Membership Requirement
For a student to participate in KMEA honor groups the sponsoring teacher must be an active member of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

High School Orchestra Clinician


Rachel Dirks
Kansas State University
Rachel L. Dirks, Director of Orchestral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas State University, is an active conductor, clinician, and educator. Dr. Dirks holds cello performance degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Bethel College, and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Kansas. As a guest conductor, Dr. Dirks has been invited to conduct orchestras throughout the United States, including recent appearances in New York, Nevada, Kentucky, Oregon, Illinois, and Kansas. As a featured clinician, she has been invited to present conference sessions for the American String Teachers Association, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the National Association for Music Education, and the state music education conferences of Texas, Oregon, Colorado, and Kansas. She is currently serving on the National ASTA Health and Wellness committee where she works to further the discussion surrounding mental health and wellbeing in the music classroom. Throughout all of her work, her fundamental goal is to encourage musicians to seek and create community through music.
Mariah Barnett
Lawrence HS
1901 Louisiana St
Lawrence, KS 66046
w: 785-832-5050
Important Dates - HS Orchestra
Sep. 11, 2023 - Mon
Business Dinner & Meeting
Lawrence HS
5:15 PM - New Teachers
6:00 PM - Dinner
6:45 PM - Business Meeting
Oct. 11, 2023 - Wed
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Orchestra
$10 per audition
Nov. 3, 2023 - Fri
LATE Audition Registration Deadline — HS Band, HS Jazz Band, HS Orchestra
$20 per audition
Nov. 4, 2023 - Sat
FINAL Audition Registration Deadline — HS Choir, HS Band, HS Jazz Band, HS Orchestra
$50 per audition
Nov. 4, 2023 - Sat
District HS Honor Group Auditions
Eudora HS & Eudora MS
Dec. 2, 2023 - Sat
Choir: Topeka HS
Orchestra: Topeka-Washburn Rural HS
Band: Topeka-Seaman HS

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