Vocal Information and Guidelines

 Festival Manager: Sabra Steward, stewards@dcpsmd.org

  1. Only students in grades 9 through 12 who have earned a superior (I) rating at a District Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festival may apply for the State Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festival. Teachers are to complete the registration.

  2.  There are no substitutions. The person or persons who qualify at the District level must be the same persons who perform at the State Level.

  3.  All music performed must be listed in the Maryland Vocal Solo List or Maryland Choral List on the MMEA website (www.mmea-maryland.org).  Select "Music Lists" and then the needed list). List the title of the piece exactly as it appears in the Manual or on the MMEA web page. Be sure to fill in the level of difficulty ("grade") of the selection and the composer's name. If the selection is from a collection, list the name of the collection and the number of the selection. Performance of music not on these two lists will not be allowed.

  4.  Copyright: MCEA operates in compliance with US Copyright laws. Anyone using a photo copy of the music that is not in Public Domain will not receive a rating unless accompanied by written verification of permission from the publisher or Music

  5.  Students must provide their own accompanist. Failure to do so will result in having the rating lowered by a grade. Complete the name and phone number of the accompanist.

  6.  Schedules will be emailed to participating directors two-three weeks in advance.

  7.  Please be sure students know the time and room for their event(s). There are no rooms numbers available, at this time. This will be avilable onsite.

  8.  Medals are available for purchase onsite for students who earn a rating of I or II. Medals cost $12.00 via cash, check made out to MMEA ($50 bounced check fee), and possibly credit card.

  9.  No changes will be accepted or made prior to the event.  Communication must come through the school music director. Students, parents, and accompanists should contact the music school director via phone or email.


Strings Information and Guidelines

Festival Managers: Dan Sitomerdsitomer@aacps.org and Jennifer Murraymodapresident@gmail.com

  1. Schedules will be accessible and details emailed to participating directors two weeks in advance; the week of April 29th.

  2. There are no substitutions. The person or persons who qualify at the District level must be the same persons who perform at the State Level.

  3. Please be sure students know the time and room for their event(s). There are no rooms numbers available, at this time. This will be avilable onsite.

  4.  Notify the accompanist of the time and room of the students’ event.

  5.  No photocopies of music are allowed. Any illegal photocopies used in a performance will cause the rating to be lowered by one grade level.

  6.  Students should have their own music and the adjudicator’s music prepared with measure numbers marked. Failure to do so will result in the lowering of the rating by one grade level.

  7.  Students should arrive at the school 30 minutes before their scheduled time. Check in at the registration desk before going to the warm-up area. The schedule will be posted in case students need to look up room assignments.

  8.  Students may not play in the halls or outside the performance rooms.

  9.  Pianos and music stands are not available in the warm-up area. Students may bring a stand if they choose.

  10.  At the conclusion of each performance, the adjudicator will give students a certificate and adjudication sheet.

  11.  Please remember that this is a school event and school rules apply.

  12.  If students know of a cancellation, spelling error, or schedule conflict, notify the music teacher immediately. Do not ask for a schedule change.  Only the school orchestra director may contact the MMEA Office or the event manager to correct mistakes.

  13.  Medals are available for purchase onsite, while supplies last for students who earn a rating of I or II. Medals cost $12.00 via cash, check made out to MMEA ($50 bounced check fee), and possibly credit card.

  14.  No changes will be accepted or made prior to the event.  Communication must come through the school music director. Students, parents, and accompanists should contact the music school director via phone or email.


Wind and Percussion Information and Guidelines

Festival Manager: John Stevenson, mbdapresident@gmail.com

  1. Schedules will be accessible to participating directors approximately two weeks in advance; the week of May 6th.

  2. There are no substitutions. The person or persons who qualify at the District level must be the same persons who perform at the State Level.

  3.  Students are responsible for informing accompanists of the event times and places.

  4.  Students must sign in 30 minutes prior to their scheduled event at the site and receive a pass.  Students who sign in later than 30 minutes before their time may find that their time has been reassigned.  There is a waiting list for most instruments.  Students whose times are reassigned will be accommodated as time permits.  Please Be On Time.

  5.  Provided on site for the percussion events will be bells, vibraphone, marimba, set of four timpani, bass drum and gong.  Students need to provide their own mallets, sticks, snare drum and anything not listed.

  6.  Parents, please connect with the music teacher/director for any questions.

  7. 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.

  8. No changes will be accepted or made prior to the event.  Communication must come through the school music director. Students, parents, and accompanists should contact the music school director via phone or email.

  9. 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.

  10.  Be sure that students are in compliance with the United States Copyright Laws: No photocopied music is allowed.  Be sure the student’s music for the judge has all measures numbered as required.  Remind them of the scale requirements.  Good luck to all.

  11.  Medals are available for purchase onsite while supplies last for students who earn a rating of I or II. Medals cost $12.00 via cash, check made out to MMEA ($50 bounced check fee), and possibly credit card.