2020 Festivals: A Sneak Peek

Middle School/High School State Large Ensemble Festivals

To enhance the learning process, clinics will be added and replace sight reading. To ensure this opportunity occurs at a high level of quality, a $100 per ensemble registration fee for each festival will exist. No cash will be accepted via mail or onsite. Medals will be available for ordering.

State Solo and Ensemble Festival

The registration fee for Solo and Ensemble Festival will be $14 per event. No cash will be accepted via mail or onsite. Medals will be available for purchase on-site.

2019 Festival Medal Orders

Congratualtions! Thank you for your order of medals for MS/HS Festival or Solo & Ensemble Festival. Orders are being manually processed, packaged, and shipped. A detailed date for shipping is unavailable at this time due to our limited capacity. Researching the status of each request or order impacts the processing time. Please remember the following parameters about timelines:

  • Solo and Ensemble
    Solos and/or Ensembles that earn a (I) rating (blue ribbon) or (II) rating (red ribbon) qualify to order the medals. Purchase can be made onsite at the event (while supplies last) and online only by credit card. Payment by cash or check after the event is unavailable. The deadline for online orders is Friday, May 31. Multiple items can be added to the cart after the payment form is completed. Online orders paid by credit card may take 6-8 weeks for processing and shipping after payment is received. Items are non-refundable or transferrable. Any errors to orders will extend the processing and delay the shipping timeframe.

  • MS/HS Festival Medals https://www.mmea-maryland.org/festivalmedal.

    Medals are $12 each and includes shipping. Orders are to be placed online using a credit card or mail the digital order form with payment. Orders should be placed through the music director by the end of May (5/31/19), not by individual students or parents . Online orders paid by credit card may take 4-6 weeks for processing and shipping after payment is received. Items are non-refundable or transferrable. Please note: To pay by check or money order complete the digital order form and mail the digital form by May 31 with payment. Digital form orders may take 6-8 weeks for processing and shipping after payment is received. Again, please do not send cash.

Your understanding is appreciated. And thanks again for your participation! 

Update! 2019 MMEA State Wind and Percussion Solo & Ensemble Festival - May 18

Congratulations on registering for the 2019 MMEA State Wind and Percussion Solo and Ensemble Festival being held on May 18! Please review this email in full.

1. View the Schedule: Teachers/Directors, to view the schedule, sign in at http://www.soloandensemble.org

2. Guidelines: Carefully read and review each guideline posted at  https://www.mmea-maryland.org/seinfo2019. Schedule information will be provided to teachers/directors only. Also, review the festival policies and procedures of MBDA. Some reminders are listed below:

  • Teachers/Directors may contact the Festival Manager directly and MMEA Executive Office by or before 7 business days before the event using mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com for the following reasons: If a student or accompanist is double-scheduled; If a student is missing (and was registered on time and qualified); If a student is listed who is not from the school; If the music listed does not match the music as submitted on the application; If a student name is misspelled – the certificates are printed from the registration listings; and If any event cancels.

  • No changes will be made after May 11.  Communication must come through the school music director. Students, parents, and accompanists should contact the music school director via phone or email.

  • A change of accompanist is not a reason to request a schedule change.  If a student misses the scheduled time for a legitimate reason, they may come to the assistance table and may be reassigned a time as the schedule allows.  There are no guarantees.  The schedule is built on the information submitted by the deadline.

3. Conflicts with Accompanist: Contact support@soloandensemble.org and issues will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as time and capacity allow. 

4. Event Cancelations/Event Issues: Contact the Festival Manager John Stevenson, mbdapresident@gmail.com. Please be certain to Cc: mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com.

5.  Payments: Payments are still being reviewed and processed by MMEA. They may not be displayed as current in the system (soloandensemble.org) at the time of viewing. This will not prohibit participating. If MMEA has any questions or concerns about payment, MMEA will be in contact and follow-up with you either just before or after the event. Questions you have about payment will be reviewed and researched on a case-by-case basis as time and capacity allow.

6. Registration Issues: Registration was closed as of the April 8 deadline and the payment deadline of April 19. All requests and concerns will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as time and capacity allow. 

7. Event Updates: View the blog for event updates at https://www.mmea-maryland.org/event-blog-updates-festivals

8. Medals will be available at the event, while supplies last. 

If you believe you have received this message in error please contact mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com. Thank you again for your interest, preparation, patience, and participation!

Ready & Review: 2019 Vocal and Strings Solo & Ensemble Festival

Congratulations on registering for the 2019 MMEA State Vocal and Strings Festival being held on May 11! Please review this email in full.

1. View the Schedule: To view the schedule, sign in at soloandensemble.org.  

2. Guidelines: Carefully read and review each guideline posted at  https://www.mmea-maryland.org/seinfo2019. Schedule information will be provided to teachers/directors only. Also, review the festival policies and procedures of MODA and MCEA. 

Teachers/Directors may contact the Festival Manager directly and Cc: the MMEA Executive Office using email by or before seven (7) business days before the event at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com for the following reasons: If a student or accompanist schedule conflicts; If a student is missing (and was registered on time and qualified); If a student is listed who is not from the school; If the music listed does not match the music as submitted on the application; If a student name is misspelled – the certificates are printed from the registration listings; and If any event cancels. MMEA will coordinate securing a confirmation from the school principal (Confirmation Form).   

3. Conflicts with Accompanist: Contact support@soloandensemble.org and issues will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as time and capacity allow. 

4. Event Cancelations/Event Issues: Contact the Festival Manager for Vocal, Sabra Steward at stewards@dcpsmd.org and  the Festival Managers for Strings, Dan Sitomer at dsitomer@aacps.org and Jennifer Murray at modapresident@gmail.com . Please be certain to Cc: mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com.

5.  Payments: Payments are still being reviewed and processed by MMEA. They may not be displayed as current in the system (soloandensemble.org) at the time of viewing. If MMEA has any questions or concerns about payment, MMEA will be in contact with you. Questions you have about payment will be reviewed and researched on a case-by-case basis.

6. Registration Issues: Registration is closed at this time. All requests and concerns will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as time and capacity allow. 

7. Event Updates: View the blog for event updates at https://www.mmea-maryland.org/event-blog-updates-festivals

 

If you believe you have received this message in error please contact mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com

Thank you again for your interest, preparation, patience, and participation!

 

 

Expansion/Move: Maryland Middle School Chorus Festival 2019

Due to the excitement and great response, the Maryland Choral Educators Association is expanding and moving the Middle School Festival to May 9 and May 10. The Chorus festival will be located at:

Watkins Mill High School, 10301 Apple Ridge Rd, Gaithersburg, MD

Thus, the Chorus Middle School Festival will not be held at Lindale Middle School. Please note: Lindale Middle School will remain as the location Monday-Thursday for the Band and Orchestra Middle School Festivals. 

Why the Shift for Chorus Festival?

Based on the number of applications we have received thus far having two days allows for greater access and participation. It is more feasible to logistically hold the assessments  in one location rather than trying to switch schools and counties.  We understand this will present challenges and opportunities. MMEA will have a Festival Coordinator in the near future to capture these issues in advance and strive for alignment across MCEA, MBDA, and MODA. 

Next Steps

Festival Manager, Ashley Cameron will send out a message to the teachers/directors who are currently registered on May 10, offering an opportunity for Thursday, May 9th, as well. Also, as new registrations are received through April 19,  Ashley will inquire about dates of preferences and the application will be updated. 

This update will be posted to the MMEA website at: https://www.mmea-maryland.org/festivalinfo2019 and https://www.mmea-maryland.org/festivalapplication

We appreciate the partnership and understanding of our attempt to solve for this challenge and transform it into an opportunity.  If chorus teachers/directors have any questions about this change to Middle School Festival please contact michelle.searle@gmail.com or ashleycameron7@gmail.com