Proof of OMEA membership is required of all participating directors/teachers. Dues for the current year must be paid by the director before access to the OMEA portal is granted and applications can be processed Annual dues are payable to National Association for Music Education, Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA, http://www.nafme.org. Payment of dues secures active membership in both OMEA and NAfME, and includes a one-year subscription to TRIAD, Music Educators Journal, and Teaching Music. Membership information is on the OMEA Web Site.
An Adjudicated Event participant must be officially enrolled (student is counted on the EMIS report as filed by the superintendent with the Ohio State Department of Education) in the school he or she represents and be a regularly participating member of that school's vocal or instrumental program, (i.e. string players - orchestra; vocalists - choral group; wind and percussion players, auxiliary members - band or orchestra) to be eligible to participate. The teacher registering the event must be both an OMEA member and the director of the large group that the student represents - choir directors register students/events for vocal participants, band and orchestra directors register students/events for their respective instrumental participants. Penalty for ineligible participants is disqualification of the performing ensemble and possible future suspension from OMEA Adjudicated Events.
Piansts, harpists and guitarists who are not members of any school ensemble, or other instrumentalists or vocalists where a performing group does not exist in the school, are eligible to participate in Solo & Ensemble Events. Private teachers (provided they are OMEA members) of these students may register students via the online application available on the OMEA web site. Private teachers are encouraged, however, to coordinate with the school music teacher(s) whenever possible and include these events with those from the local school. If the private teacher is not an OMEA member, the events may be registered by the OMEA member music teacher from the participating school.
School organized on any school plan which includes grades 5, 6, 7, 8, and/or 9 may use fifth or sixth grade students in Large Group Events if those students rehearse regularly with the middle school group.
Sixth grade only Large Groups are eligible to participate in Junior High Large Group Adjudicated Events. It is suggested that directors use discretion in considering the participation of sixth grade only large groups.
Fifth Grade only ensembles may not participate in Large Group.
No student below the fifth grade or above the ninth grade may participate in Junior High/Middle School Large Group Events.
Participants must be enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Seventh and eighth grade students, however, may participate in Senior High Large Group Events providing they are regularly participating members of the group (Section I, Paragraph I).
Fifth and sixth grade students are not eligible to participate in High School events.
A student may participate in both Junior High/Middle School and Senior High Large Group Events in the same year providing the student is a regularly participating member in both groups.
No student below the seventh grade or above the ninth grade may participate in Junior High/Middle School Solo & Ensemble Events.
A student may not participate in both Junior High/Middle School and High School Solo & Ensemble Events in the same year.
Students enrolled in the Post Secondary Option Program may participate in Adjudicated Events providing they meet the eligibility requirements defined in Section I. Post Secondary Option students who relinquish membership in the high school performing group to participate in a college ensemble or other music class are not eligible for OMEA Adjudicated Events.
It is the intent of OMEA to encourage the development of a music program in every school. Any exception to an entrance and/or eligibility requirement (Section I, Paragraph I) must receive the annual approval of the Adjudicated Events Committee prior to November 1 of the current school year.