Elementary Orchestra

Elementary Orchestra


ECKMEA In-Person mini-conventions are cancelled for 2020-21. Auditions and nominations for honor groups will be held online. Rosters will be published.
Important Dates
Wed. Oct. 28 - Deadline for Student Entries
Sat. Dec. 5 - Festival Date in conjunction with East Central KMEA mini-convention

5th-6th Grade Orchestra
Only students in grades 5 and 6 may be nominated for the Elementary Level Orchestra. Each ECKMEA member may nominate up to 4 students per building assignment. Teachers should nominate a viola, cello, or bass payer for every two violins. Directors are responsible for securing individual parts for their students.

Festival Site
All the East Central Orchestra mini-convention orchestras rehearse at Olathe West High School on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Elementary Level Group check in begins at 10:00. Rehearsal will begin in the gym at 10:30 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...

  1. Renew your membership in NAfME or join NAfME as the sponsoring teacher for your school. Your NAfME membership automatically generates your membership to KMEA. Please don't wait to do this, as sometimes there is a delay in processing the financial transaction.
  2. Now that you are a NAfME member, create an account in the KMEA Members website. 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 number).
  3. Generate an invoice for payment. 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.
Festival Literature
Each 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.

Sarah Shipley
Olathe Green Springs Elem.
14675 S. Alden St
Olathe, KS 66062
w: 913-908-5954

Important Dates - Elem. Orchestra