High School 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.

High School Orchestra


Gold: TBA
Blue: TBA

Important Dates
Aug. 27 - Business Meeting @ Gardner-Edgerton HS
Oct. 13 - Audition Registration Deadline - $12 per audition
Oct. 27 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 - $25 per audition
Nov. 8 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 - $50 per audition
Nov. 9 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 - on-site registration $100 per audition
Nov. 9 - Auditions @ Gardner-Edgerton HS
Dec. 7 - Clinics & Concerts @ Olathe West HS

Students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 may audition for ECKMEA HS Orchestra. Students in grades 9-12 that make the District orchestra and participate in the ECKMEA December mini-convention will be eligible to audition for KMEA All-State instrumental groups.

Audition Registration
Audition registration must be entered online in the KMEA Members site.

Generate your fee invoice using the ECKMEA Invoice Generator.

Audition judging will be held Saturday, November 9 at Gardner-Edgerton HS. Teachers are expected to help with the event. Sign ups will be available at the ECKMEA meeting. Blind Auditions (students can dress comfortably). Encouraged to bring a music stand for the warm-up area. There will be snacks available for purchase.
7:00 AM - Director Meeting. Follow signs to find location of orchestra directors room.
7:30 AM - Student Registration

Audition Excerpts
Audition excerpts and scales are available for download at the KMEA website. ksmea.org/hsorchestra/excerpts/

The ECKMEA Orchestras rehearsal/performance will be held on Saturday, December 7, at Olathe West High School. Students are expected to wear their school's concert uniform (black dress or tuxedo). Literature will be chosen soon and practice copies will be sent to directors in November.

If chosen for the District Orchestra, students are expected to participate for the entire event- NO EXCEPTIONS. Please note that the first Saturday in December is a popular testing day, and a student must be present for the entire convention to be eligible to audition for state orchestra. Please make arrangements to NOT test on the convention date if planning to audition for state orchestra.
Michelle Joy
Olathe-North HS
600 E Prairie St
Olathe, KS 66061
w: 913-780-7140
Important Dates - HS 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. 13, 2024 - Sun
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Orchestra
$12 per audition
Oct. 27, 2024 - Sun
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 — HS Orchestra
$25 per audition
Nov. 8, 2024 - Fri
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 — All HS Ensembles
$50 per audition
Nov. 9, 2024 - Sat
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 — All HS Ensembles
$100 per audition
Nov. 9, 2024 - Sat
District HS Honor Group Live Auditions
Gardner-Edgerton HS
Nov. 19, 2024 - Tue
Student Scholarship Application due
Dec. 7, 2024 - Sat
Choir: Shawnee Mission NWHS
Orchestra: Olathe West HS
Band: Blue Valley HS

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