Middle Level Orchestra

Middle Level Orchestra


Alysse Trusty

Important Dates
Sep. 13 - Business Meeting @ Lawrence HS
Oct. 13 - Nomination Deadline
Dec. 4 - Clinic & Concert @ Topeka-Washburn Rural HS

  • Nomination deadline is October 13, 2021.
  • Nominations are entered in the KMEA Members site. Students are nominated by their teacher, who must be a member of KMEA. There is no audition.
  • Each Middle School and High School represented in the honor orchestra are allotted 5 students per school.
  • Nominations should be submitted with a balanced group in mind (2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 bass).
  • Grades 8-9 only. Musicians should have 3-4 years of playing experience.
Section Leader Nomination Process
  • Students who audition for section leader should be able to demonstrate the following skills:
    • Comfortable reading finger patters in A major, C major, F major, and B-flat Major
    • III Position, V position (violin), IV Position (cello and bass), ½ Position (bass)
    • 3 octave scales
    • Spiccato with string crossings
    • Vibrato
    • Body cues and section leadership skills
    • Clear, strong tone
  • When nominating the student, make sure to check the "section leader" option in the form.
  • You will be notified via email before the mini-convention to confirm that your student still wishes to audition as a section leader.
  • Students that have been marked as section leaders will audition via a live-audition process the day of the mini-convention and seated accordingly after the first break in the rehearsal schedule.
  • Audition excerpts will be selected from this year's chosen middle level pieces.
Participation Fee
Mail your payment, invoice and a copy of your nomination list to the chairperson. $10.00 per student must be paid immediately after the nomination. Checks and money orders are accepted, but NO PURCHASE ORDERS. Make checks payable to: Northeast KMEA

Performance Repertoire

  • Violet's Tango, by Doug Spata
  • Forever Joyful, by Brian Balmages
  • Conquistador!, by Deborah Baker Monday
    (Note: There is a song by a similar title by the same composer)

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!
Amanda Peterson
2459 Winterbrook Dr
Lawrence, KS 66047
h: 913-220-3022
w: 785-330-1409
Important Dates - ML Orchestra
Sep. 13, 2021 - Mon
Business Meeting
Oct. 13, 2021 - Wed
Nomination Deadline — ML Orchestra, Elem. Orchestra
$10 participation fee per selected student
Dec. 4, 2021 - Sat
Choir: Topeka HS
Orchestra: Topeka-Washburn Rural HS
Band: Topeka-Seaman HS

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