Invited Choir Ensembles
These requirements may be revised before March 1. Check back for updates.
Below are the requirements and application for our annual clinic/convention concert choir ensembles. Applications and recordings must be submitted online by 11:59 pm (CDT), April 1 for College/University, and 11:59 pm (CDT), May 1 for Middle School/High School.
Selected ensembles will be included on the Convention Concert Ensembles page.
- The director must be an Active member of TMEA.
- The ensemble must represent a school located in the State of Texas.
- The director must have taught the ensemble a minimum of three years and must submit examples from at least two or three different academic years to be chosen from 2020-21, 2021-22 or 2022-23.
One recording must be from 2022-2023 and one recording must be an A Capella (unaccompanied) performance.
- 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.
- A campus, including all ensemble types, will not be eligible to apply for the following three years after their performance at the TMEA convention.
- Applications and recordings must be submitted online by 11:59 pm (CDT), April 1 for College/University, and 11:59 pm (CDT), May 1 for Middle School/High School.
- Uploading recordings will take time. Start the upload process before 9 p.m. on your deadine date listed above.
- The printed application must include the signature of the head director with the permission of the school principal.
- The following ensembles are eligible for consideration:
- Mixed Choir
- Treble Choir
- Tenor-Bass Choir
- The following school levels are eligible:
- Middle School
- Junior High
- High School Non-Varsity
- High School Varsity
- The following classifications are eligible:
- Total time for all submissions must be no less than 10 or more than 15 minutes in length.
- There should be no verbal identification on the performance tracks.
- Up to 5 recorded tracks will be uploaded to TMEA through the online application process.
- At least one selection must be an A Capella (unaccompanied) performance.
- Submissions must be taken from a live concert recording during the 2020-21, 2021-2022, and 2022-23 school years. At least two or three different academic years must be represented in the submissions and one recording must be from 2022-2023.
- List of all titles, composers, arrangers, length of tracks and dates of performances will be submitted online.
- 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)
- Recordings will not be returned.
- The TMEA Vocal Division Vice President will select a Middle School and a High School panel of 3 to 5 members from around the State. (Note: Directors with submitted entries will not be allowed to serve on the adjudication panel).
- There will be two rounds for adjudication.
- Round 1-committee will listen to and rank all submitted recordings. After tabulation of all the judges rankings a cut will be made and those choirs making the cut will advance to round 2.
- Round 2- committee will be given the recording and the submitted program of the semi-finalists choir. Each adjudicator will use the recording and the submitted program to rank the semi-finalist choirs. Once each adjudicator has completed their individual rankings of the semi-finalists, the committee will assemble for open discussion and determine a final ranking to be submitted to the Vocal Division Vice-President.
- The State Vocal Chair will personally notify the college/university choirs invited to perform for the convention by April 15.
- The middle and high schools choirs invited to perform for the convention will be posted on the TMEA website by May 15.
- Online application process will open March 1.
- The online application form must be printed and include the signature of the head director of the program.
- Conductor and choir bios (125 words each) must be included in the application.
- A proposed program for performance for the 2024 TMEA conference must be included in the application.
- Include title, composer, and approximate performance time in minutes and seconds.
- College/University - The total program time may not exceed 50 minutes including entrance, exit, and applause.
- MS/HS - The total program time may not exceed 25 minutes including entrance, exit, and applause.
- A program with a variety of styles from various eras is suggested.
- Only one manuscript (unpublished) piece may be included.
For more information, contact the TMEA State Vocal Chair.