OMEA All-State Information

OMEA All-State Ensembles

   Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)   High School (Grades 9 - 12)

   Band                                                              Jazz Band

   Treble Choir                                                   Tenor Bass Choir

   Tenor-Bass Choir                                           Treble Choir

   String Orchestra                                             Symphony Orchestra  

                                                                          Symphonic Band (1A - 4A Schools) 

                                                                          Wind Ensemble (5A & 6A schools)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

***Due to the cancellation of the 2021 in-person All-State event,  We have modified the Audition and application process for our online event***

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OMEA Middle School All-State

 

Middle school ensembles are open to students in grades 6, 7, and 8th. 

- Teachers/OMEA members complete the process online through OpusEvent.com

- OMEA All-State Audition/Application fee per student is   Free for 2021. The new deadline is Friday, October 23.

- Below are the specific audition requirements for each middle school ensemble.

- Teachers and students may not electronically or otherwise enhance any recordings. By submitting the audition materials online, the director attests that these conditions were met and agrees to adhere to all deadlines set by OMEA and understands that all deadlines are final.  

 

OMEA Middle School All-State Band

 

Click Here for Middle School Band Audition Materials 

 

OMEA Middle School All-State String Orchestra

 

Click Here for Middle School Orchestra Audition Materials ***Please note that these audition materials are new for 2021***

Recording Directions:

Only record the student playing by themselves (no metronome or accompaniment)

Do not speak the name of the student, teacher or school

The student must perform each exercise with the correct pitch, rhythms, quality tone, articulations, steady tempo (see tempo markings on each exercise).

Record THREE separate recording files, one for each track (scale, lyrical etude & technical etude)

 

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OMEA Middle School Treble and Tenor Bass Choirs

 

Middle School Choir Audition Requirements

Recording Directions:

Only record the student singing (no names of student or teacher)

The teacher may play the scale on the piano BEFORE the student sings, but NOT while the student sings (the student will repeat a cappella)

Record each scale on a separate file (one file for each scale)

         Sing the scales on Solfege, Numbers, or a Neutral Syllable (doo, la, etc.)

The students' application will be disqualified If the audition is incomplete

Examples:

  • only one scale is uploaded

  • the student only sings the scale ascending not descending or vice versa

  • the student sings along with the piano or the teacher

Singe scales using Solfege, Numbers, or a Neutral Syllable (doo, la, etc.)

Bass: C-G (begin on C below middle C) and F-C (begin on F below middle C)            

Tenor: E-B (begin on E below middle C) and A-E (begin on A below middle C)               

Alto: Bb-F (begin on Bb below middle C) and A-E (begin on A above middle C)        

Soprano: E-B (begin on E above middle C) and C-G (begin on C one octave above middle C)

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OMEA High School All-State

- High School ensembles are open to students grades 9 - 12

- Teachers/OMEA members complete the process online through OpusEvent.com

- OMEA All-State Audition/Application fee per student is free for 2021. The new deadline is Friday, October 23.

 

Recording Directions:

Below are the specific audition requirements for each high school ensemble

Only record the student performing by themselves (no metronome) *see exceptions for Jazz Band and Choir

Do not speak the name of the student, teacher or school

The student must perform each exercise with the correct pitch, rhythms, quality tone, articulations, steady tempo (see tempo markings on each exercise).

Each audition track should be a separate audio file. (mp3, wav, etc.)

Teachers and students may not electronically or otherwise enhance any recordings. By submitting the audition materials online, the director attests that these conditions were met and agrees to adhere to all deadlines set by OMEA and understands that all deadlines are final.  

High School Jazz Band

 

Audition Materials for OMEA All-State Jazz Band

Jazz Band Audition Audio Files 

 OMEA Full Recording Accompaniment                     OMEA Bass/Drums Recording Accompaniment

 OMEA Piano/Drums Recording Accompaniment     OMEA Piano/Bass Recording Accompaniment

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High School Wind Ensemble

 

Click here for the Wind Ensemble audition materials

For 2021 only, all 1A - 6A students may audition for Wind Ensemble using the Wind Ensemble audition materials. 

High School Symphonic Band

 

Click here for the Symphonic Band Audition Materials

Click here - Conductor Score 

For 2021 only, all 1A - 6A students may audition for Symphonic Band using the Symphonic Band audition materials.   

 

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High School Orchestra

 

Click Here for the OMEA High School Orchestra Audition Materials

Click Here for the Annotated OMEA High School Orchestra Audition Materials

Here is a link to an additional resource for the violin audition materials provided by Dr. Tomas Cotik Assistant Professor of Violin in the School of Music & Theater at Portland State University.

A note from Dr. Cotik: "Here are video recordings of all of the excerpts required for the All-State violin auditions. To facilitate the preparation of the excerpts, I have also included the scores with my fingerings and bowings as well as the full orchestral score, a brief introduction about each piece, and advice on solving the typical problems that I have seen students confront in terms of rhythm, bow stroke, articulation, dynamics, vibrato, intonation and phrasing. These articles cannot replace the necessity of slow, mindful practice or the weekly guidance of a teacher. Regardless, I couldn’t resist putting together some resources to complement and help students and teachers as they prepare the All-State audition excerpts."   

High School Choirs: Treble & Tenor-Bass

 

Click here for audition information & Materials - **no sight singing requirement for the 2021 event      

Directions on how the Chorale recording works in Opus - ***no live recording for the 2021 event

Chorale 61 - Full Mix Practice Recording *** use this in the background for all voice parts when recording the Chorale audition track

Chorale 61 - Bass Practice Recording                       Chorale 61 - Tenor Practice Recording

Chorale 61 - Alto Practice Recording                         Chorale 61 - Soprano Practice Recording

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OMEA All-State Policies and Procedures 

Click here to view the full Policies and Procedures document

Article 12 All-State

OMEA All-State 2021 Clarification

 

During the Fall OMEA Board Meeting on September 19, 2020, there was a request for further clarification regarding this year’s 2021 All-State Honor Ensemble audition process. The All-State Co-Chairs and Ensemble Managers met to finalize and clarify this year’s audition plan. Please read below for critical information that is differentiated by grade level.

 

Basic Audition Information:

Auditions are due Friday, October 23 by 11:59:59 PM.

Results will be shared Friday, November 6th.

 

There is no charge for submitting an audition (this year only).

 

Due to the various scheduling challenges facing music programs across the state this year, students do not need to be enrolled in their ensemble class at the time of submission in order to participate. For example, a student who is only enrolled in choir for semester 2 can still submit materials in October.

 

Instructors submitting auditions will need to have a current OMEA membership.

 

Elementary Choir:

Since Elementary All-State is by nomination, not an audition, there will be no auditions for an All-State Elementary Choir this year.

 

Middle School Ensembles:

There will be no placement of students into ensembles this year. As such, no rosters or “lists” of qualifying students will be published.

 

Auditions are for educational feedback only. Screeners will be able to record audio feedback through Opus.

 

Percussionists can submit tracks for any instrument(s) they have access to. They do not need to record all tracks as we recognize that not all students have access to all instruments at this time.

 

High School Ensembles:

Choir

Auditions are submitted as usual. All students that audition at an All-State qualifying level in either the SA or TB choir will be listed as ‘Accepted.’ Students and teachers will be notified if they met that benchmark of excellence.

 

There will be no sight singing portion of the audition. Also, Chorale 61 will not be sung live, but will be submitted as a pre-recorded track using the “Full Mix” accompaniment from the OMEA website.

 

Strings

Auditions are submitted as usual. All students that audition at an All-State qualifying level for Orchestra will be listed as ‘Accepted.’ Students and teachers will be notified if they met that benchmark of excellence.

 

Wind Instruments and Percussion (including Jazz Band)

All students that audition at an All-State qualifying level will be listed as ‘Accepted’ and placed in an ensemble based on the audition materials submitted (see below for further details). Students and teachers will be notified if they met that benchmark of excellence.

 

For Orchestra consideration: submit the WE audition materials. Top students in each instrument category will be placed in the Orchestra.

 

For Wind Ensemble consideration: submit the WE audition materials.

 

For Symphonic Band consideration: submit the SB audition materials. This year (and only for this year) 5A and 6A students can submit SB audition materials but will only be considered for that group.

 

Percussionists for Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band can submit tracks for any instrument(s) they have access to. They do not need to record all tracks as we recognize that not all students have access to all instruments at this time.

 

For Jazz Band: submit the jazz band audition materials.

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