Recent Announcements

Thursday, November 17, 2016

posted Nov 17, 2016, 9:48 AM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson   [ updated Nov 17, 2016, 9:48 AM ]

Posted now are the documents students will need for the D1 Honors Jazz Band audition. 

The festival itself is District 1 Honors Jazz Festival Friday, April 7, 4-8 pm, Saturday 9-1, Concert at 3pm at Westbrook High School .

We decided for the betterment of the concert band to separate the jazz and concert festivals. Digital auditions for the Honors Jazz Band are due by January 27, 2017. 
 
Students will record a video audition (not audio alone) by i movie, etc. They will post the video to Youtube and email the link to me at
skefficr@spsd.org.

I will confirm the receipt of each students email and forward the links to the adjudicators. 
 
As audition chair of the jazz component through the ten year period of 2002 to 2012, I saw the enrollment decrease to less than ideal numbers.
My hope is by making this a separate event we can encourage our students to audition for this.

Please review the audition materials and process carefully. I have tried to make the process simple and eliminate any ambiguity.
If you have questions please feel free to call me at 767-3266 / 3831.

Thanks
Craig Skeffington
SPHS Bands
MMEA D1 Honors Jazz Band Manager

Thursday, October 8, 2015

posted Oct 8, 2015, 5:30 PM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson

Thank you to Allen Thomas for hosting the D1 meeting tonight and for setting up the Zoom option for those of us that live far away!  Lots of good discussions and new ideas!  Minutes will be posted on the website soon.  Please send updates for the site to me and I will post them asap!  If anyone is having trouble with the mmead1.org URL just update your bookmark to link directly to the google site at https://sites.google.com/site/mainemmead1.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

posted Jul 2, 2015, 10:04 AM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson

Happy Summer Vacation!  Thank you to Nate Menifield for serving as our D1 chair the last couple of years and another thank you to Allen Thomas for taking on the position for next year!  If anyone has any info that needs to be updated or added to the site, please send me an email (tracybwheeler@gmail.com).  Hope you all enjoy the holiday weekend and the rest of your summer!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

posted Jan 11, 2015, 1:26 PM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson

The D1 Jazz Festival Registration is NOW OPEN.  Registration materials and festival info can be found under the District 1 Jazz Festival link.  All Choral practice tracks for the D1 HS Festival and Southern Maine Middle School Honors Festival are up as well as practice links for the Jazz Band.  Please email if you or your students have trouble accessing the files.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

posted Sep 7, 2014, 10:03 AM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson

All audition materials are up to date and posted for both middle school and high school honors festivals.  2014-2015 guest conductors are all posted for the HS Festival,  MS Festival guest conductors coming soon!

Monday, August 25, 2014

posted Aug 25, 2014, 1:13 PM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson   [ updated Aug 30, 2014, 3:31 PM ]

Welcome back!  Many of us had our first day with colleagues today and will be seeing our students later this week to begin a brand new year!  The Fall District 1 All Member Meeting will be Tuesday, September 23rd at Kennebunk High School.  Dinner will be served at 5:30 and the meeting will being at 6:00.  Please RSVP to Nate Menifield if you plan to attend the dinner. Reminder to all 7th & 8th grade teachers, this will also be our annual Southern Maine Middle School Honors Festival meeting in lieu of our usual meeting in Gorham.  See you all soon!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

posted May 17, 2014, 9:06 AM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson   [ updated May 17, 2014, 9:07 AM ]

Information for the 2014-2015 District 1 Middle School Festivals has been updated.  Any info you have about 2014-2015 High School Festivals and Auditions, please email to me so I can post it (tracy.williamson@gorhamschools.org).  Thanks!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

posted Jan 11, 2014, 12:59 PM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson

Happy New Year!!  I am in the process of creating and uploading practice tracks for the SMMSHF Chorus and the 6th Grade Honors Chorus.  If anyone has practice tracks for these festivals already created, please email them to me and I’ll get them up on the site for everyone!  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

posted Oct 16, 2013, 4:48 PM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson

HS Honors Festival results and Cut-Off Scores are now posted on the Festival Auditions page!

Monday, October 14, 2013

posted Oct 14, 2013, 1:10 PM by Tracy Wheeler Williamson

From Argy Nestor:

YOU'RE INVITED to:  The statewide arts education conference Arts Education: Leading the Way at UMaine, Orono, Collins Center for the Arts, October 24. Over 30 arts teachers are providing quality workshops... what could be better than teachers teaching teachers? When we learn from our colleagues it is a great opportunity to make immediate transfer to individual classroom situations. Along with the workshops, Lynn Tuttle is traveling from Arizona to provide a presentation on the DRAFT of the National Core Arts Standards with a question and answer period included. I promise that those attending the conference will go away filled with ideas, questions, and information to hit the ground running when they return to their classrooms and schools. I suggest you invite your administrators including curriculum leaders to attend since there are many workshops that will be informative to their work as well. 


Click here for more details or to register:

http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Media-and-Performing/Conference-Education

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