Elementary Orchestra
Membership Requirement
For a student to participate in KMEA honor groups the sponsoring teacher must be an active member of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Elementary Orchestra


Frances Oare

Important Dates
Aug. 29 - Business Meeting @ Gardner-Edgerton HS
Oct. 25 - Nomination Deadline - $12 participation fee per selected student
Dec. 2 - Clinic & Concert @ Olathe West HS

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 6 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. 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. Be sure to indicate Kansas as your state affiliation. Please don't wait to do this on the deadline day, as sometimes there is a delay in processing.
  2. Now that you are a NAfME member, create an account in the KMEA Members website. 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. Participation Fee is $12.00 per student.
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.
Bronco Rapids, by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold
A Beethoven Lullaby, by Brian Balmages
The 101, by Katie O'Hara LaBrie.
Hope Ragan
Shawnee Mission-Trailwood Elem.
5101 W. 95th St
Shawnee Mission, KS 66207
w: 913-993-5600
Important Dates - Elem. Orchestra
Aug. 27, 2024 - Tue
ECKMEA Business Meeting
Gardner-Edgerton HS
5:30 - Mentoring meet & greet
6:00 - Dinner
6:30 - General business
7:00 - Break-out meetings
Oct. 23, 2024 - Wed
Nomination Deadline — 7th/8th Orchestra, 5th/6th Orchestra
$12 participation fee per selected student
Dec. 7, 2024 - Sat
Choir: Shawnee Mission NWHS
Orchestra: Olathe West HS
Band: Blue Valley HS

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