Maryland Music Educators Association



Opportunities!
In Maryland, students have many opportunities to audition for state-wide groups, to perform solo and ensemble events at the District and State levels, and for school bands, choruses and orchestras to perform for adjudication.  Making those opportunities available for you students can help “drive” the music curriculum for you.
 

 

 

Take time now to note the deadline dates for All State groups for students in grades 7 through 12 and for Solo and Ensemble events for students in grades 6 through 12.  Take advantage of these opportunities for your students. Fill out the All State applications and get them in on time.  Look over the audition requirements and assist your students in the process.  It pays off for every student in your class if even a few of your students are striving for a higher level of excellence. Their dedication, and yours, will give new energy to the entire ensemble. 

  
 
Maryland is one of the few states that does not charge for student participation in these events. The nominal fee that is charged for individual students who attend private or parochial school in Maryland is to “level” the field for the chaperone expenses, rather than impose the chaperone costs on the selected students. 
 
 
 
 
Eligibility
 

Student Eligibility for MMEA State-Wide Activities

Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) is a professional association of music educators who teach in Maryland public and private schools and colleges. Its purpose is the advancement of Music Education in Maryland schools. It does this by supporting and enhancing school music curricula. Its first two corporate purposes deal with teacher in-service.

MMEA also sponsors state-wide student activities which are grade and class (band, chorus, orchestra ) specific. The activities adhere to guidelines establishes by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) of which MMEA is a state-affiliate. Prior to 1980, only students of MMEA members were allowed to participate in any state-wide activities. Currently, by agreement with the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM), students of MMEA members and non-members are eligible to participate in state-wide activities according to the following policies:

1. Only students enrolled in band, chorus, or  orchestra classes in Maryland public and private schools in the appropriate grade designation may audition for and participate in state-wide activities.  Home schooled students are not eligible to audition or
participate in state-wide activities.

2. Only the music teacher who teaches the specific band, chorus or orchestra class may initiate the application process for his or her students to audition or participate in state-wide activities.

3. All applications must be signed by the teacher and the school principal, attesting to the eligibility of the listed students as members of the specific classes.

 4. Students in high schools in which alternate scheduling models are in operation are eligible to participate in state-wide activities only in the years in which they receive a full credit for those classes.

5. Regardless of their musical ability, students who choose not to participate in their school band, chorus, or orchestra class for any reason are not eligible to participate in MMEA state-wide activities in the years in which they are not part of their school ensembles.

Upcoming Events
  October 4, 2013 - Junior All State Application Deadline
  October 11, 2013 - Senior All State Application Deadline
  October 18, 2013 - Fall Conference
  November 16, 2013 - Junior Band & Orchestra
at Edgewood High School in Harford County -
2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, MD 21040
 
  November 16, 2013 - Junior Chorus Auditions at 3 locations:
- Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore County
  November 23, 2013  - Senior Band & Orchestra at
Edgewood High School in Harford County -
2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, MD 21040
  November 23, 2013 - Senior Chorus Auditions at 3 locations:
- Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore County
 
 December 13, 2013- Jazz taped/ DVD audition receipt deadline
 February 20-23, 2014 - All State Junior Band, All State Senior Band, All State Senior Orchestra, All State Senior Mixed Chorus and All State Women’s Chorus in Baltimore
 
March 7 -9, 2014 - All State Junior Orchestra and Chorus in Hagerstown
 
March 27 - 29, 2014 - All State Jazz Band at UMBC      
 
April 4, 2014 - Deadline for String & Vocal Solo & Ensemble forms
April 4, 2014 - Deadline for Wind & Percussion Solo & Ensemble Forms
 April 28 - May 2, 2014 - High School Festival/ Assessments
May 1, 2014 - Student Composition Contest Deadline 
 May 12-16, 2014 - Middle School Festival/ Assessments
 May 10, 2014- String and Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festival
 May 17, 2014 - Wind & Percussion Solo & Ensemble Festival
 
 
 
 
Maryland Music Educators Association Office
791 Aquahart Road, Suite 117, Glen Burnie, MD 21061