Featured Session at the MMEA Fall In-Service Day - Friday, October 21, 2022

Welcome Letter from the Conductor



I can’t wait to work with the terrific tenor and bass singers from across the state of Maryland this October at the MMEA Fall In-Service! 


I have been working with bass-clef choirs since I was an undergraduate, including as a conductor of the Varsity Chorus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the Apollo Chorus at the University of Southern California. 


These ensembles and the musical opportunities they provide are so important to me that I started the tenor-bass choir (Troubadours) at Frostburg State University when I accepted this position five years ago. To achieve the widest experience possible for our singers, we perform music from the traditional TB canon, Barbershop, new compositions, and even frequently adapt SSA music for the TB range. I’m looking forward to making music with you in October. If you have any questions before then, you can email me at serieker@frostburg.edu


Dr. Scott Rieker


Director of Choral Activities & Choral Music Education

Frostburg State University

Department of Music

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Welcome Letter from MCEA

Maryland Choral Educators Association (MCEA) is proud to announce the return of the Maryland Tenor-Bass Demonstration Chorus that will be part of the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) Fall In-Service on Friday, October 21, 2022. The chorus will include exemplary tenor and bass singers from across the state of Maryland in grades 9-12 (as of the 2022-2023 school year). The students must be members of their high school choral class. 


Each Maryland public or private school choral educator may nominate up to four singers from their chorus classes. Educators do not need to be NAfME members for their students to participate. If possible, please choose two of each voice part (two tenors, two basses), but if that is a problem, send your best Tenor/Bass singers. The cost per student is $20.00. Students will need to provide their own lunch and transportation for the day. The performance dress code for the day is black bottom and white top. Students should come dressed for the performance. There will not be any available changing areas. 


The conference will take place on Friday October 21 at Urbana High School in Frederick County. Dr. Scott Rieker from Frostburg State University has agreed to be our guest conductor. Students will report at 8:00 AM.


After a lunch break, the students will be part of a professional development session for educators on working with the tenor/bass singing voices. They will perform the selected works at the conclusion of the session. Caregivers may join the session at 11:45 am as an audience member. The students will be dismissed at approximately 12:30 pm. Transportation must be arranged for the students at dismissal. 


DIRECTIONS - Maryland Public and Private School educators are asked to forward this letter and registration to their nominated students and their caregivers. Caregivers are to complete the registration form and provide payment. Registration must be completed by 12:00 pm (noon)  on Friday, October 14, 2022. Please review the following pages for important policies and procedures. 


We are excited about this opportunity for Tenor and Bass singers and hope you and your students will participate. 




Charnice Frazier, Tenor-Bass Demonstration Chorus Manager 

Dr. Edryn J. Coleman, MCEA President

Important Information

Date & Time

  • Friday, October 21, 2022

  • Student Arrival/Check In - 8:00 AM

  • Student Dismissal/Pick Up - 12:30 PM


Registration & Fee

  • Student/Caregiver Must register for this experience by Friday, October 14, 2022 at 12:00 pm

  • $20.00 Participation Fee

  • Payment is required at the time of registration


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 when it is open to conference attendees and caregivers. 

  • 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. Those are the responsibility of the student. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned OFF and stored out of sight during rehearsal hours.


Transportation & Lunch

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

  • Students must have transportation ready to take them home the moment the event is dismissed. 

  • MMEA is not responsible for any transportation, and is not providing any food (water will be provided). 


Dress Code

  • White Top

  • Black Bottom

  • Appropriate for a choral performance

Important Policies - Caregivers of participants must agree to the following.

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. 

The following information will be required Information on the form

Student First Name

Student Last Name

Student Grade

Vocal Part

School Name


Nominating Choral Educator’s Name

Nominating Choral Educator’s Email 

Covid Acknowledgment

Photo Release Statement Acknowledgement 

Statement of Participation Agreement 

Relevant Allergies/Medical Conditions 

Caregiver First Name

Caregiver Last Name

Caregiver Emergency Contact Information (Must be reachable  the day of the event)

Caregiver Email



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.  


Questions, please contact MMEA Staff at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com.