Middle Level Orchestra
ECKMEA will offer a 7th/8th grade nominated honor orchestra. The nomination process will closely mirror previous practice in the old NE district.
There will not be a 9th grade honor orchestra. 9th grade orchestra students will be eligible to audition for ECKMEA high school instrumental groups.
Tue - Sep 11 — Fall Dinner Meeting at Gardner-Edgerton High School, 6:00 PM dinner, 6:45 meeting
Wed - Oct 10 — Deadline for Student Entries
Sat - Dec 1 — Festival Date in conjunction with East Central KMEA mini-convention
Middle Level Orchestra
The Middle Level orchestra provides a festival experience top-performing students from all our district middle schools.
Teachers nominate 5 students, usually 8th graders, who are leaders in their school orchestras.
Each school may send one representative to the Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, and Bass sections.
The festival participation fee is $10 per student.
These musicians prepare their parts at home, then spend the festival day working with a local clinician to prepare an afternoon honor performance for parents.
This is a great enrichment activity for your leaders, and a wonderful opportunity for them to meet other great student musicians!
All the East Central Orchestra mini-convention orchestras rehearse at Olathe South High School on Saturday, December 1.
The Middle Level Group will begin rehearsals in the gym at 8:00 AM and finish their concert at 3:30 PM (also in the gym).
Please make sure your nominated students can stay for the full day.
Lunch will be available for purchase on-site.
Detailed information about lunch options and the day's schedule will be available later this fall.
New to the process? Follow these steps...
- Renew your membership in NAfME or
as the sponsoring
teacher for your school. Your NAfME membership automatically generates
your membership to KMEA. Please don't wait to do this on October 10, as
sometimes there is a delay in processing the financial transaction.
- Now that you are a NAfME member, create an account in the
Register/nominate your students by clicking on the Honor
Groups tab. (note: you'll need to know the correct spelling of each student's
name for the Festival Program and his/her emergency contact name and phone
- Generate an invoice
This will generate an itemized invoice for your school's bookkeeper with instructions for payment. (note: you can pay with check, credit
card through PayPal, or money order, but not with a purchase order).
Make checks payable to East Central KMEA.
Step 4 (optional)
- Seating for this honor group is random in each section. If
you would like to nominate a student as a section leader, you can click on the
Front Stand form in the registration process or you can also go to the tab above
and print the nomination form [COMING SOON]
Fill it out and scan it back to the chairperson on or before the registration deadline.
The Middle Level chair will assign the front stand seats of each section, then
distribute all other nominated students throughout the section to strengthen the
2018 Festival Literature
Each middle school teacher provides music for nominated students. You need
original music for your students, but feel free to team up with another director to
help with costs if you don't have these pieces in your library already.
Alfred Publishing Company
Soon Hee Newbold
FJH Music Company
Deborah Baker Monday
Alysse Trusty is from Blue Springs, Missouri. She received her Bachelor's in
Music Education with an emphasis in strings from the University of
Missouri-Kansas City Music Conservatory. While at UMKC Ms. Trusty studied violin with
Paul Hatton, studied bass with Jeffrey Kail, and studied piano under the
direction of Jane Solose, John McIntyre, and Diane Helfers-Petrella. She is the
Director of Orchestras at Liberty North High School.
Prior to her work at Liberty North, Ms. Trusty directed a successful orchestra
program at Harmony Middle School and Blue Valley Northwest High School in
Overland Park, Kansas. She then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she
directed the orchestra program of fifth through eighth grade musicians at Croft
Middle Design Center. Under her direction, several of her students were
selected to perform in the All-District and All-State orchestras, and her
ensembles have received the highest ratings at the district and state levels.
Now teaching at Liberty North, Ms. Trusty continues to create a desire for
lifelong musical learning by developing independent skills, refining technique,
and improving each day to achieve the highest skill level possible.