The WIAA/WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest is presented in Ellensburg the last Friday and Saturday in April each year. This event provides the opportunity for the finest of Washington's high school music students to hear each other in a competitive situation. From our 22 regional contests, the winners in each category move on to the state competition where first, second and third places are selected.
The ensemble contest includes "small" and "large" ensembles in seven categories: woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, women's vocal, men's vocal and mixed vocal. Also, in 2015 and 2016 a single "guitar ensemble" category will be piloted.
There are 29 solo categories, including seven woodwind categories, five brass, four percussion, four strings, six vocal, piano, guitar and harp.
This event is always held on the last Friday and Saturday in April, with small ensembles participating on Friday morning, large ensembles Friday afternoon and solos all day Saturday.
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