I&E Competition Details

Solo & Ensembles
March 13, 2021

NCPA is proud to offer students the opportunity to showcase their individual skills during our I&E as well as our new Composition showcase.

Please see below for rules and details:

Performance Category

  1. Anyone interested in performing in the 2021 NCPA Virtual I&E Competition on March 13th is eligible to register for the competition. You do not need to be a member of a performing ensemble for this year’s competition.
  2. In efforts to keep everyone safe, 2021 competitions will be limited to Solos and Duets. Small Ensembles larger than two should submit to any of the Virtual Showcases.
  3. Performers are allowed to perform in more than one category, but only once in each solo category.
  4. All performers must adhere to the timing standards below, otherwise a (0.1) point penalty for every five (5) seconds below/above the minimum/maximum will be assessed.Min performance time: 1:30 minutesMax performance time: 4:00 minutes
  5. All performances must be recorded in a “one-take” format. Duets who are performing asynchronous must have both performers sync up their videos as “one-take” each.
  6. Due to copyright restrictions, backing or play-along tracks of any kind may not be used. Any submissions including a backing track will not be aired on our broadcast.
  7. Video Submission – all videos must be submitted one week prior to the I&E Showcase. Order of performance during broadcast will be determined by submission timestamp.
  8. Instruments – we recognize not all performers will have access to full instruments. Practice pads and muted surfaces can be used and will not be counted against your score or placement.
  9. Attire – No uniforms are required, but attire must be within each performer’s school dress code. Anything distasteful or obscene will not be aired on our broadcast.
  10. Performers may use stands for their instrument. A harness/carrier is not required and neither the use of a stand nor a harness/carrier will result in any form of penalty.
  11. Plagiarism of copyrighted material is illegal. It is the responsibility of the composer to assure that music submitted is not copyrighted. If any elements of the composition entry are copyrighted, it is the responsibility of the composer to secure permission for use of those elements. Violation will result in disqualification.

Composition Category

NCPA is proud to launch a new Composition category to this year’s I&E Competition! The category is an opportunity for students who are creating their own written music. Please see below for details:

Rules and Regulations

  1. Student must be in middle school or high school
  2. Previously published and commissioned works are not eligible for submission
  3. Piece must be at least 1.5 minutes in length and no longer than 5 minutes
  4. Compositions may be for a solo instrument or voice, or for an ensemble of instruments and/or voices
  5. Each applicant may submit a maximum of one composition
  6. Plagiarism of copyrighted material is illegal. It is the responsibility of the composer to assure that music submitted is not copyrighted. If any elements of the composition entry are copyrighted, it is the responsibility of the composer to secure permission for use of those elements. Violation will result in disqualification.

Requirements

  • Students must submit a PDF of their score, as well as an audio track of their composition in an MP4 or WAV file format. Midi files are acceptable (from composition software applications)

Adjudication Criteria

Compositional Technique (40 points max)
  • Organization of pitch elements (melody, harmony, and counterpoint), organization of rhythmic elements, accuracy and clarity of notation, appropriate writing for instruments, demonstrates understanding of physical and acoustic limitations of instruments and performers
Musical Appeal (40 points max)
  • Stylistic coherence, effective handling of unity/variety and tension/release, effective use of dynamics, articulations, and expression marks, interaction of all of the elements (atmosphere, mood, direction, and flow of the music)
Originality (20 points max)
  • Refers to aspects of the piece that reveal the composer’s individual “voice” and distinguish the piece from a musical exercise or a direct imitation of another piece

All applicants will receive comments from the adjudicators. The top 3 scoring compositions will be showcased on the NCPA I&E Showcase on March 13, 2021 and will receive a detailed critique of their piece by the adjudicators.

Additional Information

I&E Instrument Categories

I&E submission categories include Snare solo, Quad solo, Mallet solo, Wind solo, Drumset solo, General Percussion (piano, timpani, electronics), Rudimental Percussion duet, Mallet duet, and Wind duet. If you have a small ensemble with more than two performers (ex. Bass, Cymbal ensembles), you can submit to any one of the Virtual Showcase events.

Registration

All performers/ensembles must sign-up online at https://nc-pa.org/individual-ensemble/
Registration is open February 1st. Registration ends one week prior to the event, March 6th, 2021.

Registration Fees

The cost of registration for NCPA I&E is $15 per performer/submission. NCPA understands there may be some financial impact on our community at this time and is offering a select number of scholarships for students who may have difficulty affording this registration fee. If you are in need of financial support, please fill out this form and submit a written letter with your request:
NCPA I&E Scholarship Application

Your letter should address the following prompts:

  • Introduce yourself and share how you were introduced to the marching arts
  • How will an I&E scholarship help you achieve your goals?

The deadline to submit a scholarship application is Saturday, February 20, 2021.

The NCPA Board of Directors will review your application and will notify you of your status by March 1, 2021.