Saskatchewan Music Educators Association
Honour Band / Honour Choir - updating for 2018 soon... Read this!
The SMEA is launching a significantly updated (and totally fantastic) new website that will allow you to submit audition files as well as audition and/or recommendation forms ENTIRELY online! Participants will also be able to pay their registration fees online, making the entire Honour Groups 2018 process more streamlined, efficient, and convenient for teachers, parents, and students.
While the website is not currently operational, teachers and parents are encouraged to get started on the recording process for auditioning students (requirements below). Stay tuned for updates on website launch, at which point all online submissions can be completed.
Band audition requirements: Click here
Choir audition requirements: Click here
Art Thou Troubled (choir audition):https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LZhQqgDj7FLAut6GnjFFIe9D- Fl5nsT8/view?usp=sharing
Our new website is Haydn in the background for now, but don’t worry… we’ll be Bach soon!
In the meantime, don’t let the lack of Honour Groups 2018 information Strauss you out. Holst your horses - don’t un-Ravel! The info is here! Start making your Liszt of students you’d like to encourage for this great opportunity, and start recording their audition tracks. Soon the website will be ready for your submissions…. and then we’ll be Orff and running!
(puns thanks to Lauren Lohneis)
Audition Requirements & Rules
Auditions/Nominations Accepted NOW till May 15th, 2017
Band & Choir General Information
Eligibility: This opportunity is open to any Saskatchewan student enrolled in Grade 9 -12 at the start of the school year (Sept 2017). Applicants are expected to perform at a high school level (or beyond) in all aspects of music. Placement in an Honour Group is at the discretion of the auditioning adjudicators. All auditions are anonymous. There is zero tolerance for auditions which contain "identity indicating" speech of any kind. (Placement in the Provincial Honour Choir is done through teacher evaluations and some by independent audition.)
Cost of Participation: SMEA is waiving the $10 audition fee per group/instrument to which they apply and provide an MP3 audition, as a recognition of SMEA's 60th Anniversary! There is no audition charge($10) required for 2017.
Rehearsal and Performance Dates: The Honour Groups 2017 will take place in Regina from Thursday Oct 26 (noon) to Saturday Oct 28) with Gala Concert at 4:30 PM Oct 28, 2017. The recorded performance will take place in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Music Conference, oct 26, 27, 28 - 2017. Musicians failing to attend any rehearsal may be required to withdraw from their respective group.
Audition: Applicants are responsible for recording and sending in a good quality recording of the audition materials required. Submissions should be made using the MP3 format.
Each audition recording must be accompanied by the appropriate form (links above). MP3's submitted without being properly identified with student name, instrument/voice, and not having a corresponding signed form will be discarded.
Nomination / Audition Deadline: is May 15th, 2017 . Items postmarked after that day will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their recommendation by June 15, 2017. There will be no extension of the deadline this year. Students will have some of the repertoire (if not all) by the end of June.