LMEA District IX

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Large Ensemble Assessments

Large Ensemble Assessments provide school ensembles with an opportunities to be assessed in both performance and sight-reading according to national adjudication standards. 

Types of entries: ensembles, student conductor
Eligibility
Classification
Music Selection
Forms and Fees
Schedule
Additional Information

 

Types of Entries

Ensembles

  • Large Choral or Instrumental Ensembles – No minimum number of members.
  • Second Groups and Training Groups – Students may NOT perform in both a training group and a top performing group. (Exception: instrumentalists performing on different instruments.)
  • Wind Ensemble – An ensemble with one player per part. (Exception: 1st flute, Bb clarinet, 1st trumpet, and tuba where there may be two players per part.)
    Note: Instrumentation for wind ensembles must be attached to the entry form.

Student Conductor

A student conductor may participate if conducting an ensemble consisting of a minimum of sixteen members and the performance stays within the six-minute time limit. He/she will conduct one selection in the sight-reading room after the ensemble completes their sight-reading adjudication.

There is a limit of one student conductor per ensemble. This event is conducted in the sight-reading room after the ensemble has completed sight-reading. An original score of the selection must be given to the sight-reading judge.

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Eligibility

  • All students participating in an ensemble must be enrolled in the participating school unless the group is certified as Class F, H, or I.
  • Choir Accompanists are NOT required to attend the participating school.
  • Instrumental accompanists or keyboard players are required to be enrolled in the participating school.
  • A high school student may not participate in a junior high, middle school, or elementary ensemble.
  • A junior high or middle school student may not participate in an elementary ensemble.
  • An elementary student may participate with a junior high, middle school, or high school, but will not be allowed to perform with their own ensemble. A middle school/junior high student may participate with a high school, but will not be allowed to perform with their own ensemble.
  • A stage performance may be conducted by a student teacher in part or whole.

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Classification

  • Classification is determined by the school’s official enrollment at the time the entry form is filled out and submitted. This must be certified by the school’s principal on the entry form.
  • Any group from a single school may enter a higher classification.
  • A group may select its required music from a higher grade without changing its classification.

High Schools

 

Classification
School enrollment at time of registration
 AAAA 1,800 and above
AAA  1,150 – 1,799
AA 700 – 1,149
A 400 – 699
B  1 – 399

 

Jr. High, Middle School, and Elementary Schools

 

Classification
School enrollment at time of registration
Top Grade

 9A
 9B
 9C

1000 and above
450 – 999
1 – 449

 9th
 8A
8B
8C

1000 and above
450 – 999
1 – 449

 8th 
 7A
 7B
 7C

1000 and above
450 – 999
1 – 449

 7th
 6A
 6B
 6C

1000 and above
450 – 999
1 – 449

6th
 5A
 5B
 5C

1000 and above
450 – 999
1 – 449

5th

 

Class D (band only)

Occasionally, there are unusual circumstances at a school that prevent groups from participating in District Assessments. If this is the case, a band director has the option to apply to the LMEA board for a temporary classification of class D. Please refer to the LMEA handbook for information about this classification. (This does not apply to choir or orchestra.)

Class F

Combined schools taught by the same director in an itinerant position may combine programs for Large Ensemble Assessments. Please refer to the LMEA handbook for information about this classification.

Class G

Students are 100% beginners. Sight-reading is not required at the district level unless the group plans to participate in the state large ensemble assessments.

Class H

This classification includes youth symphonies or choirs that rehearse on a regularly scheduled basis and each student is a member of their school’s ensemble program. Please refer to the LMEA handbook for information about this classification. 

Class I

This classification is for a parish or local honor group. The requirements are set one level higher than the largest school represented.

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Music Selections

All ensemble entries are required to perform three (3) selections.
NOTE: No ensemble is allowed to perform two selections written by or arranged by the same person.

Required Selection

All ensembles that include students in 6th grade and above must select one of their pieces from a required list specific to their classification. (Exceptions are spelled out above under “Classification.”)

For specific information about a particular type of ensemble, select one of the following:

Band
Choir

Information about Orchestra can be found in the LMEA Handbook.

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Forms and Fees

All registration information can be found on the registration form (located under “Forms” in the menu).

Fees, including the recording fee, are found on the registration form. A school check for the fees should be made payable to L.M.E.A. District IX. It is required that all ensembles are recorded (stage performance, adjudicator comments, sight-reading comments).

Registration deadline: The registration form, check, and a copy of the director’s LMEA membership card must be submitted to the District Director by the registration deadline to avoid a $50 late fee.

Bands: A Concert Band Set-up form is required to be submitted at the registration table on the day of the assessment event.

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Event Schedule

Dates of current Large Ensemle Assessments, locations, and other information can be found by selecting one of the following:

Band
Choir

 

Additional Information

Additional information can be found in the LMEA Handbook at www.lmeamusic.org.

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