Below are the requirements and application for an invited high school mariachi ensemble to perform during the annual clinic/convention. Applications and recordings must be submitted online by October 15. TMEA will not provide any equipment for this performance.

Eligibility

  1. The directors must be active members of TMEA.
  2. The director cannot be on the TMEA Executive Board.
  3. An invited mariachi ensemble will not be eligible to apply for three years after their performance at the TMEA convention.

Entry Requirements

  1. Applications and recordings must be submitted online by Midnight, October 15. Uploading recordings will take time. Start the application process before 9 pm, October 15.
  2. 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.

Recording Requirements

  1. 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 mariachi types of mariachi ensemble music.
  2. Titles, composers, arrangers, length of tracks, and dates of the performances will be submitted online.
  3. Up to 5 recorded tracks will be uploaded to TMEA through the online application process.
  4. 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)
  5. The recordings must be of registered students only. No guest artists can appear on the submitted recording.
  6. There can be no speaking of any kind on the recording.
  7. All recordings must be made in the school year preceding the October 15 deadline.
  8. Recordings will not be returned.

Selection

  1. The TMEA Orchestra Division will select a committee of three of its members from all around the state who specialize in mariachi to listen to the recordings.
  2. No directors who are applying for performance will be allowed to serve on the selection committee.
  3. This is a blind audition process. Only the Selection Committee Chairperson will know which schools have applied.
  4. All applicants and the invited mariachi ensemble will be notified by October 21.

Application

  1. Online application process for high school opens September 15.
  2. The online application form must be printed and include the signatures of the director and the principal of the school.
  3. The printed application form may be submitted digitally - fcoachman@tmea.org
    or by mail - TMEA, Invited Mariachi Ensemble Application, PO Box 140465, Austin, TX 78714 (Postmarked by October 15.)
  4. Deadline: Midnight, October 15

For more information contact: TMEA State Orchestra Division Chair, orchestravp@tmea.org.