Saturday, October 31, 2015



Image result for guitar2016 NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble

NJMEA Honors Guitar has been approved!  The 2015-16 school year will be the first time that a NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble will exist for NJ guitar students in grades 9-12.  

See the links below and attachments to prep your students for the audition. There are detailed instructions.



Image result for Atlantic Guitar QuartetIt is important to spread the word to the teachers who you know in NJ and mark your calendars for April 16, 2016, as this will be the NJMEA Guitar Festival at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ which will feature the chosen students, as well as featured guest artist for performance and master class by the Atlantic Guitar Quartet from Baltimore (right).

We need to have student and teacher participation on many levels.

  • Students will need to be sponsored by their K-12 music teacher who should be a member of NJMEA so communication with these educators is important. 
  • Please consider volunteering your time to help as an adjudicator, sectional coach, and other festival duties. Otherwise this will be unsuccessful! 
  • Twelve students will be awarded the title through an audition process that is modelled after what the Virginia Music Education Association and their All State Guitar Ensemble guidelines are.
  • There will also be showcase performance opportunities for other school ensemble groups and soloists, concerts, workshops and master classes at the festival.  It is important to spread the word to as many guitar educators and students as possible.

A special note to students auditioning, teachers and parents:  This is a commitment and 100% participation is required on all dates.  If this cannot be honored, please do not audition.

In this issue you will find the appropriate sign up forms and audition requirements.

2016 NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble

WHEN: February 20, 2016, 9am-1pm (snow date Feb. 27 @ Bergen Academy  9am-1pm)
The College of New Jersey (music dept), 2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628 Ewing, NJ

Audition Requirements for students in grades 9-12

  • Study #1 in C Major by FRANCISCO TARREGA  Revised and Fingered by Matthew S. Ablan which can be found in this issue and on the link below
    Scale Requirement:  E Melodic Minor Found in link below
  • Ensemble Excerpt:  see attached .pdf
  • Sight Reading at the audition.
  • Students will be judged on a point system for correct notes and rhythms, tone quality, musicality: dynamics, phrasing, interpretation and overall quality of preparation for prepared piece, ensemble excerpt, scale and sight reading.

Rehearsal 1
WHEN: March 19, 2016, 9am-12pm (snow date March 21@ BCA 5pm-8pm)

WHERE: Bergen County Academies, 200 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

Rehearsal 2
WHERE: April 9, 2016; 9am-12pm (snow date April 10 @BCA 9am-12pm)
WHERE: Rowan University 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028 

WHEN: April 16 @ TCNJ (no snow date), arrive at 2pm for warm up/running
ensemble performance 3:00pm; student showcase 3:30pm; guest artist 4:00pm

Audition Fee for NJMEA: $10 (non-refund)   see form in this issue of Tempo
Participation Fee (if selected):  $60 and 5 tickets for concert)

Personnel: ichael Lemma, Conductor   Bergen Academy
NJMEA Guitar Festival Directors: Keith Calmes & Thomas Amoriello