Large Ensemble MPA

Large Ensemble MPA Registration Form

  1. Purpose:To provide each performing group with an opportunity to improve and to evaluate its performance.
    • By comparison with a set standard of excellence.
    • By comparison with the performance of other groups.
  2. Eligibility
    • The Choral Director of each student participating in Senior High Choral Section activities must be a current member, in good standing, of the North Carolina Music Educators Association.
    • The choral member must be enrolled in a scheduled choral class which receives one unit of credit in the current school year.
  3. Regulations
    • Schools will be expected to register and participate in their own regions except where travel will be shorter to another region or when conflicts in dates might be avoided. Where groups have reason to participate outside their own region, the regional chairperson to whom they are applying will rule on their acceptance, dependent on time and space available. Groups will not be permitted to enter more than one Regional Choral Music Performance Adjudication per year.
    • Registration blanks and fees from each school participating must be completed and mailed to the district chairperson on or before February 1. (Choral directors will not receive any information from the district chairperson prior to February 1.) District chairpersons will set deadlines (and enforce penalty) for submission of all required Music Performance Adjudication forms, titles of selections, etc. See district list by counties.
    • Notification of withdrawal must be made to the regional chairman postmarked no later than three weeks before the Music Performance Adjudication date; otherwise entry fees will not be refunded.
    • Each choral group will be permitted to participate in any Regional Choral Music Performance Adjudication for criticism only, or for criticism and a rating. Each group requesting criticism and rating will be awarded one of the following ratings: Superior, Excellent, Average, Below Average, or Poor.
    • Each choral group wishing criticism and rating will determine the classification by selecting music from the official NCMEA graded music list. There will be six graded classifications. Choral groups wishing only criticism are not bound to the official NCMEA classification. Each group will be required to perform at least one selection from the graded music list.
    • There will be no maximum limitations concerning the size of the choral groups. If a school has more than one choral group of like nature, each will be permitted to enter, provided there is no duplication of personnel within like groups unless director provides verification (signed by principal) of dual enrollment to site chairperson with Music Performance Adjudication application. Such groups need not enter the same classification. A student may participate in two groups of unlike nature (for example: male chorus and mixed chorus.
    • Deadline for application is February 1 of each year.
    • There is no size limitation for any chorus.
    • If neither of the two selections performed is from the Music Performance Adjudication List, the group will not be allowed to sing for a rating.
    • Regional chairpersons will set deadlines (and enforce penalty) for submission of all required Music Performance Adjudication forms (except registration statewide deadline, February 1) i.e., judges information, titles of selections, etc.
    • There will be no repetition of repertoire by a single director from a single school with any ensemble or chorus within a two-year period; therefore, directors may not choose the same music for Small Ensemble and/or Regional Choral Music Performance Adjudication within a two-year period.
    • The regional chairperson will be required to complete all reports and forward correct copies to the activities coordinator and the NCMEA Executive Director within forty-five (45) days after the event. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the regional chairman’s honorarium. Use of cassette tapes: One adjudicator of the three will be asked to make his comments using a cassette recorder, the cassette to be provided by the director at the time of registration. The adjudicator making comments by recording will use the standard printed form for recording his rating of the performance.
    • Special recognition of superior ratings – a plaque will be made available from the Executive Director to all groups with superior ratings at the participant’s expense.
  4. Performance
    • Each group will prepare from memory two selections of equal difficulty. For those groups wishing to receive ratings, one of the two selections MUST be from the official CURRENT NCMEA MUSIC LISTS.
    • All choral directors must deposit their prepared compositions (three copies) with cuts clearly indicated and measures numbered to the regional chairman prior to performance.
    • Music duplicated mechanically or by hand is a violation of the copyright laws and will not be accepted. Judges will be instructed not to adjudicate groups using illegally duplicated music. Music from legal public choral domain websites may be adjudicated as long as the music includes proper citations.
    • Ratings will not be posted in the performance area.
    • Timing: not to exceed ten minutes per entry.
    • Failure to observe the rules and regulations of the Choral Section for any event will cause the school to forfeit participation in the event the following year. A letter will be written to the school principal and to the choral director/teacher.
  5. Sight-reading
    • Sight-reading will be optional. Directors may select which voicing their groups will sight-sing. Sight-reading will be graded separately from performance and not included as part of the cumulative grade. Sight-reading grades of Superior will be published in the EDUCATOR. The state coordinator of choral activities shall be responsible for securing and distributing sight-reading material appropriate for all voice classifications. There will be no observers, other than assigned student teachers, for sight-reading. The procedure will take place in a room close to the performance area. The site coordinator will secure an accomplished accompanist for sight-reading. A separate adjudicator will be employed for the sight-reading when necessary.
  6. Procedures
    • Each chorus should be met at the door by an attendant and told to file in and take seats quietly and quickly, rearranging to the accustomed seating arrangements. Attendants can assist in rearranging seats. If one group arrives before another has finished its performance, it should be detained at a point far enough away so that the members will be unable to hear the music distinctly.
    • The attendants may pass out the music after the chorus members take their seated positions. The music is not seen until instructions have been given.
    • The judge shall go to the conductor’s stand and read the rules of the Music Performance Adjudication and/or deliver such other instructions as he feels will assist the organization in doing the best possible job of sight-reading.
      1. Each group shall perform one (1) rhythmic exercise of the adjudicator’s choosing. The group will have one (1) minute to examine the exercise. The director may not actualize any rhythm. The method of execution of the rhythmic exercise shall be at the discretion of the director. i.e., clapping or any rhythmic syllables.
      2. Each group shall also perform one (1) singing exercise in the voicing selected by the director. The director may not actualize any rhythm, harmonies or voice leadings. The director shall not sing any part of the selection (rhythmic or melodic) or play it on the piano.
      3. Students are each given a copy of the music. They and the director are given four (4) minutes to study and discuss the music. The students may ask questions but may not discuss or rehearse the music in any way. After the four minutes are over, the key may be established by students singing the scale and/or tonic triad at the direction of their director. The pitches are given at the piano, the group may hum or sing their starting pitches and sing through using solfege syllables, scale degree numbers, of lyrics, the piece one time with piano accompaniment. After that, they may have one (1) minute to discuss the piece, then the pitches are given again and the piece is sung a cappella, using solfege syllables, scale degree numbers, or lyrics. The final performance will then be sung a cappella (lyrics optional) During all readings, the director may only conduct. He/she may make no audible contribution to the group’s performance.
      4. The sight-reading demonstration should be treated as performance, not as a rehearsal. While it is not against the rules to call out numbers to the singers while they are performing or to stop and begin again, the director is admitting a sight-reading weakness, which must be taken, into consideration by the judge.
      5. At the conclusion of the audition, members of the group should remain seated until all music has been returned and counted. The director should caution students to gather their belongings before exiting the room. The director should be given a few seconds for any instructions he /she wishes to give, and the singers should then be asked to leave quietly and quickly to make room for the next group.
  7. Fees
    • $125.00 per chorus
    • $1.00 per capita for each audit
  8. Adjudicators
    • Three adjudicators (who must be members of NCMEA) will be assigned to each Regional Choral Music Performance Adjudication. Adjudicators must have taught in the state of North Carolina for two (2) years.
    • Two adjudicators will be from the senior or junior high school teaching level and one adjudicator will be from an institution of higher education.
    • When adjudicators assign honor ratings lower than the top rating, Superior, they will be asked to be specific in their comments.
    • Adjudicators will be paid $275.00 per day and per diem
    • Adjudicators will be paid $137.50 per half day (three hours or less) and NCMEA per diem.
  9. HS Choral Districts are indicated on the calendar