Announcing New 2020 Festival Disney Solo and Ensemble Virtual Competition

Jessica Gunderson

by , Marketing Strategy Manager

Drumroll, please! It’s time for your stars to shine, because we are announcing a NEW Festival Disney Solo & Small Ensemble virtual competition in 2020! 

Every year, hundreds of schools compete at Festival Disney, a competitive music festival produced by Disney Performing Arts, to achieve performance excellence and recognition. For the first time ever, student performers* now have the chance to compete in a virtual competition for groups with 9 performers or less. Categories for competition include Band, Strings, and Choral. Middle school and high school performances will be adjudicated separately.

Trumpet Players

And, the excitement continues! Each performer will receive a new and exclusive Festival Disney Solo & Ensemble medal to commemorate their participation. The highest rated entry within each Division and Classification will be recognized and presented with a Distinguished Performance medal during the awards ceremony. 

Violin with Festival Disney logo

Specific guidelines and an application form for this new and exciting competition have been sent to directors of all confirmed groups in 2020. 

Learn more and register your student performance group for Festival Disney. Also be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on all things Disney Youth Programs!

*Student performance groups must already be registered for Festival Disney to be eligible for the Festival Disney Solo & Ensemble virtual competition.


  • I’m kind of disappointed about how the organizer treat the solo and ensemble competitors. After they announced that there would be Solo & Ensemble virtual competition, my son had been working extremely hard to prepare the solo and ensemble. He spent more than one month to learn a difficult classical song which was a big challenge for a boy in his age, and finally complete the song with high quality. He was eager to learn judge’s feedback and how he did compare with other kids. He waited and waited until the award ceremony but nobody mentioned about the solo & ensemble competition! Later we learnt the solo competition was cancelled because lack of participants. I’m very unhappy on how the organizer treat the competitors! They should have at least acknowledged the people who worked hard to prepare their competition they called, it is not fair for the kids who put lot of time and efforts!

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