Capitol Concerts-2020

Welcome to the Call for the 2020 Capitol Concerts Performing Ensembles! Concerts will occur February 24-27, 2020 during Music Education Week at the State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Those who wish to submit applications to have an ensemble perform for the 2020 Capitol Concerts may do so by adhering to the guidelines and completing the online application.You will be required to upload two (2) audio-only recordings of the ensemble (audio recordings must be converted to one of the following formats: avi, m4v, mov, mp4, wmv) .  Deadline for applying is WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2020. Ensembles that performed at the 2018 or 2019 NMEA Capitol Concerts will not be eligible to perform in 2020.


  • Director must be an NMEA member.
  • Only the ensemble that auditions (other than soloists or accompaniment chamber ensemble) may perform at Capitol Concerts.
  • Small instrumental chamber ensembles are encouraged to apply. (LARGE instrumental ensembles are not effective in the Capitol rotunda.)
  • Two good quality selections with a variety of musical styles must be uploaded to complete the application. Files may be labeled with the ensemble/school name, but the selections should NOT identify the ensemble. (Acceptable file formats: avi, m4v, mov, mp4, wmv; convert audio files to any one of these formats; do not upload video recordings.)
  • A photo of the ensemble must be uploaded and the file labeled with the ensemble/school name.
  • All travel expenses are the responsibility of the school, not NMEA.
  • All equipment needs, with the exception of a piano, will be the responsibility of the school. Specific requests may be allowed after the selection process.
  • The Nebraska State Capitol and the Capitol complex are public buildings that are used daily for the purpose of government. It is understood that the behavior of students is the responsibility of the director and chaperones.
  • NMEA is not responsible for the legislative session going past 12 noon - no groups are allowed to perform while the Legislature is in session.
  • The selection of the ensembles shall be the responsibility of a committee selected by the NMEA Board. Selection will be based on equity regarding instrumental/vocal, grade level, school size and geographic location.
  • NMEA Policy: Groups performing for the 2018 or 2019 NMEA Capitol Concerts are NOT eligible in 2020.

NMEA records video and takes photographs during the Concerts to use in our publications and broadcasts, such as the Nebraska Music Educator magazine, the NMEA website, etc.  Submitting an application requires consent to allow any images taken during the Concerts to be used by NMEA. 


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