If you have been teaching or conducting for more than five years and would like to help build the next generation of musicians, then judging contests for the Iowa High School Music Association may be of interest to you. I’m often asked how I got involved in the adjudication side of the IHSMA, and it really was just that I wanted to make student-musicians better, so I made some inquiries and attended a training sessions, and now I am able to judge two or three contests in Iowa each year. It is very rewarding and a little extra money for my time never hurts either.
If you are interested in becoming a judge for the IHSMA, and meet the criteria listed below, there is a training session being held in Council Bluffs on Thursday, September 11. To register for the training, you must contact Donna at the IHSMA office BY PHONE ONLY at (515)432-2013 by September 3. The training takes place between 7 and 9 pm. Please note – I earn nothing from new judges joining the ranks. Rather, I hope to help further the education of the students by helping find quality adjudicators for their contests.
1. You must have five years teaching experience – public/private school, collegiate or private studio;
2. You must attend an adjudicator certification clinic as sponsored by the Iowa High School Music Association. We accept, reciprocally, certification gained in other states if conducted under the auspices of the state activity office or organization responsible for state-wide festivals;
3. You must obtain two letters of recommendation from persons already on the “Approved” list of adjudicators. Have the writer submit their letter directly to the IHSMA office.
Upon completion of these criteria, the IHSMA office will forward a Judge´s Record Form card for your completion and return.
Regulations mandate every “Approved” adjudicator to attend a subsequent certification clinic, once every five years, in order to remain on the “Approved” listing.