Northeast Kansas Music Educators Association

2020-21 NEKMEA Events

Due to the COVID-19 situation, NEKMEA will not hold in-person events this year. Please note the following:
  • High School auditions will be held online via recorded processes. Honor Group rosters will be published in the normal fashion.
  • High School students named to a district instrumental ensemble will be eligible to audition for KMEA All-State instrumental ensembles.
  • High School choir students who score high enough will be named to KMEA All-State Choirs in the normal fashion.
  • Details regarding honor ensemble souvenirs will be published at a later date.

HS Honor Group Video Auditions

The NEKMEA Board has voted to utilize a recorded video audition process in lieu of regular live auditions which were scheduled for Nov. 7, 2020.
  • This change will apply only to the 2020-2021 school year.
  • All auditions, regardless of genre, must be registered in the KMEA Members site (standard operation) prior to the Late #3 deadline.
  • HS honor group chairs will determine the details for each audition (Band, Choir, Jazz Band, Orchestra). This detailed information will be provided to directors and students as soon as it is ready.
  • Video procedures and other directions will be coming from the chairs.
  • Videos files or Video URLs must be submitted to the chairs by Nov. 7, 2020.
  • Judging of videos will take place online Nov. 7-14.

Audition Videos

The following is the window for submitting audition videos for all NEKMEA High School Auditioned Groups:
Group Date You Can Submit Videos Final Due Date
Jazz Band Oct. 16, 2020 Nov. 7, 2020 11:59:59 PM
Band Oct. 21, 2020 Nov. 7, 2020 11:59:59 PM
Orchestra Oct. 21, 2020 Nov. 7, 2020 11:59:59 PM
Choir Oct. 28, 2020 Nov. 7, 2020 11:59:59 PM
Each chair will send their specific instructions at a later date. In general, there will be a Google Drive created for each director and each chairperson after you officially register your student(s). All videos will be submitted to the chair through this shared Google Drive.

Videos that are created need to have a visible clock or stopwatch.

Students need to identify themselves (First Name, Last Name, School, Voice Part or Instrument) to ensure proper identification during the adjudication process.

Students should show at least their head and shoulders in the video and should dress appropriately for the audition.

All student videos should be in a file format (Mp4 or MOV is preferred) and collected by each director. Videos will then be put in the shared Google Drive (specific to each director and the chair). Note: Video files are much better than links, but we will accept anything that is viewable by a judging panel. Directors please help your students through the recording process and check to make sure the videos work and can be viewed by others.

KMEA Mentoring Network

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Mentoring Events
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Mentoring Help Line
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New Teacher Handbook
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KMEA Northeast District
NEKMEA Honor Group Rosters 2020-21
NEKMEA Important Dates
Nov. 7, 2020 - Sat
NEKMEA HS Honor Group Virtual Auditions
Judging will take place Nov. 7-14
Dec. 5, 2020 - Sat
NEKMEA Mini-Conventions
Choir: Topeka HS
Orchestra: Topeka-Washburn Rural HS
Band: Topeka-Seaman HS
In-person festivals are cancelled for 2020-21

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