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Youth Arts Coalition

Solo and Ensemble Festival

Honors Track-Proficiency Information and Rules

Wind, String, Percussion and Harp Proficiency examinations include:


Purpose: To select the best performers for Honors Ensemble Concert to perform in May under the direction of a college or professional conductor. Students will be chosen for the Honors Orchestra by their final proficiency score. This ensemble will be a Chamber (full) Orchestra of about 30-38 musicians. If there are enough qualified vocal students, an 8-12 member Honors Choir will be chosen.


All high school vocal and instrumental soloists (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade) choosing the honors track must perform the Proficiency Examination. Proficiencies I-IV line up with grades 9-12 (grade 9-Proficiency I, grade 10-Proficiency II, etc). Students may play any proficiency which they have not already passed, up to the proficiency at their grade level. Having passed Proficiency I in the previous year, the entrant must enter Proficiency II, etc. If an entrant fails to pass Proficiency I the previous year, they may repeat Proficiency I.

The following categories are open at each grade:

9th grade-Proficiency I, may not enter II, III, or IV

10th grade-Proficiency I or II, may not enter III or IV

11th grade-Proficiency I, II, or III, may not enter IV

12th grade-Proficiency I, II, III, or IV

Vocal Honors Track general information (includes sight singing proficiencies)

Instrumental Honors Track general information

Wind Instrument proficiencies

String Instrument proficiencies

Piano Proficiency

Harp Proficiency

Percussion Proficiency