Solo & Ensemble Festival 

2024 Solo and Ensemble Festival

Register by:   Friday, January 5, 2024

Festival Date:       Saturday, January 27, 2024

Location:           Warde High School

Address: 755 Melville Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06825

Fee (students of ASTA members):          $15 solo/ $30 ensemble

Fee (students of non-ASTA members):  $20 solo/ $40 ensemble

What is a Solo and Ensemble Festival?

Rather than performing for an audience, string soloists and ensembles perform for an adjudicator who specializes in your instrument. Performers receive a short workshop and a participation certificate with a performance rating. All judges in this festival are classically trained professional string teachers and/or performers who live in Connecticut. Participating in a Solo & Ensemble Festival is an enjoyable and informative way to improve your musical performance skills! 

What should I play?

Please select any string instrument/ensemble work that you wish to perform. A piano accompanist is not required. Your total performance should last no longer than 7 minutes. Be prepared to provide your adjudicator with an extra paper copy of your solo music or a score for your ensemble. 

How does the festival work?

Our adjudicators will listen to you perform your solo/ensemble piece. They will give you a short masterclass, and award a rating based on your performance. You will receive a copy of your scores and a certificate of participation in the festival.

Who is eligible?

Any CT string musician in grades 6-12 is eligible to participate in the festival. Students whose teachers are members of CT-ASTA receive a reduced participation fee. Parents are responsible for arranging their child's transportation to the festival.

Can I participate virtually?

If you or your ensemble are unable to attend in person, you can perform in the festival via Zoom. You will receive a link to a Zoom session and will enter a breakout room with your adjudicator. Limited virtual slots are available- please sign up early!


Please email our Solo and Ensemble Chair, Kay Crask, at