Instrumental Music Competition

State Competition

 March 15, 2018

McDonough Christian Church
2000 Jonesboro Rd
McDonough, GA 30253

2018 Participating Schools


Arlington Christian School
Camp Jewell House
Central Christian School
Central Georgia Arts and Academics
Central Fellowship Christian Academy
Covenant Academy
Creekside Christian School
Community Christian School
Horizon Christian Academy
Lafayette Christian School
The King’s Academy
Trinity Christian School-Sharpsburg
Young Americans Christian School

Grades Participating 6th-12th

  • Solo-Bass, Woodwind, String or Percussion-must perform level 3/intermediate piece or higher (winner of each receives 5 points-total of 20 points)
  • Small Ensemble 2-6 (winner receives 20 points)
  • Large Ensemble 7-16 (winner receives 25 points)
  • Orchestra (50% or more orchestra instruments)
  • Concert Band (50% or more band instruments) (Orchestra and Concert Band compete for 35 points)

Each group will have a set time (depending on which group is performing) to set up, perform and strike the stage.  

Performance grade level I,II,III,IV,V,VI–These are the levels of graded difficulty in instrumental music. A repertoire list link will be provided can be found on the J.W. Peppers website: to assist to directors in appropriate musical selections.  Directors will choose two contrasting pieces.  The following categories have been provided to accommodate groups that may perform at more than one level.

In order to properly categorize your group, pieces must be selected from adjacent or same levels.

Competition levels are as follows: A, B, C, D, E
Graded Level:

Example:  If a group’s’ selections include a level I and a level II piece they are considered competition level A.

Selections:  Directors will choose two contrasting pieces.  You may use the list provided on the GICAA website to assist you.

Concert Dress: Uniform worn by students when performing formal concerts with their local school orchestra/ensemble.


Ratings                                              Definitions

I.   Superior-Reserved for uncommonly exceptional groups that stand out as having performances that are nearly flawless
II. Excellent-Truly fine work; worthy of compliment and praise.  Students are performing well
III. Good-Performance demonstrates some good technical and musical achievements; however, iprovement is needed to be considered excellent
IV. Fair-A moderate number of significant problems mar the desired positive effect of the performance
V.  Poor-Many severe problems mar the desired positive effect of the performance

All schools must provide 3 original scores that have numbered measures for the adjudicators. If you cannot provide an original score you must have a letter of permission from the publishers along with your copy. Students must perform with original parts.  If you have to transpose some of your instrumentation you must specify that in the original score that is given to the adjudicators.