Highlights and Rule Changes for 2017-2018


ISSMA Website - A PDF of the Bylaws and Rules and Regulations from the ISSMA Manual is now available in the “Director’s Only” area on the ISSMA Website.

Misc.“Directors are not to contact any ISSMA judge regarding point scores, ratings, rankings, or recorded/written commentary.”
Pg. 8, V.N

All Music Award – Departments that meet the solo and ensemble requirement and elect not to participate in State Solo and Ensemble must validate the requirement via submission of copies of the adjudication sheets to the ISSMA office by no later than March 1st.
Pg. 38, XIV.F.1.b, 2.a and 3.a

With Distinction -  A “With Distinction” add-on award will be given to any performing ensemble receiving a Gold Rating and meeting the following criteria:  Please refer to the chart on Pg. 37, XIV.B.5.

Marching Band

Caption Scoring for Scholastic/Open Class – The Music Individual score will be multiplied by .5 (10% of the total score), and the Music Ensemble and Music Effect scores will be multiplied by 1.25 (25% of the total score). Pg. 13, R.3.d

Point Ranges for Open Class Ratings – The point ranges for ratings at both Open Invitational and Open Regional have been revised.  Please refer to the charts on Pg. 14, VII.S.6.e and 7.c.

Open Class “With Distinction” Levels – The “With Distinction” caption numbers for Open Invitational and Open Regional have been revised to reflect the changes in the scoring system and Ratings point ranges. 
Please refer to the charts on Pg. 15, VII.S.10. b., d, and e.

Prop Personnel - “Any person may be utilized as prop personnel during the staging, set-up, and exit time.  Only students will be prop personnel during the performance time.” Pg. 8, VII.C.4

Judge Briefing Material - Judges may hold their adjudication sheets until the first break of each class at marching band events except for Open Invitational to develop tolerance and allow judges greater flexibility to manage their numbers.  The Executive Committee will structure each event to facilitate this process. ISSMA Website

Warm-Up Periods - “A 24-minute physical warm-up period will be provided prior to the 24-minute music warm-up period at each Scholastic and Open Class site.  The use of non-amplified pulse will be allowed in physical and music warm-up provided it does not affect other warm-up or performance areas.  The use of amplified pulse will not be allowed in physical or musical warm-up areas.  The only time organized stretching and physical preparation will be allowed is during physical and/or music warm-up periods.  Designated locations will be provided by each host school.  The use of the physical warm-up period is optional.  Use of Color Guard equipment will be allowed during both warm-up periods.”  Pg. 9, VII.G.3

Solo and Ensemble

District Solo & Ensemble Entries - The postmark deadline for Solo & Ensemble has been eliminated.  Solo & Ensemble entries will be entered electronically and must be accompanied by a signed school purchase order or proof of payment being made via the ISSMA Online Payment Center before the deadline.  Please review further information about this change on Pg. 6 and 7, IV.D-G.

New Group I Manual for String Solos and Ensembles – It is important that you inform your students and private teachers of the revisions.  Please check your students’ selections against the new required list prior to making an entry.  ISSMA Website

Ensemble Membership – An ensemble in Group II-V that is missing members may still be judged for a rating in the original event if all parts are covered. Pg. 19, VIII.H.5

Addendum to Baritone/Euphonium Solo required list -  An addendum to the Baritone/Euphonium list that includes additional, appropriate selections from the Trombone and Trumpet lists is available on the ISSMA website.  It is important that you inform your students and private teachers of these additions.

State “With Distinction” - A “With Distinction” designation has been added at the State Solo and Ensemble Event for instrumental and vocal solos and ensembles receiving a score of 10.5 or less and for piano solos receiving an 8.5 or less. Pg. 38, XIV.C.6

Jazz Events

Group I Instrumental Jazz Ensemble Sheet – “Demand of Literature” added to the “Other Factors” category on this sheet. Pg. 65

District Soloist Award - “At least two judges must award the soloist a score of “4” or “5” to earn this award.”  Pg. 32, XII.A.9

Performance Time Limits Changes –  All High School Instrumental Jazz Ensembles and Lab Ensembles with Improvisation – 25 minutes, All Junior High Instrumental Jazz Groups, Instrumental Lab Ensembles without Improvisation and all Combos – 20 minutes.  Refer to Pgs. 33-34 for specifics about each type of ensemble.

Vocal Jazz Sheets – Several changes have been made to the categories and descriptors on these sheets. Pg. 62 and 66

Soloist Award Rubric – The following descriptors have been added to the Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award Rubric: 
5- Outstanding Performance, 4-Strong Performance, 3-Good Performance, 2-Developing Performance, 1-Novice Performance.

Group I Jazz Ensemble Adjudication Sheets – All Group I High School Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles will be judged utilizing the Group I Jazz Ensemble Adjudication form. Pg. 32-33, XII.C and D

State Jazz Finals Entry Form – An area has been added to the State Jazz Finals Entry Form to allow the director making the entry to verify their scores before submitting the entry.

Show Choir“All music from traditional or electronic instruments must be performed live and in real time.  The use of sampled or sequenced sounds is permitted, so long as those sounds do not have rhythmic or melodic intent.  Other music must be either performed live and in real time or sequenced for playback on a one stroke, one note basis.  Musical loops are prohibited during the performance.”  Pg. 36, XIII.B.14

Concert Organization

Instrumental Sight Reading –   With regards to the rule on Pg. 24, IX.T.9.h and Pg. 29, X.V.9.h, the following language has been added: “A penalty of no less than one full point per infraction will be assessed under “Other Factors on the Judging Sheet.”

Vocal Sight Reading - With regards to the rule on Pg. 25, IX.T.10.m and Pg. 29, X.V.10.m, the following language has been added: “In reference to parts c, d, and e above, a penalty of no less than one full point per infraction will be assessed under “General Effect #2” on the judging sheet.”

Qualifying Group failing to Attend State Concert Finals“Ensembles selected for State Concert Finals performance who fail to attend will be subject to disqualification from consideration the next year.” Pg. 30, XI.A.9

Instrumental State Qualification and State Finals Sheet – The “Other Factors” category is now “Demand of Literature and Suitable Cuts”. Pg. 78 and 81

Change of Group Level for JME and HS Organization Entries – An ensemble may now change Group Level up to 3 weeks prior to the event.  Ensembles may only change one Group Level (i.e. Group III to Group II, not Group IV to Group I).  Changes to the performance schedule will not be made after the schedule has been posted. Pg. 6, IV.B

Stage Set Up for State Qualifications and State Finals“Student performers, directors, and no more than 5 additional adults from an ensemble will be allowed to enter the stage to set up for their performance as soon as the timer deems it appropriate to do so.” 
Pg. 28, X. S, p.31.XI.E

J.M.E. Entries“A Group V ensemble entering J.M.E. Organization from a K-5 or K-6 ISSMA member school may include 4th, 5th, or 6th grade students enrolled in other schools within the same school corporation if each of the Jr. High and/or Middle Schools from that school corporation are ISSMA members in good standing.”  Pg. 6, IV.C.3

Judge’s Scores“Directors shall supply to each adjudicator one conductor’s score for each selection being performed with the correct instrumentation or voicing and with all performed measures numbered.  A condensed score is acceptable when available, but not a requirement.  Individual parts are not permitted.  Penalty:  One division lower from each judge not provided a score for any selection; one point for each score that is not numbered for each judge affected.”  Pg. 22, IX.N, p.27, X.N

Vocal Sight Reading Equipment“The vocal sight- reading area will be supplied with 100 chairs, 75 stands, and a piano keyboard.  Tables/desks may be used to replace the music stands in the vocal sight-reading area.”   Pg. 20, IX.E and p. 25, X.E

It is your responsibility to be aware of all rules and procedures for all events.

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