We participated with a virtual recording.
I did not feel UIL was appropriate for my group this year. My principal said we had to go because core teachers had STAAR. I had no more than three kids attending in-person in any class, so in order to try and have a chance at filling instrumentation, I had to combine all my V nd NV kids. We had an afterschool rehearsal a week (had to accomodate school schedules) and things like Snowpocalyspe and other weirdness hit. At-home learners were invited to come to the after-school rehearsals with us.
I ended up with six in-person learners and 2 at-home learners who comitted to the ensemble. 1 of the at-home kids slept through UIL. (eyeroll). Pretty much, everyone was a one-person section. With the recording techs, and official school personnel, we had a one-to-one adult to student ratio in the room.
We got 2 on stage and 1 in the sightreading room. And I'm proud of that because it was about as good as that could be under the circumstances. Most of the comments had to do with intonations and matching issues -that sort of thing is hard to polish under the circumstances we had.
And on a personal note, my situation at my school is so messed up that I am now being medicated for depression and anxiety. That was new. I will not teach there another year whether I have another job lined up or not.
Long story short - yup - there's no way to know what a program and their director are going through and if ever there was a year to look through a lens of grace, this is it.