CONNECTICUT MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION

Western Region Middle School Festival

2020-21 Audition Information

Auditions for the 2020-21 school year will be held virtually only  through the new CTFest Audition platform which has an opening date for teacher registration of October 15.

The school association fee must be paid, school association form received and individual teacher memberships current in order to register students for auditions.

There will be no in-person festivals this year, however festival ensembles will still be selected through this audition and teachers will be notified of their students selection to the festival’s “paper” ensemble.

Registration Closes: March 3, 2021 **   Last Day to upload videos: March 10, 2021

**Late registrations will not be accepted under any circumstance. Audition registration closes March 3, but teachers may continue to upload videos past that date for registered students until March 10.

Audition Fee: $15 (Due 3/12/21)

Festival Information:
March TBA, 2021
Wilton High School
395 Danbury Rd
Wilton, CT 06897

Festival Acceptance by December 21, 2020

Festival Fee $32 (Postmarked by 2/5/21)
Concert Ticket $8.50 pre/$10 onsite

Concert begins at:

WRMS Virtual Masterclasses

These virtual master classes are open to any student who completed an audition for the middle school region festival. The Region Director will email the links to these virtual sessions to participating directors to share with their students.

Payment to CMEA is $5 per student, one school issued check or purchase order.

Band: Friday, April 30th 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The virtual band clinic will be given by Joseph D’Aleo of the US Coast Guard band.

Choir: Saturday, May 1st 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The virtual chorus clinic will be given by members of the NYC-based a cappella group “Backtrack” .

Check them out!
http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/backtrack/

 

Jazz: Saturday, May 1st 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The virtual jazz clinic will be with Julius Tolentino, jazz saxophonist on Saturday, May 1st from 2pm-3:30pm

Check him out!
https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/juliustolentino

WRMS Directors Meeting: Saturday, May 1st 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This virtual “directors’ meeting” is for all WRMS band, jazz, and chorus directors. Link and agenda will be distributed ahead of the meeting. YWe hope you will attend, regardless of whether you sent students this year, so we can make plans for next year and share your thoughts and ideas.

HARP Auditions: All MS and HS harp region auditions will take place together on one day at the Southern Region HS Auditions, on November 21 at Joseph A. Foran High School, Milford. Teachers should register harp students in their own regions as they do all other students. MS teachers please note that MS harp students must be registered on CTFest by October 23, in order to create the SRHS schedule.

Committee Members

Western Region Co-Director

Robert Thornton

Western Region Co-Director

Andrew Gadwah

Festival Chair

Janet Nobles

Audition Site Host

Jim Buchta

Band Co-Chair

Hilary Brown

Choir Co-Chair

Amy Hannequin

Jazz Band Co-Chair

Michael Strange

Band Co-Chair

Jennifer Ginsberg

Choir Co-Chair

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Jazz Band Co-Chair

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Program Chair

Janet Nobles

Conductors

Concert Band

Meghan Cabral

Chorus

Laura Gladd

Jazz Ensemble

Julius Tolentino

Teacher’s Guide to CTFest Videos

CMEA Copyright Policy

CMEA expects all students participating in the audition process to abide by all copyright laws. Students must have an original piece of music, a digitally purchased copy w/receipt, a public domain copy, or perform from memory. With the exception of students performing from memory, students auditioning without an acceptable copy of music may be disqualified from festival participation.

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