Ohio Music Education Association

Large Group

Large Group Adjudicated Events are for ensembles with larger numbers of performers. These groups perform three prepared compositions for a panel of three adjudicators. High school groups also perform a piece they are seeing for the first time.

Event Types

There are two grade-level groupings for these events.

High School
  • State Orchestra
  • District Band/Choir
  • State Band/Choir
Junior High
  • Band/Choir/Orchestra

Required Music List

All Large Group Adjudicated Events have a required music list. These are grouped by ensemble type and difficulty level. This list is available for viewing in the OMEA Member Portal


All Large Group registrations must be completed by the OMEA Member using the registration system in the OMEA Member Portal.

Out of District/Region Requests

Directors may request an out of district/region performance for their large ensemble(s) by using the registration system in the OMEA Member Portal and submitting a separate request for each ensemble by the date(s) listed below. Please be aware that requests may not always be approved if the demand exceeds the capacity for a given site.

High School Deadlines
State Orchestra: January 1st
District Band/Choir: January 1st
State Band/Choir: The Monday immediately following your district performance/qualification.

Junior High Deadline
Band/Choir/Orchestra: March 1st

Once logged into the member portal, type "Out of" in the search field on the top left, then click on the "Out of District/Region Requests" button that appears.

Other Information

  • Fees
    • HS Large Group
      $210 for each Ensemble
      $220 for each Ensemble performing out of District

      $240 for each Ensemble
      $250 for each Ensemble performing out of Region
    • JH Large Group
      $150 for each Ensemble
      $160 for each Ensemble performing out of District
  • Ohio Five Rating Plan
    The Ohio Five Rating Plan of Adjudication will be used for all Adjudicated Events. The decision of the judges is final. A participant or group may elect to perform either for a rating or in “Festival Performance” for comments only, but must perform the required composition(s) for the classification.

    The Five Rating Plan is as follows:

    Rating I:
    An outstanding performance with very few technical errors and exemplifying a truly musical expression. This rating should be reserved for the truly outstanding performance.

    Rating II:
    An unusual performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects in performance, ineffective interpretation, or improper instrumentation.

    Rating III:
    An acceptable performance, but not outstanding. Showing accom- plishment and marked promise, but lacking in one or more essential qualities.

    Rating IV:
    A poor performance showing many technical errors, poor musical conception, lack of interpretation, incomplete instrumentation, or lacking in any of the other essential qualities.

    Rating V:
    A very poor performance indicating deficiencies in most of the essen- tial factors, and indicating that much careful attention should be given to the fundamentals of good performance. This rating should be used sparingly and only when it is possible to cite major faults. 
  • Past Large Group Ratings
    OMEA archives overall ratings for State High School Large Group Events and Junior High Large Group Events. Click the button below to view this information.
  • Order Awards