Conference Performing Group Application

Elementary through college ensembles interested in performing for the 2019 VMEA Professional Development Conference are invited to submit audition recordings for consideration along with the online application.

The 2019 VMEA Professional Development Conference will be held November 21, 22, 23-2019 at The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA

Deadline for submission of ALL materials: Online application by April 27, 2019-6:00pm

The application is now all on line, including uploading mp3 files.

Please include the following:

  • Mp3 files with no identifying information
  • Instrumental-2 contrasting selections. 1 from 2017-2018 and 1 from 2018-2019
  • Choral-4 selections. 2 from 2017-2018 and 2 from 2018-2019
  • Instrumental & Choral-2 concert programs. 1 from 2017-2019 and 1 from 2018-2019
  • The online application must be completed by APRIL 27, 2019-6:00pm


Please note:

  1. Directors of ensembles MUST be a current and continuing member of VMEA
  2. The director listed on the application MUST be the same director who directed the ensembles on the audition recording and must be the director of the ensemble for conference, if selected.
  3. Please give consideration to the audio quality of your recording
  4. Recordings will be screened anonymously by the Conference Selection Committee
    You may submit no more than 2 ensembles for consideration.
    Please use SEPARATE applications and recordings for each group to be considered.
  5. Incomplete applications and/or recordings which do not comply with the guidelines listed above will not be considered.
  6. Directors and ensembles that were selected to perform at the 2016, 2017, and 2018 conference may not apply for the 2019 conference. This includes if you are submitting for a different ensemble. For example; Directors who had an ensemble perform in 2016 may reapply for the 2020 conference.
  7. A separate application will be forthcoming from section presidents if a director would like to apply for a small ensemble to perform in the lobby. (The ensemble must be no larger than 16 due to space limitations.) The deadline for applying as a small ensemble will be October 1st-6:00pm.  Applications and guidelines will be handled through the section presidents.  A selection committee will be provided by the section presidents.  This process is not overseen by the VMEA Selection Committee
  8. Apply for Demo Ensemble (acceptance will be determined if a clinic requires a demo group.) Demo groups will have the opportunity to perform one piece either at the beginning or the end of a session.
  9. Apply for Rehearsal Techniques Ensemble (acceptance will be determined if a clinic requires a rehearsal techniques ensemble.) Rehearsal techniques ensemble will have the opportunity to perform one piece either at the beginning or the end of the session.

Information for performing at conference:

  1. INSTRUMENTAL-total program time should not exceed 45 minutes of music
    CHORAL-total program time should not exceed 25 minutes of music
  2. Due to the “clinic” nature of the conference, a portion of your program should include new publications
  3. You should balance your program with different grade levels of music. For example: You are asked to include 2 pieces that are 2 grade levels below your highest grade level selection.
  4. Instrumental ensembles accompanying choral ensembles may NOT perform a selection alone
  5. INSTRUMENTAL-no more than 2 selections with a featured soloist
  6. INSTRUMENTAL-selections should not exceed 10 minutes (appropriate cuts are encouraged)
  7. BAND-program should include at least one march
  8. We are unable to accommodate performance day/time requests.  Performance day and times will be announced by July 1, 2019
School Information
Submission Materials
Audio Submissions
2017-18 Selection
2017-18 Selection 2 (Choral Only)
2018-19 Selection
2018-19 Selection 2 (Choral Only)

Contact Information

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