Participants in all categories prepare and perform a solo selected from the NYSSMA Manual, perform scales, and demonstrate sight reading from original music provided by NYSSMA at the audition. Each NYSSMA solo is preassigned a difficulty level from I (easiest) to VI (most difficult). Instrumental soloists also must play scales, the number of which are determined by difficulty level of the solo. Overall each participant is judged on seven categories, tone, intonation, technique, accuracy, interpretation, scales, and sight reading.
Both of my girls have been preparing for months. First up was Courtney, an 8th grade student, but attempting a Level VI (most difficult) cello solo. The judge's score came back at 100/100.
Amanda was next up a week later on the violin. She was in a special category of level VI that is the first step in being considered for All State honors. Her performance was also judged 100/100.
Can't get much better than that!