The 2020/21 school year has begun like no other in memory: some students will be attending school in-person, others will be doing distance learning, some, a bit of both. Many ensembles will not be meeting as they have in the past. As a result, for the 2020/21 school year, students do NOT have to be current members of their school performing ensemble to be eligible to audition for All-State. WE EXPECT THE NORMAL ALL-STATE ELIGIBILITY RULE TO RETURN FOR 2021/22.
The RIMEA all-state eligibility rule is clear and must be followed by its membership.
IF A STUDENT IS NOT A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF HIS/HER SCHOOL PERFORMING ENSEMBLE, FOR ANY REASON, HE/SHE IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO AUDITION AND PERFORM IN THAT ALL-STATE ENSEMBLE.FURTHER CLARIFICATIONS:
The membership of RIMEA is comprised of professionals who may or may not agree with this policy and other policies. We understand this and respect the opinions and views of all our colleagues. The RIMEA All-State Festival and audition process is not a right but a privilege reserved for students of RIMEA members and subject to RIMEA rules and regulations.
Finally, RIMEA rules are subject to review and change by the Executive Board and any RIMEA member has the right to petition the Board (in writing) at any time to review or change any rule or regulation.
REGARDING HOME-SCHOOLED STUDENTS: Whether to participate in a performing ensemble is a choice that all students make. Many teachers in public schools who are RIMEA members have had home-schooled students participate in their ensembles in the past. As an example, a home-schooled student can choose to be a member of a school chorus. These students come to school for the period when chorus is scheduled then return home. The same can be said for band, jazz ensemble and orchestra. A student can choose to take the class. The ensemble experience is not something one can learn at home. This is similar to rules concerning athletic teams where home-schooled students can participate when practices and games or matches are held. No one is denying home-schooled students the right to participate in their school's music ensembles... it is their choice. (This policy went into effect in the 2005/2006 school year.)