Invited Elementary Ensembles

 Invited Elementary Ensembles

Below are the requirements and application for our annual clinic/convention elementary ensemble concerts. Applications and recordings must be submitted online by 11:59 pm (CDT), June 15.

Selected ensembles are included on the Convention Concert Ensembles page.


  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 four school years (current and previous three school years.)
  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 last performance at TMEA.

Entry Requirements

  1. Applications and video recordings must be submitted online by 11:59 pm (CDT), June 15.
    Uploading video recordings will take time. Start the application process before 8 pm (CDT), 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.
    • 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. A single 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 only the current academic school year preceding the application deadline.
  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.
    • 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.


  1. All applicants and the invited groups will be notified on Thursday with a posting in the TMEA exhibit booth in conjunction with the Texas Choral Directors Association Summer Convention.
  2. All elementary Invited Concert slots consist of three ensemble performances of no more than 25 minutes for each ensemble creating a 90 minute concert.


  1. Online application process opens May 1. Application button will appear below.
  2. The online application for must be PRINTED and include the signature of the director.
  3. A letter from the school superintendent (or designee) stating the ensemble will be allowed to perform at the TMEA Convention.
  4. Print and sign the application then digitally upload the form including the superintendent letter in one PDF file to TMEA on the website application.
  5. Deadline to complete the application process including the signed application and single video file upload is 11:59 pm (CDT), June 15.

Need Help?

If you have any questions or concerns about invited elementary ensembles, contact the TMEA Elementary Division Vice President.

Need Help?

If you have any questions or concerns about invited groups, please email the TMEA State Elementary Chair.