COVID-19 Updates

All TMEA-sponsored events through January 10, 2021, will be held virtually. For the latest updates, go to the COVID-19 Updates page. The information on the COVID-19 webpage supersedes any standard program information presented on this website.

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 a minimum of two years and must submit examples from the past two school years (current year and previous year.)
  4. A choir will not be eligible if there is a change of directors between the time of entry and the time of the TMEA performance. The director must notify the State Vocal Chair if a change occurs.
  5. A campus (including all ensemble types) will not be eligible to apply for the following three years after their performance at the TMEA convention.

Entry Requirements

  1. College level applications and recordings must be submitted online by 11:59 pm (CT), May 1.
    Uploading recordings will take time. Start the application process before 8 pm, May 1st.
  2. High School, Middle/Junior High School level applications and recordings must be submitted online by 11:59 pm (CT), June 15.
    Uploading recordings will take time. Start the application process before 8 pm, June 15th.
  3. The following ensembles are eligible for consideration:
    • Mixed Choir
    • Treble Choir
    • Tenor-Bass Choir
    • Chamber Choir
  4. The following school levels are eligible:
    • Middle School
    • Junior High
    • High School Non-Varsity
    • High School Varsity
    • College
    • University
  5. The following classifications are eligible:
    • 2C
    • 3C
    • 3B
    • 1A
    • 2A
    • 3A
    • 4A
    • 5A
    • 6A
  6. A brief background statement about the choir will be included in the online application form.
  7. The application must include the signature of the head director of the program with the permission of the principal of the school or Director of the Music School for college and university applicants.

Recording Requirements

  1. All submissions must be no less than 10 and no more than 15 minutes in length.
  2. There should be no verbal identification on the performance tracks.
  3. Up to 5 recorded tracks will be uploaded to TMEA through the online application process.
  4. At least one selection must be an A Cappella (unaccompanied) performance.
  5. Submissions must be taken from a live concert recording from the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year to March 15, 2020.
    • Due to COVID-19, if you do not have a recording from the current school year, you may submit recordings from the 2018-19 school year, only. (revised 4/13)
  6. List all titles, composers, arrangers, length of tracks and dates of performances will be submitted online.
  7. 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)

Selection Process

  1. The TMEA Vocal Division Chair will select a committee from around the state to listen to the recordings.
  2. This is a blind review process; only the TMEA Vocal Division Chair knows which schools have submitted.
  3. The selection committee will hear and review each choir individually. Upon completion the committee will recommend to the TMEA Vocal Division Chair their suggestions for the invited  choirs. The TMEA Vocal Division Chairwill take the committee's suggestions into consideration prior to making the final decision.
  4. An effort will be made to include choirs from as many classifications and geographic locations as possible.
  5. Because the selection process is invitational, and not a contest, directors will not receive any verbal or written critique of feedback regarding their submission.

Acknowledgement

  1. The TMEA Vocal Division Chair will personally notify those college choirs invited to perform for the convention on or before May 15.
  2. The TMEA Vocal Division Chair will personally notify those HS/MS/JH school choirs invited to perform for the convention on or before July 1.
  3. The TMEA Office will notify by email the directors whose college choirs were not selected on or before May 16, HS/MS/JH choirs by July 1.

Application

  1. Online application process will open March 1.
  2. The online application form must be printed and include the signature of the head director with the permission of the principal of the school or Director of the Music School for college and university applicants.
  3. Print and sign the application form, then digitally upload the form to TMEA on the website application.
  4. Deadline to complete the college application process including the signed application and audio upload is 11:59 pm (CT), May 1.
  5. Deadline to complete the HS/MS/JH school application process including the signed application and audio upload is 11:59 pm (CT), June 15.

For more information contact: TMEA Vocal Vice-President - vocalvp@tmea.org

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