Elementary Honors Orchestra

Festival Information:
April 2, 2020 (at the CMEA conference)
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103

EHO Nomination Form    Opens: November 13, 2019
Closes: November 20, 2019

Festival Fee: $32 per student (includes lunch & tee shirt)
Concert Ticket: $5 (at door cash/check only)
Concert Time: 3:30pm


Ensemble Chair:

Emily Caravella

Participation Requirements

Teachers: Teachers must hold CMEA membership, both at the time of submitting nominations and the Festival, and agree to serve as their school’s official chaperone for the entire day of the Festival.  The Teacher (official chaperone) may attend the All-State Conference sessions during the Festival (if they have purchased a conference registration), however they must remain on premises, provide the Elementary Honors Chairperson with their cell phone or other immediate contact information, and be available in case of emergency. In addition, schools must use prudent judgement and provide adequate support to students who may require additional supervision.

Students: Students must be string students of a CMEA member teacher at the their school and enrolled in either the 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.

Nomination Procedure

CMEA members may nominate up to 8 of their string students in per school, through the online EHO Nomination Form which is open from November 13 through November 20, 2019. Collaborate with other member teachers at your school to determine which student(s) to nominate from your school. Consult with your school/district orchestra/choir/band teachers to be sure not to nominate the same student for multiple honors ensembles.

Members must log in to this website to be able to access the EHO Nomination Forms on this page.

Important Note: Nominating students does not mean that they are automatically accepted.

Selection is made with the instrumentation needs of the ensemble in mind. However, at least one student per school will be accepted from each school that registers, and teachers will be notified by November 30, 2019 as to who has been chosen.

Upon notification of student acceptance, teachers will be emailed information regarding required student health forms, tee shirt orders, teacher lunch options and schedule information.  The fee per each student accepted will be $32 which includes lunch and a tee shirt. Payment must be in the form of one school issued check made out to CMEA or a school purchase order form. 

Student health forms and fees, must be mailed to the CMEA office as one school mailing, no later than January 15, 2020 in order to finalize your student’s participation.

Completing the EHO Nomination Forms

There are two steps in the nomination procedure. First is to complete a form that gathers your teacher and school information. The second is for student nominations. We did it in two forms to avoid your having to enter all the school data multiple times.

When completing the student nomination form you will be asked to nominate students via ratings, keeping in mind repertoire of a ½ to 1 ½ difficulty. You will be asked to list your student nominees in rank order of preference for selection and you will need to complete information on each of your nominations, something like this:


  1. Emma Vibrato  Viola – first choice, great leader and player
  2. Johnny Bowman  Violin –  great sight reading skills, a good 2nd violin, knows lower strings better than E
  3. Shelly Rosin  Cello – good cellist, working at playing in the Key of G but is really good at D major.

Please keep in mind what the repertoire will be when making nominations.

The 2020 EHO program will be as follows:

     Gap of Dunloe  by Chris Thomas

     Aeolian Rock by Jeffrey Frizzi

     Legend of Dark Mountain  by Soon Hee Newbold

     Burst! by Brian Balmages

     Sea Venture by Todd Parish

     Star Spangled Banner Smith arr. Dackow