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What is MTSBOA?

The Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association was founded in 1938 with the purpose of the organization being to promote the study of instrumental music through band and orchestra programs in the public and private schools of Middle Tennessee, and the continuation of those studies at the College and University level.  The association does this through the organization of events such as the Mid-State Band and Orchestra Clinic, and Assessment events for Concert, Solo and Ensemble Performance.  The association also works to provide professional development to teachers and scholarships to students each year. 


MTSBOA is affiliated with the Tennessee Music Education Association and the National Association for Music Association and serves schools in the following counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson, Wilson



Why Should I Join MTSBOA?

MTSBOA provides several important opportunities for you and your students including:

  • Networking with your peers,

  • Allows for students to audition for Mid-State Ensembles and to qualify for All-State.

  • Provides opportunities for students to participate in Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment.

  • To receive assessment through Concert Performance.

  • Professional development activities.

  • Scholarship opportunities for your students.


What type of membership should I apply for?

Any director or private lesson instructor who wishes to register students or ensembles for Mid-State Band or Orchestra Auditions, Concert Performance Assessment or Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment should become an Active Member.  Active membership also enrolls you as a member of TMEA and NAfME.  Other types of membership include Associate Membership for businesses or individuals who support MTSBOA but do not register students for events, College Faculty Membership, College Student Membership, Retired Membership and Life Membership for past presidents of the association. 

What are the different events MTSBOA offers?

  • Mid State Band and Orchestra Clinic: A performance clinic for band and orchestra students held in January where students work in a concert band, orchestra or jazz band setting with an outstanding conductor/educator in preparation of a concert held at the end of the weekend.  Professional development for teachers is also held on these weekends.   Students audition for this event in November and December.

  • Concert Performance Assessment: Held in March, Concert Bands and Orchestras perform prepared music for a panel of judges on stage and then are assessed on sight-reading.  Registration for this event takes place in December.

  • Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment: Held at various schools throughout the year, soloists and students participating in duets, trios and many other chamber ensembles perform for a judge for assessment.


Who should I contact for more information?

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