CMEA Bay Section News

Solo/Ensemble Registration Postponed until Nov. 9

Solo/Ensemble registration will be postponed until Mon. Nov. 9.  Just like Large Group festival, S/E  registration will be utillizing the new Festival Registration System, however, as the scheduling, adminstration and logistical issues of S/E festivals are different than Large Group Festivals the system needs to be customized for S/E.

Conference Group Nominations

This year we will be using Google doc forms for the conference group nominations.  Eventually, this process will be done via the Bay Section website just like the new Festival registration system (the conference group nomination system is still in the works).  For this year, please use the nomination links below to register your students.  Nominations are due by October 31, 2015.


    Band Nomination Form

    Orchestra Nomination Form

    Choir Nomination Form

    Jazz:  will be processed differently, see information below - Jazz deadline is October 30:

Conference Jazz Ensemble Letter

Conference Jazz Ensemble Audition Materials

Conference Jazz Ensemble Application


If you have any questions the respresentatives of each conference group are down below. 


    Band:                   Efrain Hinojosa

    Orchestra:           Brant Nishida

    Choir:                   Lisa Jouaneh

    Jazz:                     Keith Johnson


We thank you for your patience, the Board understands this will be a transition year to the new registration systems. In the end, this will have been worth the time and effort needed to improve our Bay Section members’ festival/conference experience.

Out of Area Festival Registration opens T. 9/22/15 at 4pm.


New Festival Registration Site Directions

See the Tempo articles, referenced below, for information about the new festival registration site.

Members need their NAfME/CMEA ID# in order to register groups for festival.  To find your ID# go to the NAfME website to retrieve their membership number:

Tempo Articles pertaining to the New Festival Registration and Festival Evaluation System



New Job Postings

See the listing on the right side of this page for more information.

2016 CMEA Winter Conference Information

January 8-9, 2016   Bay Section Conference at Chabot College

CMEA Adjudication Information

CMEA ADJUDICATION SESSION QUESTIONNAIRE - click here to fill out the survey (after you attend the session or view the PowerPoint presentation, below).

CMEA Adjudication PowerPoint (pptx format) - click here to download the PowerPoint presentation for viewing on your computer


Stand Up 4 Music (click the link to visit the SU4M website)

The 2014 CMEA-led Stand Up 4 Music (SU4M) California Music Education Advocacy Day was held on Thursday, May 22, 2014.  CMEA has posted a five-minute video online that contains clips of the event and interviews with some of the participants. In order to see this video, go to: .



Since 2013-2014 Festival Season, all festivals have been named by their regions rather than by their Areas. The regions are: 

  • North (Areas I & VII), representing Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.
  • East (Areas II & III), representing Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
  • South (Areas V & VIII), representing Santa Clara county.
  • West (Area VI), representing San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
  • Valley (Area IV), representing Alpine, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties.


For more information on Festivals, click on the Festival tab, above.