Below are the requirements and application for an invited elementary choir or instrumental ensemble to perform during the annual clinic/convention.

Eligibility
  1. The director must be an Active member of TMEA.
  2. The ensemble must represent a school located in the state of Texas.
  3. The director must have taught the ensemble for a minimum of 2 school years (current and previous year.)
  4. An ensemble will not be eligible if there is a change of director(s) between the time of entry and the time of the TMEA performance. The director must notify the Elementary Vice President if a change occurs.
  5. A campus or district ensemble is not eligible to reapply for three years after their performance at TMEA.
Entry Requirements
  1. Applications and video recordings must be submitted online by Midnight, June 15.
    Uploading video recordings will take time. Start the application process before 8 pm, June 15th.
  2. The following ensemble are eligible for consideration:
    • Choirs from elementary schools with only grades 6 and/or lower.
    • Instrumental ensembles from elementary schools with only grades 6 and/or lower.
  3. Campuses which include only 6th grade and higher are not eligible and should apply in the Vocal Division middle school application process. 
Recording Requirements
  1. The video recording must be no more than 15 minutes total. A minimum of three selections is required with a with a maximum of five selections all from the current school year.
  2. The selections must be combined into a single video file for uploading.
  3. There should be nothing that identifies the school or its director on the video, in the audio, or on a title screen.
  4.  If you choose to submit a concert recording, please advise the audience. Audience noise significantly impacts the quality  of the recording and may invalidate your submission.
  5. Acceptable video format for uploading:
    • Must be MP4 (MPEG-4)container with video codec H.264 and audio codec ACC-LC.
    • Video resolution should be no larger than 1080p HD (1920 x 1080 pixels).
    • Video bitrate should not exceed 10 Mbps, audio bitrate should not exceed 512 kbps.
  6. Recordings will be deleted after the review process is complete.
Selection Process
  1. Applicants will be reviewed by a committee of elementary specialists.
  2. This is a blind process, only the Elementary Vice President knows which schools have submitted.
  3. The selections committee scores each ensemble individually; ensembles are ranked at the conclusion of the listening.
  4. An effort will be made to include ensemble from as many geographic locations as possible.
Acknowledgment
  1. All applicants and invited groups will be informed of their invitation status no later than July 15th.
  2. All elementary Invited Concert slots consist of two ensemble performances for a one hour concert. Invited groups are expected to be in the audience for the other group's performance.
Application
  1. Online application process opens March 1.
  2. The online application for must be PRINTED and include the signature of the director and the principal of the school.
  3. The printed application form may be submitted digitally - TMEA Deputy Director 
    or by mail - TMEA Elementary Division Vice-President, PO Box 140465, Austin, TX 78714 (Postmarked by June 15.)
  4. Deadline: Midnight, June 15

For more information contact: TMEA Elementary Vice-President - elementaryvp@tmea.org

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