Elementary Choir

Elementary Choir


NEKMEA In-Person mini-conventions are cancelled for 2020-21. Nominated ensembles will not take place.
Festival Date: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
Location: Topeka HS
Registration: 7:30 AM
Rehearsals begin: 8:00 AM
Public Concert: 11:15 AM
Clinician: TBA

Who May Participate?
  • Students with unchanged voices in grades 3-6
  • Each school may nominate 8 students and 4 alternates. A maximum of 160 may participate in this event due to stage size.
  • They must be divided equally between Part I and Part II.
    • If you bring 4 students, 2 should be singing Part I and 2 should be singing Part II
    • If you submit an odd number of students, please select more students to sing Part I.
  • Students should match pitch and represent your best singers
  • They should be able to manage their behavior for the duration of an intense rehearsal/performance.
Registration & Payment
  • Register your students online (KMEA Members site)
  • Registration Deadline is Oct. 15, 2019 ... NO exceptions.
  • Participation Fee is $10.00 per student and must be paid in full. Checks and money orders are accepted, but NO PURCHASE ORDERS.
  • Registration is a 2-step process. Please be sure to do both parts, to ensure your students will be able to participate.
    • First, submit your student registration info online
    • Second, mail your fees and a print-out of your generated invoice to the following address:

      Baldwin Elem./Intermediate
      Attn: Katie Jacobsen
      100 Bullpup Dr
      Baldwin City, KS 66006

      Make all checks out to: Northeast KMEA

Repertoire List

Music is available from Senseney and J.W. Pepper.
I have included a timeline of teacher events to help those of you who may have never done this and hopefully answer some of your questions:

Teacher's Job Prior to the registration deadline:
  • Select students
  • Divide your student equally between Part I and Part II
  • Register Students online
  • Send a check including $10.00 per student to the Elementary Choir chair
Teacher's Job between registration and the festival:
  • Order a copy of each song for yourself and each student attending.
  • Copied/Xeroxed music is prohibited by copyright law. Therefore, any student who attends a NEKMEA event with photocopied music will not be permitted to participate.
  • You must purchase 1 copy of each song for each student you register.
  • Music is available from Senseney and J.W. Pepper.
  • Provide your students with the link to practice tracks and or make a Practice CD for each of them. Simply download the music from the website.
  • Hold rehearsals with your students to teach them the music and insure accurate understanding of each piece
  • Music is to be memorized prior to the festival
  • Arrange transportation to and from event for students
  • Arrange to have at least 1 supervisor in addition to yourself in the rehearsal room at all times with your students. This will allow you to attend meetings and break-out-session.
Student duties Day of:
  • Bring your music and a pencil
  • Bring a disposable water bottle
  • Check in and get your name tag from your teacher
  • Come ready to learn and work hard with a Positive and Willing Attitude
  • Use the restroom prior to the start of rehearsal
There is nowhere to store personal belonging of the students—coats, purses and etc. They need to be left with parents at drop-off or on the bus. If this is not possible, it will be the responsibility of your parent supervisor and yourself to corral, store and keep these items secure.

Festival Day Attire
Students are to wear black on bottom and white, gray, or black on top. Dresses are fine for ladies, and suits/tuxes/vests are fine for the guys (ties are optional).

Teacher duties Day of:
  • Arrive at 7:30 to check-in your students and find rehearsal/concert rooms
  • Greet your students and help them find where they should sit (shorter students in front and taller towards the back)
  • Please encourage them to sit by someone they may not know
  • Supervise your students during rehearsal
  • Help with snack/restroom break
  • Attend and Participate in Elementary Break-out Session for teachers—this will look different this year. There will be literature and an organized presentation.
  • Help with line-up and placement on risers (they will leave all music in the room at this time)
  • Double check the rehearsal room for your student belongings

KMEA Membership Requirement

The NEKMEA board voted to require membership in NAfME-KMEA in order to register students for NEKMEA honor groups. This is in line with the KMEA policy requiring membership in order to register students for KMEA All-State ensembles.

  1. Join NAfME. Indicate Kansas in your membership profile.
  2. Set up an account in the KMEA Members website. This creates a connection between your NAfME profile and KMEA's registration systems.
  3. After creating an account in the KMEA Members site, select your district affiliation so you may participate in elections.
  4. When registering students for NE district or All-State ensembles, your NAfME ID will be part of the registration.
  5. Do not wait until the deadline day to start this process!
Katie Jacobsen
Baldwin Elem./Intermediate
100 Bullpup Dr
Baldwin City, KS 66006

Important Dates - Elem. Choir
Sep. 14, 2020 - Mon
Business Meeting
via Zoom
Oct. 15, 2020 - Thu
Nomination deadline — ML Choir, Elem. Choir
$10 participation fee per selected student
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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