Elementary Orchestra

Elementary Orchestra


Important Dates
Wed. Oct. 10 - Deadline for Student Entries
Sat. Dec 1 - 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 South High School on Saturday, December 1. 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...

Step 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 on October 10, as sometimes there is a delay in processing the financial transaction.

Step 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).

Step 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.

2018 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.

Land of the Titans
Jeremy Woolstenhulme
Kjos Music Company

Sword Dance
Thoinot Arbeau/arr. Phillips
Alfred Music Publishing

Richard Meyer
Highland/Etling Publishing

Erinn Renyer is currently Lecturer of Applied Cello and Cello Ensemble at Washburn University. She also maintains a private cello studio and is Director of the Topeka Cello Collective, a community of 30+ student cellists that perform for local and regional events. She serves as managing partner of E & E Cello Music, an international publishing company specializing in cello repertoire. Erinn performs as a freelance soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout Northeast Kansas. Ms. Renyer has been a string clinician and vendor for ASTA national conventions in Dallas and Kansas City and guest clinician in Wichita for the KMEA In-Service Workshop. She was also a recent guest artist/clinician with the Virginia Cello Ensembles Cellobration! festival. She is a regular adjudicator for both KSHSAA regional and state solo, small ensemble and large ensemble festivals. In addition, Ms. Renyer has adjudicated for MMEA solo music competitions and has been a past guest adjudicator and clinician for the Olathe middle school orchestras clinic.
Sarah Shipley
Olathe Green Springs Elem.
14675 S. Alden St
Olathe, KS 66062
w: 913-908-5954