LMEA District IX

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Large Ensemble – Choir


Performance Requirements

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

Directors must provide three original scores of each selection for the adjudicators. These scores must have each measure numbered. Duplicated scores will be accepted only if accompanied by written permission from the copyright owner. Directors with illegal material will not be allowed to participate.

Ensembles performing with a student conductor must have an additional original copy of their performance selection for the sight-reading adjudicator.

Required Selection

  • High Schools
    Choirs classified as AAAA, AAA, AA, A, or B may choose two of their three selections from any appropriate source. The third selection, the required piece, must be chosen from the current Texas UIL Prescribed Music List according to the following levels:
Class Texas UIL Prescribe List Levels
AAAA Grades IV and V 
AAA Grades III, IV, and V 
AA Grades II, III, IV, and V 
A Grades I, II, III, IV, and V 
B Grades I, II, and III 

These levels are considered a minimum level. Any group may perform a required number from a higher grade level without changing its classification.

  • Training groups* may choose the required selection from the classification two grades lower than the top group on the current Texas UIL Prescribed Music List.

*A training group is defined as a group whose membership is comprised of students who have not attained a level of musical maturity to warrant membership in the top performing group. Students may not perform in both a training group and a top performing group.
Note: Training groups should be so designated ont he entry form (ex.: AAA-training)

  • All middle school/junior high school choirs entering as a 6, 7, 8, 9, or G classification must choose one selection from any grade on the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List. The other two selections may be chosen from any source.
  • Elementary school choruses up through grade 6 must perform three selections chosen from any source. At least half of one selection must be in harmony in two or more parts.
  • Additional information can be found in the LMEA Handbook.


 Performance Time Limits

High school choirs will be allowed 20 minutes for performance.

All other choirs will be allowed a minimum of 15 minutes, not to exceed 20 minutes.

Warm-up time will correspond to performance time limits.



  • Sight-reading is required for all choirs in classes AAAA, AAA, AA, A, B, F, and all groups with a 7, 8, or 9 preceding their classification. Sight reading is optional for all other groups. However, in order to qualify for State Festival participation, groups must sight read at the district festival. This includes class G with 100% beginners.
  • Training groups will sight-read two grades below the first group’s classification.
  • Third groups will sight-read one group below the second group.
  • Madrigal choirs, chorales, and other specialized or audition-based choirs may not sight-read the same music as the concert choir.
  • All groups are allowed total of 8 minutes for the examination and discussion of the sight-reading music. There are very specific procedures for what can be done during the examination period and the actual sight-reading. These rules are available on the LMEA website.
  • Accompanist – the district will provide an accompanist for the sight-reading event.



Assessment Date March 1, 2018
Location TBA
Time TBA (ensembles are scheduled on a first come, first served basis according to receipt of registration form and fees).
Scheduling concerns must be submitted with registration.
Registration Deadline February 2, 2018 (postmark)
A late fee of $50 will be assessed if this deadline is not met. Late fees must be paid before a school will be scheduled.
Forms and fees Form can be found under Forms. Mail form, check, and copy of LMEA card to the District Director by the deadline (postmark).


Choir Results – Large Ensemble 2017

Choir Results – Large Ensemble 2016


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