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Eastern District Treble Chorus Festival
Saturday, March 23, 2019 (24th Snow Date)
Dedham Middle School, Dedham, MA

4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Students

Festival Day Schedule
8:30-9:00 Registration/ Check in
9:00-12:00 Rehearsal (with snack break)
12:00-12:45 Lunch (Students should bring a nut-free bag lunch!)
12:45-2:30 Rehearsal
3:00 pm Concert for Family and Friends

Concert Admission $5

Pre-Festival Rehearsal
Saturday, March 9th, 2019
9:00-12:30 pm
Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 (Snow date)

Festival Registration
Festival Registration Google Form must be filled out by the latest February 1st, 2019. http://bit.ly/GMTCreg All registration forms and fees should be either brought to the first rehearsal or mailed prior to the first rehearsal.

Parent letter: http://bit.ly/GMTCparent
Teacher Letter: http://bit.ly/GMTCteacher
Fact Sheet: http://bit.ly/GMTCFactSheet

Festival Information
We will be hosting the Treble Chorus Festival (rehearsal and performance) on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00am-3:00pm (Snow Date: Sunday, March 24th) at Dedham Middle School

In addition, there will be one pre-festival rehearsal. Participating singers should plan to attend the rehearsal on Saturday, March 9th (Snow Date: March 10th) from 9:00am-12:00am at Lincoln-Sudbury High School

Students must attend rehearsals with a group chaperone. It is highly recommended that the child's music teacher participates.

Any student who lives in the Eastern District, participates in music instruction, and is in 4th, 5th or 6th grade during the 18-19 school year is eligible to participate.

  • In an effort to provide an equitable way for as many schools as possible to participate, the selection is based off of your recommendation and data from your schools enrollment.
  • The amount of students a teacher can recommend will be based on School enrolment in each grade level: 4th, 5th, and 6th
  • For the first 100 students in the grade, teachers may recommend up to 3 singers to participate in the chorus.
  • For each additional 1-50 students in a school's total enrollment of students in a grade, a teacher may recommend up to 1 additional student to the chorus.

Here is an example of school eligibility by grade:

The Chorus will be comprised of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, chosen by teacher recommendation

Music teachers should ONLY recommend students who:
Are respectful and responsible in the music classroom and in rehearsal
Consistently use head voice while singing and accurately match pitch
Have excellent tone quality and breath support
Are able to read and perform basic, standard music notation
Are able to receive feedback and adapt to cues of a conductor
Are full of energy and enthusiasm for music and singing
Will attend both the pre-festival rehearsal and attend the festival on March 23rd (Snow date: March 24th)

The registration fee is $0. The festival fee is $25, which includes a t-shirt. To register your students complete the following by February 1, 2019:
1. Complete Google Form found at: http://bit.ly/GMTCreg
2. Submit student forms and payment by either:
Bring in all forms and payment on 1st rehearsal March 9th
Mailing Forms and Payment prior to March 9th:
Avery Elementary School
Attn Sara Santos
336 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026

Music Preparation
Teachers will help students prepare their music and choreography at their home school. Recorded practice tracks will be available in February on the Eastern District General Music website (http://www.mmeaeasterndistrict.org/gen_music.htm ) Practicing at home with recordings is a great way for students and parents to be involved in the responsibility of preparing for the festival.

We are so excited to have this festival in our district. We hope that you take advantage of this amazing experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the 1st Eastern District General Music Treble Chorus!


Sara Santos (Allen), General Music Coordinator MMEA Eastern District
Colleen Martin, Assistant General Music Coordinator MMEA Eastern District

All Information above can be found in one document on our Handbook