight on how to improve their craft. In this time where there are so many ‘No’s’ for students, we are happy to work together to provide students with ‘Yes!’ This is a great start for the State Festival and we hope it becomes a part of the fabric of the opportunities for the students of NJ!”
Through the Solo & Ensemble experience, students learn the discipline of rehearsal, are challenged to advance their musical skills, perform before an adjudicator, and receive feedback on their performance. Those that perform at the highest level at a District Festival will be invited to advance to the State Solo & Ensemble Festival.
A second opportunity for students to participate will open on March 15th.