Invited Jazz Ensembles
Application opens March 1.
Below are the requirements and application for an invited high school and middle school jazz ensemble to perform during the annual clinic/convention. Applications and recordings must be submitted online May 15.
Selected ensembles are included on the Convention Performing Groups page.
- The directors must be active members of both TMEA and TJEA.
- The director cannot be on the board of TMEA or TJEA.
- Invited jazz ensembles will not be eligible to apply for three years after their performance at the TMEA convention.
- Applications and recordings for high school and middle school must be submitted online by Midnight, May 15. Uploading recordings will take time. Start the application process before 9 pm, May 15th.
- The printed application must include the signature of the director as well as the principal of the school stating that if selected, the ensemble will participate.
- The selected high school ensemble will agree to be a demonstration group (if needed) for a jazz clinic at the TMEA convention along with their performance.
- All recordings must be from live concerts and at least 15 minutes but no longer than 30 minutes of music and should contain examples of different jazz styles.
- Titles, composers, arrangers, length of tracks and dates of the performances will be submitted online.
- Up to 5 recorded tracks will be uploaded to TMEA through the online application process.
- Acceptable recording formats for upload:
– m4a (AAC-LC); Sample rate: 48000 Hz; Stereo; Bitrate: 256 kbps, constant
– mp3; Sample rate: 48000 Hz; Stereo; Bitrate: 256 kbps, constant
– WAV (Uncompressed); Sample rate: 44,100 Hz; Stereo; 16-Bit (required)
- The recordings must be of registered students only. No guest artists can appear on the submitted recording.
- There can be no speaking of any kind on the recording.
- All recordings must be made in the same school year as the May 15th deadline.
- Recordings will not be returned.
- The Texas Jazz Educators Association will select a committee of five of its members from all around the state to listen to the recordings.
- No directors who are applying for performance will be allowed to serve on the selection committee.
- This is a blind audition process. Only the Selection Committee Chairperson will know which schools have applied.
- All applicants and invited jazz programs will be notified by June 15th.
- Online application process for high school opens March 1.
- The online application form must be printed and include the signatures of the director and the principal of the school.
- The printed application form may be submitted digitally – email@example.com
or by mail – TMEA, Invited Jazz Application, PO Box 140465, Austin, TX 78714 (Postmarked by May 15.)
- Deadline: Midnight, May 15
For more information contact: TJEA Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org