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Featured Session at the MMEA Fall In-Service Conference
Friday, October 20, 2023
Toni Daniel, MCEA President
Robby Napoli, Ensemble Manager 


Maryland Choral Educators Association (MCEA) is proud to announce the continuation of the Maryland Tenor/Bass High School Demonstration Chorus as part of the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) Fall In-Service on Friday, October 20, 2023. The chorus will include exemplary tenor and bass singers from across the state of Maryland in grades 9-12 (as of the 2023-2024 school year). All nominated students must be members of their high school choral class. 

Maryland public or private school high school choral educators are encouraged to nominate up to four singers from their choral program for this experience. Membership in MMEA/NAfME is not required but strongly encouraged. If possible, please choose two of each voice part (two tenors, two basses), but if that is a problem, please nominate your best tenor/bass singers of any balance. 









Date, Location, Schedule

  • Date - Friday, October 20, 2023

  • Location - Long Reach High School, Howard County

  • Student Arrival/Check In - 7:45am-8am

  • Rehearsals - 8am-10:15am

  • Snack Break/Move to Auditorium 10:15am-10:45am

  • Session Preparation - 10:45am-12:00pm

  • Session/Performance - 12:00pm*

  • Student Dismissal/Pick Up - 12:45pm

*Caregivers are encouraged to attend the performance as an audience member. 

Timeline/Participation Fee

  • Nominations Due from Educators - Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 12pm (noon)

  • Registration Window for Caregivers - October 4 to October 13 at 12pm (noon)

  • Participation fee per student - $25.00, due at registration

Educators Only - Educators who wish to be invoiced for their student’s participation fees may indicate this on the nomination form. Invoices will be sent after the registration window closes. Students of invoiced educators need not pay at registration.

Late Fee Policy - Invoices not paid within 60 days will be assessed a late fee. Invoice totals of $100 or less will be assessed a late fee of $20.00. Invoices over $100, will be assessed a 20% late fee, not to exceed $500.00

Tenor/Bass Demo Chorus Nomination Form (Educators Only)


Student nominations must be received by September 27, 2023. All nominations will only be accepted through Submittable.


Performance Repertoire
Access to the repertoire for rehearsal purposes will be provided to educators at the conclusion of the nomination process. Access to the repertoire will be provided to the caregivers at event registration.

Students are not required to have the music memorized but should be well prepared and be willing to put their music down at the conductor's request.

Transportation & Meals/Snacks

  • Caregivers/Students are responsible for their own transportation and to bring a meal/snack. 

  • Students must have transportation ready when the event is dismissed. 

  • MMEA is not responsible for any transportation, and is not providing any food or water bottles. There will be water fountains for refillable bottles.

Dress Code
Students should come dressed in their performance attire. There will not be a changing area.


  • White Top (at least ¾ sleeve)

  • Black Bottom (pants or skirt of at least calf length)

  • Black Shoes

  • Appropriate for a choral performance

What Should Students Bring

  • Music (folders will be provided)

  • Pencil with eraser

  • Meal/Snack

  • Refillable Water Bottle

Rules for Participating Students

  • Each student must be on time.

  • Each student must be prepared and follow the directions. 

  • Students will show respect for all supervising adults and one another. 

  • Creating a positive environment for diversity, inclusion, leadership, and teamwork is essential. All defamatory, abusive, slurs, profane, threatening, offensive, harassing language or actions are strictly prohibited.

  • Caregivers are not permitted to remain at the event until the session is open to conference attendees and caregivers as audience members. 

  • Students are not permitted to leave until the conclusion and dismissal of the event.

  • Students who bring a cell phone, laptop or any electronic device to the event do so at their own risk. MMEA is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft, nor any connection charges. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned OFF and stored out of sight during rehearsal hours.

Questions and Communication
To help facilitate this event, caregivers or students may need to communicate directly with MMEA staff for questions and support. We ask that the student’s music educator be copied on all messages to MMEA to assure transparency and accurate communication. MMEA staff will extend the same courtesy in the event staff needs to communicate with caregivers and/or students.  

Please direct all questions to MMEA Staff at


Covid-19 Protocols For MMEA In-Person Events
To ensure everyone's health and safety to the best of our abilities, MMEA is asking everyone to approach any possible Covid diagnosis or possible exposures with caution. Students are encouraged to remain home if they are feeling ill/symptomatic. MMEA reserves the right to ask for proof of a negative covid test prior to the event. 

MMEA will continue to monitor and address this changing landscape of the Covid pandemic. Please note, MMEA and/or the hosting school system reserves the right to change this policy. Should masks be required, they must be at least a 2-layer mask. Well fitted KN-95 or N-95 masks are encouraged.  MMEA supports any participants' use of PPE. 

Photo Release Statement 
The Caregiver completing this form consents to the publication and use of their student’s first name/ likeness for the purpose of promotion, publicity, advertising, or other manner or media by the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) or any other representative authorized to act on behalf of the aforementioned entity. Likeness shall include, but not be limited to, photographs, sound and/or video recordings, films, broadcasts, brochures, publications, reports, web pages, promotional materials or any other audio-visual, electronic, printed, tangible work in any media or format, now known or hereafter to become known, and/or reproductions of any of these. These items are the property of the MMEA and that neither the caregiver, nor the student, shall have any right of review or approval regarding the use of the student’s first name/likeness in such material. The Caregiver hereby releases and hold harmless, the MMEA along with their respective employees, agents, affiliates, sponsors, or other representatives from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action arising out of the use of the student’s first name and/or likeness, in accordance with the terms of this release. It is understood and agreed that neither the caregiver, nor the student, will be compensated in any way for the use of my student’s first name and/or likeness by MMEA. (MMEA will not use a student’s last name in a public forum for this event.) 


Statement of Participation 
The Caregiver completing this form understands the information provided and approves the student’s  participation in this event/activity. Participation in the activity is entirely voluntary and requires participants to abide by applicable rules and standards of conduct. The caregiver releases Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA), the activity coordinators, and all directors, officers, employees, volunteers, agents, and related parties from any and all claims or liability arising out of this participation. Caregivers also understand that MMEA is not providing any transportation to/from this event. 

Guest ConductorThe guest conductor will be Mr. James Turk, Director of Vocal Music at DeMatha Catholic High School, as the guest conductor. “Coach”, as he is affectionately called, has directed the High School Tenor/Bass Demonstration Chorus before and with great success. An educator, director, pianist, and composer/arranger,  Mr. Turk has served as director of the Capitol Hill Chorale, the Navy Sea Chanters, and currently the choirs of DeMatha Catholic in Prince George’s County as well as remaining active with MMEA/MCEA. With over 35 years of experience in the field, he is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, clinician, announcer, church musician, and pianist.

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