Congratulations to all that participated in the first MBA Solo Challenge: 2020 Solo Challenge Results




Are you looking for a new challenge?

Would you like opportunity to receive FREE one-on-one coaching from

an MBA member?

How about the chance to win a free online lesson with one of the top players

in our Manitoba community?

If the answer is ‘Yes’, then you might be interested in the MBA 2021 Solo Challenge!


Deadline for application is December 18, 2020. Recorded submissions are due January 17, 2021.


  • The MBA Solo Challenge 2020 is open to any student in Manitoba who

    1. is between grade 5 and 12

    2. plays a concert band instrument

    3. is taught by a private instructor or band teacher who is a current MBA member

  • $10 Entry Fee

About the Challenge:

  • The Challenge is divided into four categories:

    1. JUNIOR (Grade 5-8)

    2. INTERMEDIATE (Grade 9-10)

    3. SENIOR (Grade 11-12)

  • The challenge consists of two divisions:  Competitive and Non-Competitive.

Competitive Division:

  • Record yourself playing a solo or etude on your band instrument (no longer than 8 minutes) and submit your recording

  • PLEASE NOTE: for the Competitive Division, excerpts of band music or honour band etudes are not accepted. If you have questions about whether your repertoire is suitable for this division, contact us at  

  • If you wish to receive a FREE 30-minute virtual coaching session on your audition prior to submission, please check the box indicating this on the registration form. You will then be paired with a music educator who will offer help in preparing your audition.

  • A winner and honourable mentions will be named in each category.

Non-Competitive Division:

  • Record yourself playing any excerpt of music (no longer than 8 minutes) and submit your recording.

  • Participants in the Non-Competitive Division will receive adjudicated feedback but are not eligible for the coaching session or the competition prize in their category.

Applicants participating in the Competitive Division must perform literature for their instrument that would be defined as a solo or etude. Excerpts of band music or honour band etudes WILL NOT be accepted in the Competitive Division.

Feedback on your playing (adjudication) will be emailed to all participants during the week of February 1-6, 2021. Winners of the Competitive Division will be informed and results posted no later than February 6, 2021.


All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and written anecdotal feedback on their submission provided by a music educator.

Competitive Division:

  • The First Prize winner in each division (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) will receive a one-hour virtual lesson with a professional musician on their instrument.

  • Honourable Mention recognition will be made for the top Woodwind, Brass and Percussion submission in each category.

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