64th Annual TMEA
Professional Development Conference
Performing Ensembles Application
Due by June 24, 2022
Call for Performing Ensemble Submissions:
Tennessee Music Education Association members of all teaching levels and areas are encouraged to submit an application for consideration to perform at the 64th Annual TMEA Professional Development Conference,
April 19-23, 2023, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
TMEA is currently seeking applications for both small ensembles (consisting of 20 or less total performers) and large ensembles (consisting of more than 20 performers) representing a wide range of genres, ensemble types, and grade levels:
Choirs: traditional choral ensembles of like or mixed voices, chamber choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, etc.
Orchestras: string orchestra or symphony orchestra
Bands: traditional concert bands (symphonic band, wind ensemble, etc.) and jazz bands (no combos). Traditional K-12 public/private school concert bands will have the opportunity to apply to perform for the Tennessee Bandmasters Association (TBA) Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony concert.
Small Chamber Ensembles: wind, brass, percussion, string, jazz combos, or vocal small ensembles (please note: this will replace the "TMEA Spotlight Ensembles" feature that occurred at previous TMEA conferences; Small Chamber Ensembles should consist of 20 or less performers).
General Music Ensembles: Orff ensemble, recorder ensemble, etc.
Non-Traditional or Emerging Ensembles: mariachi, steel drum, guitar ensembles, technology ensemble, etc.
An effort will be made to ensure that invited performing groups will represent a variety of levels, sizes, and genres.
Performance Locations and Allotted Times:
Large ensemble performances will occur in the main performance venue. Large ensemble concerts will feature an allotted performance time of up to 25 minutes for choral ensembles and up to 35 minutes for instrumental ensembles.
Small ensemble performances will occur in a dedicated interest session space or the exhibit hall. Small ensemble concerts will feature an allotted performance time of up to 20 minutes.
In an effort to involve as many ensembles as possible, an ensemble appearing at a TMEA Annual Conference is only eligible to perform once every four years (i.e. groups that performed at the 2022 TMEA Annual Conference will be eligible to apply to perform at the 2026 TMEA Annual Conference).
No school, organization, or director may have a performance group of any ensemble type appear at consecutive TMEA Conferences. This applies to all ensembles appearing on any concert at the conference (example: a school, organization, or director may not submit an application for a concert choir one year and a chamber choir the next year; likewise, a school, organization, or director may not submit an application for a symphonic band one year and a jazz band or percussion ensemble the next year).
Current TMEA teachers/directors/conductors at any Tennessee public or private school, college, university, or community ensemble are eligible to apply. Teachers/directors/conductors of all performing groups submitting applications must be current members of TMEA (at the time of this application and must be current members of TMEA if selected to perform).
For college/university faculty performing ensembles, all performers in the ensemble must be current members of TMEA, no exceptions.
For traditional K-12 public/private school concert bands who wish to apply to perform for the Tennessee Bandmasters Association (TBA) Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony concert, the director/conductor must be a current member of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association.
Performing ensembles selected to perform at the conference must be the same ensemble represented on the audition recording application (i.e. if a school submits a chamber orchestra that is selected to perform at the conference, the school cannot change the ensemble to a symphony orchestra or a concert band).
For ensembles selected to perform at the conference, students in the performing group must be current members of the ensemble, officially enrolled in the school/institution/organization (i.e. a director cannot bring back students to perform that were in the ensemble in previous years but are no longer members enrolled in the performing ensemble/organization/school/institution).
The teacher/director/conductor of the group submitting this application must remain the director if the group is selected. If there is a change in teacher/director/conductor, the group will be disqualified, no exceptions.
The teacher/director/conductor and school/institution/organization will assume all costs if selected to perform at the TMEA Conference. This includes the cost of conference registration.
There is an application fee of $75.00 per submission. This application fee offsets the costs of a contracted adjudication panel and the TMEA online submission platform.
Application fee must be submitted by credit/debit card (in addition to processing fees) or by school/institution or booster club check (no personal checks will be accepted). Payments by card/check must be received by Friday, June 24, 2022. Failure to abide by this deadline will make this application incomplete and ineligible for consideration.
If submitting more than one ensemble for consideration, a separate application must be completed, and a separate fee must be paid for each ensemble auditioning under the same teacher/director/conductor. If submitting multiple ensembles for consideration, only one ensemble (if selected) will be invited to perform at the conference.
All performing groups are auditioned on a strictly anonymous and impartial basis by an adjudication panel (contracted by TMEA) consisting of music educators who reside outside the State of Tennessee. Please ensure your recordings demonstrate high-caliber performance and audio quality. No evaluation feedback, nor rankings from the adjudicators will be provided for the auditioning groups.
All audition materials shall be submitted to TMEA through this application during the submission window which begins on Monday, May 30, 2022, and closes on Friday, June 24, 2022, at 11:59 PM CDT.
Submit up to five (5) high-quality, unedited live audio recordings (contrasting selections demonstrating wide musical variety; individual movements of a piece can be considered as separate pieces) not to exceed a total time limit of fifteen (15) minutes, in .mp3 format with the following requirements:
at least one audio file (in .mp3 format) must have been recorded during the 2021-2022 school year.
at least one audio file (in .mp3 format) must have been recorded during the 2020-2021 or 2019-2020 school year.
Submitted recordings must be free of any audible references of the ensemble, school/institution, or director(s) name. Failure to abide by this will nullify and void this application.
Unedited shall mean NO studio enhancements or alterations or splicing of any type. You may edit the beginning or ending of the recording to ensure that no audible references are made that would identify the school/institution, ensemble, or conductor.
Live performance shall mean a complete performance of each selected work (does not have to take place in front of an audience).
Live performances shall also mean that all accompaniments (if applicable) must be live.
The date of each performance recording must be included on the application. One audio file must have been recorded during the 2021-22 school year, and the other audio file must have been recorded during either the 2020-2021 or the 2019-2020 school year.
By submitting this application, the applicant confirms they were the teacher/director/conductor who led the ensemble in the ensemble recordings submitted in this application.
Failure to comply with the TMEA Conference Performing Ensemble criteria (described in this application) will nullify and void this performance application. All deadlines and criteria must be met. Application fee is nonrefundable; no refunds of TMEA Performing Ensemble application fees will be made.
Invitations to appear at the 64th Annual TMEA Professional Development Conference will be issued by TMEA in late August/early September. All applicants will receive notification of their official status at this time. All decisions made by the TMEA Executive Committee will be final.