Session Proposal & Performance Applications
If you are interested in presenting to our conference attendees, please click the link above and fill out the form. Applications are due by June 1st. Our Executive Director will notify you of your application status by August 31st.
NDMEA Concert Hour Selection Guidelines
Selection of Performing Groups
The North Dakota Music Educators Association welcomes the opportunity for ensembles to perform in one of two concert hours or lobby performances at the state conference, held in March of each year. All types of musical ensembles are encouraged to apply to perform. Applications shall be due by June 1st* of each year, in order to perform the following March.
Description of the Concert Hours
Up to 4 performing groups will be featured at the NDMEA Conference Concert Hours.
Performing groups will be selected from the following - Middle School, High School, or University Level:
Jazz Ensemble, Vocal or Instrumental
Elementary/General Music Ensemble
Adult Community Ensemble
*In the event that a professional military/other performing group has a tour that coincides with the conference, a recording would not need to be submitted. These ensembles may be scheduled years in advance to accommodate tour schedules.
* Consideration may be given to University ensembles in regard to scheduling deadlines.
Consideration will be given (but is not limited to) for collegiate, military, or adult groups performing at the first evening concert. Performances are to be a maximum of 30 minutes each. The afternoon performance hour ensembles are to perform a maximum of 25 minutes, with the Concert Hour lasting 60 minutes.
Small ensembles of all types are welcome to perform in the lobby areas of the Event Center. These 25-minute sessions will coincide with breaks in the conference clinic schedule, during exhibit hours, or prior to the All-State Concerts. Directors should follow the same application process as the Concert Hour applications.
Examples (but not limited to) - Middle School, High School, University, or Adult:
The following should be included in the submission:
The director’s NAfME membership number
At least two contrasting works or sections of works. The total amount of music on the submission should be a maximum of 15-20 minutes.
Submitted performances should be taken from an unedited live performance. Live performance shall mean a complete performance of each selected work, whether in the rehearsal room or concert stage, with or without an audience.
Live performances shall also mean that all accompaniments must be live; recorded tracks are permitted for vocal accompaniment only.
Programs for the current year should be included with the listing of the submitted works.
Electronic recording is the preferred medium. Show Choirs or Vocal Jazz Choirs should submit a video only.
Elementary choirs may submit using either audio or video formats.
You will be notified by August 31 if your ensemble has been chosen to perform.
Ensembles should observe given time limits.
An ensemble may perform for the NDMEA conference no more than once every three years.
No school or organization may have a performance group of the same medium (i.e. Choir, Band and Orchestra) appear at consecutive NDMEA Conferences.
In the case of cancellation due to inclement weather, ensembles may be given the opportunity to return to the conference the following year.
The selection committee is chaired by the current past-president of NDMEA, who will then delegate three other members representing differing areas of expertise. These committee members must be qualified current or retired music educators. The past-president shall form an unbiased, well-rounded committee. The current NDMEA president is to be included in the committee selection process and be able to provide counsel regarding the selection of performing groups. The president-elect shall serve as a non-participating observer on the committee. This inclusion is to provide the president-elect with an active understanding of procedure upon assuming the duties of president and then chairing of the committee as past-president. The president-elect’s impartial and non-binding feedback may also prove useful in the committee’s activities.
The committee shall submit their recommended selections to the president of NDMEA and the president-elect of NDMEA for approval. Upon approval of the selections, the committee is discharged from its duties.