Middle Level Orchestra

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.
Important Dates
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!

Festival Site
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...

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.

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 ensemble.

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.
Doug Spata
Alfred Publishing Company

Dragon Dances
Soon Hee Newbold
FJH Music Company

Deborah Baker Monday
Kendor Music
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.
Jenny Klinkenberg
Olathe Prairie Trail MS
21600 W. 107th St
Olathe, KS 66061
w: 816-518-4245