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2024 MARYLAND 5th/6th GRADE 

Featured Session at the MMEA Annual State Conference, Saturday, February 24, 2024

Katy Bright, 5th/6th Grade Treble Demonstration Chorus Manager 
Toni Daniel, MCEA President


Maryland Choral Educators Association (MCEA) is proud to announce the return of the Maryland 5th/6th Grade Treble Demonstration Chorus that will be part of the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) Annual Conference on Saturday, February 24, 2024. The chorus will include exemplary treble singers (unchanged soprano and alto voices) from across the state of Maryland in 5th and 6th grade (as of the 2023-2024 school year). The students must be members of their elementary or middle school choral class. 


Fifth and sixth grade students will have the opportunity to spend the day making music with a renowned guest conductor and other equally enthusiastic young musicians. Students will rehearse and perform for music teachers across the state. The session will focus on many aspects of the rehearsal process including: warm-ups, vocal technique and intonation, rehearsal techniques for the large chorus, recruitment, time management and rehearsal pacing , programming diverse literature for emerging treble chorus.




Guest ConductorEmily James

Emily James holds both B.M degrees in Music Education and Voice Performance from Alderson-Broaddus (College) University, and her M.M. degree in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Mrs. James has over 18 years of experience in the field of Music Education, teaching Band, Strings, Treble Chorus, Private Studio, Adult Church Choir, and General Music.  She currently holds the title of General Music & Chorus Teacher at Central Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, as well as Assistant Director for All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis.

Emily James is also an active member of NAfME, MMEA, ACDA, and MCEA, acting as manager of the MCEA 5th/6th Grade Demonstration Chorus previously.

Mrs. James brings a passion for rigorous music learning experiences, whole child development, and vocal excellence, as well as a diverse toolbox of instructional methods. She is a recipient of the Maryland Music Educators Association’s 2019 Outstanding Music Teacher Award, and a national board certified teacher. She currently resides in Annapolis, MD with her husband and four children.

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Important Dates

  • Nomination Deadline (Educators)  - January 24, 2024

  • Registration Window(Caregivers) - January 26 to February 7, 2024

  • Music Provided (Educators) - Digital distribution approx two weeks prior to the event

  • Event Date (Students, Caregivers, Educators) - Saturday, February 24, 2024; approx. 12:30-5pm



Nomination Process (Educators Only)


  • Each Maryland public or private school choral educator may nominate up to six singers from their choral classes. 

  • Please choose three of each voice part (three sopranos, three altos). If that is a problem, nominate your best treble singers. 

  • Membership in MMEA/NAfME is not required but strongly encouraged. Join/renew here. 

  • All nominations will be processed through Submitable, using the link below. We will not accept nominations via email.

  • After the nomination window closes, caregivers will receive an email with a link to the registration form.

Invoicing (Educators Only)

  • If the school, school booster, or district is paying for students to participate in the demonstration chorus, please indicate this on the nomination form.

  • Invoices will be sent after the registration window closes.

  • The participation fee for all students is $25.

Nomination Submittable Form

  • Nominations are now closed.

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