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Updated Festival Information

Please mark your calendars, our festival registration is coming up quickly! We are going to be having three days of festival registration to break up between jazz, band and orchestra, and choir. Please make yourselves familiar with the timeline as it is slightly different from what we have done in the past.


Registration opens at 4:00pm on each of the following dates:

September 9- Jazz

September 11- Band and Orchestra

September 13- Choir

PLEASE NOTE- the Large Ensembles Fees per group are now $280. We will still scholarship Title I schools who would like to attend a Large Ensemble Festival.


Rating ranges for all festivals.


Superior = 85-100

Excellent = 84-64

Good = 63-38

Fair = 37-9

For Jazz:

On the back (Rubric):

20 point categories — 


Superior = 17-20

Excellent = 12-16

Good = 7-11

Fair = 1-6



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: http://www.nafme.org/find-your-account/



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.

Information on how to register for CMEA festivals can be found in the most recent Tempo.

  • Click here to create your account for Festival Registration
  • Click here for the Festival Registration Site

    Festival Registration Fees:

    Large Group: $250 per group

    Solo and Ensemble: $30 per entry 


    Festival Evaluation Form

    After you have completed your festival(s) and listened to your adjudicator comments, please fill out and submit the Festival Evaluation and Adjudicator Evaluation forms. These forms can be filled out online by visiting the Festival Registration Site, above, or through the below links:


    The Solo and Ensemble Evaluation form can be filled out online by clicking the link below. 


    Medals Order Form

    After you have completed your festival(s), you may order medals, pins, or plaques by using the form below. Once you fill out the form, be sure to print it out and then mail it in. Medals, pins, and plaques are also sold at the festivals.


    Site Hosts


    Festival Repertoire

    Choral Repertoire - click here to get ideas for choral repertoire (docx)


    Festival Coordinators

    For specific questions regarding festival registration and processes, please contact

    Large Group Coordinator Greg Conway

    Solo & Ensemble Coordinator Danna Mitchell-Carter

    Adjudication Bob Calonico

    Festival Sight-Reading Routes

    Band/ Orchestra 2018


    Choral Sight-Reading Information

    Please click on the link below to see examples of the materials for Bay Section's Choral Sight Reading process. For your information, on the examples, Levels I and II are CMEA Bay Section Class 1, Levels III and IV are CMEA Bay Section Class 2, and Levels V and VI are CMEA Bay Section Class 3. You will have the choice of selecting any material in your class, as designated by your Classification when you register and select the Sight Reading option for your ensemble.


    Score Sheets and Rubrics: