Adjudication Certification


Adjudication Committee Chairmen

Chris Lindley

chrislindley74@gmail.com

Terry Ownby

townby2021@gmail.com


ALABAMA BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION

MPA ADJUDICATOR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The purpose of this manual is to provide information, which is beneficial to the prospective or experienced Adjudicator. It is our hope that this information will help with preparation for a successful adjudication experience for the Adjudicator and band students in the state of Alabama. It has long been held by the ABA that participation in Music Performance Assessments is a major means of evaluating performances of bands throughout Alabama. The role of the ABA Adjudicator is crucial to the success of this process, in that consistency in the evaluation of performances on a statewide basis is critical to the maintenance of an effective Music Performance Assessment. The information that follows is compiled from sources that include the ABA By laws and Adjudication Committee members, as is set forth to assist ABA Adjudicators in preparing for a successful Adjudication experience.

PLEASE REMEMBER – The ABA Board of Directors has the authority to add or delete names on the Adjudicators List at any regular or special called Board meeting.

ADJUDICATION CERTIFICATION TIMELINE

  1. ABA Music Performance Assessment Adjudication Certification Clinic will be held annually at the AMEA Conference.
  2. Deadline for all application materials to Executive Secretary:  March 1st 
  3. Adjudication Committee meets to review applications annually at the All State Band Festival.
  4. Recommendations are presented to the ABA Board of Directors for consideration annually at the ABA Summer Conference. 

I. GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

A. Requirements for Concert/Sight-Reading Adjudication

1.  Have a minimum of 15-years experience as a Band Director at the Middle School, Junior High, High School, or College level, or as a Conductor of a recognized instrumental music organization.

2.  Has consistently received superior ratings in concert festivals throughout their career. 

3.  Be a member of NAfME and their state band director’s association. 

*All applicants must meet these eligibility requirements before proceeding with the application process.

II. APPLICATION FOR ADJUDICATION

A. Method of Nomination for candidacy to Adjudicators List

1.  From the Adjudication Committee

The Adjudication committee may recommend a candidate to the Board for consideration.

2.   From the ABA Board of Directors

The ABA Board of Directors has the authority to add to and/or delete names from the Adjudicators List at any regular Board meeting; this applies to all categories.

B. Full Application Procedures (In State applicants) 

1. The procedure for applying to be an Adjudicator is as follows:

a. Attend the ABA Music Performance Assessment Certified Adjudication Clinic.

b. Secure application materials from the ABA Executive Secretary.

c. Three letters of recommendation must be secured from active ABA Adjudicators with at least one from outside his/her home District.  The letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the candidate.

d. Submit all application materials including trial adjudication recordings and Adjudicator’s Comments & Ratings Form (both middle and high school), along with recommendation letters to the Executive Secretary by March 1st.   

C. Application Procedures (Collegiate Directors) 

1. The procedure for applying to be an Adjudicator is as follows:

a. Secure application materials from the ABA Executive Secretary.

b. Attend the ABA Music Performance Assessment Certified Adjudication Clinic or view the ABA MPA Orientation video available through the Executive Secretary.

c. Three letters of recommendation must be secured with at least one from an active ABA Certified Adjudicator.  The letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the candidate.

d. Submit the application and recommendation letters to the Executive Secretary by March 1st

D. Application procedures (Out of State)

1. The procedure for applying to be an Adjudicator is as follows:

a. Secure application materials from the ABA Executive Secretary.

b. Attend the ABA Music Performance Assessment Certified Adjudication Clinic or view the ABA MPA Orientation video available through the Executive Secretary.

c. Three letters of recommendation must be secured with at least one from an active ABA Certified Adjudicator.  The letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the candidate.

d. If applicant is a certified concert band adjudicator within their home state, they must provide documentation of such to be added to the ABA list.  If no certification process is available within their home state, the applicant must provide a recommendation letter from the President of their State Band Association affirming their qualification.

e. Any Out of State applicant may elect to apply using the full In State procedure.