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Gearing up for festivals

October 12, 2021

  • Due to the ongoing unpredictability of the pandemic, auditions for this year's festival will once again be submitted virtually. The process will be similar to the one we used last year; here are detailed instructions for Senior and Junior auditions. The dates for virtual auditions are as follows:

      Senior District Auditions

      Registrations due November 6

      Video submissions due November 13

      Results posted November 21

      Junior District Auditions

      Registrations due November 20

      Video submissions due December 4

      Results posted December 12

  • The registration will be the same as past years--you will fill out the Google Sheet posted to the "forms and registration info" pages for each festival and submit it by the deadline. This sheet is posted for Senior registrations, and will be posted shortly for Junior registrations. In addition, we will be asking for endorsement forms for each student. These will be posted soon!

  • **Please note!** The sheet music edition of "April Is In My Mistress' Face" that was linked to before this week does not align with the recordings; it has now been updated. If you ordered copies of that edition and are unable to return them, please reach out to Choral Coordinator Colleen Grady

  • Plans for the festivals are still to be determined. We are hoping for in-person festivals to be held in the spring, but we will be in touch soon with more information. 

  • Click this link for an update on the current state of the All-State Conference and Festival.

  • Growing Music in Mass, a giving arm of the MA Music Educators Association, provides financial assistance to school programs, identified by association members, that are chronically underfunded, require start-up funding, or need additional assistance for underserved student populations.They have extended their scholarship deadline (TBD) beyond the July 1st date for the following scholarships:

    • Future Symphony Hall Scholars, inspired by the original mission, will specifically help students prepare for future active festival participation and events of growth. 

    • Classroom Innovations is designed to help music educators expand their range of instructional strategies and methods, and to better meet the musical needs of all students in all settings and at all levels.

    • Symphony Hall Scholarships will provide qualified young musicians with the financial resources to audition for and participate in the All State Music Festival.

       Click here for more information and to apply: https://growingmusicinmass.org/

  • In summer 2020, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee was formed as part of the 2019-2023 MMEA Strategic Plan. On November 1st at 7pm, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee will be having a virtual open house to introduce our action plan for analyzing equitable audition practices, promoting diverse composers, conductors, and clinicians at All State, and exploring opportunities for new student ensembles/performance opportunities. We hope you will join us in being a part of this opportunity to grow and deepen our organization! Access the Zoom link by signing up here. You do NOT need to be an MMEA member to join us, and we ask that you please share this invitation among your music teacher colleagues.

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