Ensemble Festival Guidelines

Ensemble Festival Guidelines

Please note: Ensemble Festival also encompasses the NFMC Junior Festival piano ensemble component. Groups have the option of being adjudicated for NFMC credit. This must be specified at registration.


Co-Chairs: Michelle Lee, Allison Olson, Kathleen Waite

Festival date: Fri Oct 11 Sat Oct 12, 2019  

Location: Ensemble Festival Theater Clark High School

Register online at www.ilvmta.org.

Registration OPENS Saturday, September 9, 2018,

and CLOSES Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

All Fees due no later than Tuesday, September 18, 2018.


Member fees are $15 per student per ensemble:

Member Duets or Duos: $30

Member Trios: $45

Member Quartets: $60

Member Quintets: $75

Non-member fees are as follows:

Non-member Duets or Duos: $50

Non-member Trios: $60  

Non-member Quartets: $70

Non-member Quintets: $80

Mission: To provide an opportunity for teachers and students to perform ensemble music in a formal recital setting and to learn from that experience through an adjudicator's remarks. Students will choose whether they are working toward the optional NFMC Junior Festival requirements (see NFMC Junior Festival Bulletin for rules).

Participants: Both teachers and students are encouraged to participate.

Ensemble Categories

Duet: One Piano, Four Hands, or two other instrumentalists or vocalists

Duo: Two Pianos, Four Hands

Trio: One Piano, Six Hands or Three Pianos, Six Hands, or three instrumentalists or vocalists

Quartet: Two Pianos, Eight Hands, or four instrumentalists or vocalists

Quintet: Five Pianos, Ten Hands, or five instrumentalists or vocalists

Performance Time Limits

Ages 4 - 9: 4 minutes

Ages 10 - 15: 7 minutes

Ages 16 - Adults: 10 minutes


Age/Time Determination: The entry age of the ensemble will be determined by averaging the ages of all ensemble members. For example, if a 16-year-old participant is playing with a 12-year-old sibling, the average is 14 years; hence their total performance time will be 8 minutes. These are maximum time limits; filling the entire time is not required, nor is it a judging point. Please be sure your application reflects an accurate performance time in order that each recital does not exceed 55 minutes.

Format: Recitals will be 55 minutes in length followed by an awards presentation. Participants should stay for the entire recital. Each ensemble must observe the time limits listed above.

Judging: This festival is not a competition. The judging format will be similar to our local school district's "solo and ensemble" format. The areas addressed will be technique, style, musicianship and presentation. All ensemble participants will receive colored ribbons indicating a rating, as follows: 

I - Superior - Blue Ribbon  

II - Excellent - Red Ribbon 

III - Good - White Ribbon


Additional Policies/Procedures: Music will be given to the judges. Original music must be used. Photocopies are not allowed except for the purpose of facilitating a page turn; therefore, only an individual page of the composition may be copied-not the entire piece. Be prepared with enough music for all performers and the judge. Memorization is encouraged, but not required.

The following was enacted June 3, 2005, by the LVMTA Board of Directors and will apply to all LVMTA events: Please do not enter this event if you, the participating teacher, will not be available to assist with this event in some way, either before, during or after.

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