College hosts OMEA District IX High School Solo & Ensemble contest

Between 900-1,000 high school musicians will descend on the Marietta College campus to participate in the Ohio Music Education Association District IX High School Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, Jan. 21.

This will be the sixth year Marietta College has hosted this event, which features high school musicians representing 28 high schools in an eight-county district and their directors and family/support group on campus. The total number of people on campus for this event will be approximately 1,500.

“During this event the individual soloists and small ensembles perform a single selection for an OMEA state approved adjudicator,” said Marshall C. Kimball, Music Department Chairman. “The adjudicator gives comments on strengths of the performance, as well as on areas that need more work. This is a great opportunity for students to get assessment and feedback from a specialist on their instrument and someone other than their school director. The students will be a combination of band, choir, orchestra and piano students.”

Students are rated on a scale of I-V, with one being a superior rating.

“We offer a little more incentive to the students in District IX because any soloist who receives a superior rating at this event will receive an invitation to come back to campus on Saturday, February 25th and perform on our sixth annual High School Honor Solo Recital,” Kimball said. “During this event the students will compete for first, second and third-place cash prizes.”

All performances are free and open to the public. Performances are held in the Hermann Fine Arts Center, Alma McDonough Auditorium and Thomas Hall.

“It’s a truly engaging and musically educational day,” Kimball said. “We are pleased to have this opportunity again to bring this event to Marietta College to showcase the talents of the high school musicians from Southeast Ohio.”