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Solo Chair

SoloChair provides all the tools for you to manage All-County Audition and All-County Festival participation.

From The President

Dear Erie County Music Educators and District Administrators,

Welcome back for the start of what I’m sure will be another exciting, action packed year for all our members and the students they inspire.  I know that teachers are supposed to spend their summers recharging, but our members also keep on “musicing” as well.  According to Urban Dictionary, Musicing is a verb that describes the act of an activity involving music.  I have to say my heart skipped a beat when I saw that it was in the Urban Dictionary and worried the definition would not be one I could print here. But it is, so therefore to show my willingness to evolve and relate to the students I teach, I used it.  I do think it best describes not only us, but our students as well, as it seems as though music is so integrally wound through every facet of all our lives.  

This past year had its challenges and triumphs for ECMEA as we struggled with the weather for a second year in a row for our Junior High Festival, but showed that through working together and listening to one another we could not only field very good “paper ensembles”, but also come up with the plan we are piloting this year to have an extra date added at the end of our usual audition festivals in case it is needed due to a cancellation.  While the plan is solid, I really hope we do not have to utilize it. Thanks to our Festival Coordinator Paul Furlong for the extra work in having that contingency ready. 

Have you checked out the new website?  It definitely reflects the standards we uphold and deserve as ECMEA members.  It will become more and more important to maintain a vibrant web presence as all of us, but especially the next generation of music teachers, live in a digitally immersive world.  Many thanks to the members of the technology committee for their past and future efforts.  One of those future efforts will include figuring out how we will register students for festivals beginning in the 2020/21 school year, as Solo Chair will be phasing out its service and none of us want to return to bubble sheets.  Those of us lucky enough to remember filling in bubble sheets can go explain to the new teacher in your department what they missed.

This past year ECMEA added PayPal as a method for paying dues as well as accepting credit cards at festivals for tickets.  Both have also proved to be very successful and will continue this year.  Thanks to Executive Director Chris Revett for making this happen and continuing to look for ways to improve our organization.

This Guide, our only ‘hard copy’ for the year, contains important information for you and your students concerning all things ECMEA. Please take the time to read the bulletin and keep it handy as a reference and resource over the course of the school year. Please don’t hesitate to contact Chris (crevett@ecmea.org), Paul (pfurlong@ecmea.org), or Choral Coordinator Ann Mosner (amosner@ecmea.org) regarding any clarifications of regulations or deadlines throughout the year.

If you would like to find out more about any of these items or other goings on, please don’t hesitate to ask myself or any board member. The other great way to stay informed is to join us at our General Membership Meeting on Monday, September 30 at Kleinhans Music Hall.  The official meeting starts at 4:30, but there will be refreshments available and a new teacher orientation at 4:00.  Hope to see you there.

Which brings me to my last thought for this message. Above and beyond your teaching duties please consider getting involved with ECMEA. Whether it be as an ensemble chair or by simply attending a meeting, your input and effort can make a noticeable difference in our entire organization.

Thank you for reading and welcome back. I look forward to working with the Board and all of our members to help support the music educators of Erie County.  If I can be of any assistance or answer a question please feel free to contact me at tmacon@ecmea.org.

With great excitement about the coming year,

Todd Macon, President ECMEA 

 

Executive Board

President
Todd Macon, Frontier (2021)

Vice President
Erin Ayer, Amherst (2021)

Directors
Dan DeAngelis, Lancaster (2019)
Larry Dubill, Hamburg (2019)
Mary Kay Ortolano, Frontier (2020)
Lynne Ruda, Lancaster (2020)
Paul Siekierski, Lake Shore (2020)
Monica Stankewicz, Buffalo (2021)
Sandy Freitag, Hamburg (2019)

Advisors

Advisors to the Board
John Fleischman, Orchard Park, ret.
John Maguda, Eden, ret.
Ann Mosner, Maryvale, ret.
Allan Ripley, Grand Island, ret.
Catherine Sutherland, Williamsville, ret.
Joseph Casimino, St. Mary’s HS, ret.
Al Hemer

Administrative Advisors
Mr. Matthew McGarrity, Orchard Park
Dr. Brian Graham, Grand Island

ECMEA Offices

Executive Director
Chris Revett

Festival Administrator
Paul Furlong

Standing Committees

BPO Liaison
Allan Ripley, Grand Island, ret.

BPO/ECMEA Awards
Keith Ersing, West Seneca

Choral Coordinator
Ann Mosner, Maryvale, ret.

Choral Committee
Gary Lee, Lancaster
Ann Mosner, Maryvale, ret.

Classroom
James DesJardins, Frontier
Patricia Hills, Amherst
Ada Wolfanger, Amherst

Festival Assignments
Paul Siekierski, Lake Shore

Government Relations
Michael Robertson, Grand Island

Instrumental Committee
Lynne Ruda, Lancaster
Sandy Freitag, Hamburg

Jazz, Instrumental
John Hasselback, West Seneca

Jazz, Vocal
Keith Ersing, West Seneca
Jill Neuhaus, Kenmore-Tonawanda

Library
Ann Mosner, Maryvale, ret.

Public Relations
Heather Lovelace

Scholarship
Ann Mosner, Maryvale, ret

Website
Dan Deangelis, Lancaster
Larry Dubill, Hamburg
Lynne Ruda, Lancaster
Paul Siekierski, Lake Shore

 

Audition Registration FAQs

1. May I register a student for an all-county event after the deadline has passed?
Registrations are not possible, for any reason, after the deadline has passed. As per the ECMEA Participation Policy: Each teacher submitting student names for All-County Festivals must do so at SoloChair.com by the deadline and send, via US Mail, one copy of their confirmation/invoice form to the Festival Office. No late registrations or substitutions permitted. The complete policy can be found at here.

2. How do I correct a registration mistake on SoloChair?
Click on the Edit My Entries button to make the correction then click on the Submit button. You may make solo changes as long as the Edit My Entries button is active. This button will remain active until adjudication sheet labels are printed. When the Edit button is gone, solo changes will have to be made at ECMEA Headquarters at the audition site.

3. How do I delete a student’s registration on SoloChair?

Click on the Delete Some Entries button. Delete the desired entry and click on the Submit button. The delete option is available while registration is open.

4. How do I cancel a student’s audition after registration has closed?
To cancel a student’s audition after Nov 15th, click HERE.

5. I am not able to change solo level from 4 to 5. How do I do this?
You may change solo level between 1 & 4 and between 5 & 6. You must call or send an email to the Festival Office to change between levels 4 & 5.

6. How do I change a solo after the Edit My Entries option is unavailable?
You must make a solo change at the audition site after the Edit My Entries option is gone. You must first go to the audition room, pick up the adjudication sheet, bring the sheet to ECMEA headquarters along with the new solo information. See Paul Furlong at headquarters to make the solo change.

7. May I request an audition time?
With 4000 registrations, ECMEA does not take requests for audition times because we cannot guarantee honoring them. However, we can move the student(s) to a workable time if cancellations are reported.

8. How do I know my data was received by SoloChair?
You have completed the registration process when you have arrived at the Confirmation/Invoice page. SoloChair data is exactly the same as the data on your Confirmation/Invoice page. Be sure to print the page that is labeled Confirmation or Invoice. This page is your proof of registration.

9. Should I send a Confirmation/Invoice page to the Festival Office?
NO. Do not send a Confirmation/Invoice page to the Festival Administrator office. However, DO print one copy for your records.

10. How and when are audition scores posted?
Scores are available to view and verify on SoloChair when the View/Print button is active. Click on View/Print; click on View Scores. Scores are usually posted on the day following the audition. Teachers have the next school day to report any score errors before ensemble selection begins.

11. How do I know which of my students have been selected to an all-county ensemble?
Go to SoloChair and click the View/Print button. On the next screen, click the Parts/Seats button to see which of your students have been selected to an all-county ensemble. The ensemble name (band, orch, jazz, blue chorus, etc) will be listed under the Ens column and the Folder Number will be listed under the Part column. If these columns are blank, the student has not been selected. This is the way SoloChair reports the information. The complete roster will be posted on the ECMEA web page in the ECMEA File Exchange section.

12. How do I report a student cancellation in elementary and junior high all-county chorus?
To report choral cancellations click HERE

All cancellations and alternate substitutions for all-county chorus are handled by Ann Mosner. No substitution can be made after February 15th

13. When do I register the individual student names for my high school vocal quartet auditions?
Individual student names must be registered on SoloChair between January 2nd and January 15th. Only students who have been registered on SoloChair are eligible to sing at the high school vocal quartet audition.