OMEA All-State Information

OMEA All-State Ensembles

Elementary (Grade 5)

  • Choir

Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)

  • Band

  • Treble Choir 

  • Tenor-Bass Choir

  • String Orchestra

High School (Grades 9 - 12)

  • Jazz Band

  • Wind Ensemble (5A & 6A schools)

  • Symphonic Band (1A - 4A Schools)

  • Mixed Choir (SATB)

  • Symphony Orchestra

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WHAT IS ALL-STATE?

  • All-State is an honor music ensemble program run by the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA). This is an extremely rewarding experience for students to gather with fellow motivated student musicians from around Oregon and have the privilege to rehearse and perform with renowned guest conductors. 

 

  • In order to apply for a spot, each ensemble, excluding our Elementary Honor Choir, requires an audition. All students must submit an application through OpusEvent.com along with their audition by October 1st. If selected, families and the students’ teacher will be notified via email, and families or schools can complete the registration process online by November 8, with the deadline for payment on December 6th

 

  • After the registration process is complete, folders with sheet music and more information regarding the hotel, rehearsals, and the performance are mailed to the students’ music teacher before winter break. Students are expected to learn their music on their own in advance of the event. Families are invited to come watch them perform. Students are required to stay in a hotel in Eugene, and room with three other All-State students. 

How to Audition

  • Your student must work with their music teacher to complete the recordings (separate files for each required excerpt). The cost to submit an audition for high school students is $13.00, $10.00 for middle school students, and $3.00 for elementary nominations (no audition required for elementary).

  • Teachers must be current members of NAfME/OMEA to submit applications/nominations and auditions through OpusEvent.com

 

When do we find out if they’ve been selected? 

  • Teachers and families are notified of results by October 18 via the email address entered into OpusEvent.com (Teachers, be sure to carefully type in parent/guardian emails, if there's anything incorrect about the email address, it will not be sent. Exampls: extra space in front of or at the end of an email address, missing periods, etc. 

 

If my student is selected, does it cost money to participate?

  • Yes, if your student is selected, you would need to complete their registration online and pay a registration fee. High School: $329.00, Middle School: $236.00, and Elementary: $187.00

    • Parents or teachers/schools can complete this step, be sure to communicate how you wish to handle this part of the process with each other

  

Why does it cost money?

  • This registration fee covers the cost of hotel lodging in Eugene, food during the students' stay, a guest conductor, sheet music, and the rehearsal and performance space rentals. 

 

How does my student get to and from Eugene for the event?

  • Parents/Guardians must supply or arrange transportation to and from Eugene. Some schools might provide transportation to the event. (Please note this is not an OSAA/school sanctioned event. Our event is not re-scheduled if there’s inclement weather, and no refunds are given)

 

Does their concert performance cost money to see?

  • Yes, tickets are sold online (18 and under are free). Teachers/OMEA members must also register for the state conference, which coincides with the All-State event. Included in teachers' conference registration are concert tickets. For parents and guardians, they must purchase tickets for the concerts online through SeatYourself.com.

  • Ticket prices are: High School: $15.00 and Middle School: $10.00. (Jazz Band and Elementary Choir concerts are free)

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OMEA Elementary All-State

* Elementary Honor Choir Dates: Friday, January 17 – Saturday, January 18, 2020

* Elementary Choir Guest Conductor: Darcy Morrissey

* Rehearsals will be held at the University of Oregon music building

* The performance will be held at the First Baptist Church in Eugene

 

- Elementary Choir is for 5th grade students only

- There is no audition for the elementary choir - simply a nomination by the teacher

- Teachers nominate only students with "unchanged treble voices"

- You may nominate up to 10 students per school, but only the top two nominations per school may be accepted. When you complete your students' applications through Opus, you must designate a ranking/order for your students to indicate your first, second, etc. nominations.

- Click here for the All-State application and information letter. Print and send home with students/families to fill out and sign. Teachers/OMEA members complete the process online through OpusEvent.com, and payment must be submitted via credit card by the teacher/school. 

- Application fee is $3.00 (paid via credit card only)

- Application Fee Deadline is October 1st by 11:59:59 PM

- All-State Registration Fee: $187.00 (due after a student is selected and notified --> November 8, 2019) paid via credit card only

- All students and their families must agree that, if selected, they will commit to the event, be able to pay the registration fee by the November 8 deadline, and are aware that all students must stay at the hotel overnight.

- Parents will be allowed access to Opus to complete the Registration and payment process (Teachers can choose to complete this step if preferred) 

- All participants will room with 3 other ensemble members at the Valley River Inn during the event

- Meals will be provided Friday afternoon through Saturday morning

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OMEA Middle School All-State

Middle School All-State Dates: Thursday, January 16 - Friday, January 17, 2020

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

- Click here for the All-State application and information letter. Print and send home with students/families to fill out and sign. Teachers/OMEA members complete the process online through OpusEvent.com, and payment must be submitted via credit card by the teacher/school. 

- OMEA All-State Audition/Application fee per student is $10 paid via credit card ($7 screening fee + $3 application fee) by October 1st 11:59:59 PM

-The fee must be paid first before audition files can be uploaded.

- Students that apply and audition, must be fully prepared to participate in the event and pay the fee by November 8.

-All-State Registration Fee: $236.00 (due after students have been selected & notified --> November 8, 2019) Paid via credit card only 

- Parents will be allowed access to Opus to complete the Registration and payment process (Teachers can choose to complete this step if preferred) 

- All participants must room with 3 other ensemble members at the Graduate Hotel Eugene during the event.

- Meals are provided from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon.

- 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.  

-Statewide representation is still our number one priority. At least one student from each school will be selected, provided there is one who can successfully perform the audition material.

 

OMEA Middle School All-State Band

2020 All State Middle School Band Guest Conductor: Rob Grice

Rehearsals and the performance will be held at First Baptist Church in Eugene, Oregon

Click Here for Middle School Band Audition Materials ***Please note that these audition materials are new for 2020***

What is the process for screening band auditions and applications, and what is the process for placing them in the final group?

 

OMEA Middle School All-State String Orchestra

2020 All State Middle School Orchestra Guest Conductor: Dr. Jacob M. Dakon

Rehearsals and the performance will be held at the First Baptist Church in Eugene, Oregon

Click Here for Middle School Orchestra Audition Materials ***Please note that these audition materials are new for 2020***

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)

When submitting auditions for All-State, please be sure to submit multiple students given they are able to proficiently play the audition material.

  • At least 5 would be ideal. 

  • This allows us to better insure a well balanced instrumentation for the ensemble.

  • In the past it has not been uncommon to select a director's 7th or 8th choice in order to fill out a section.

  • This is particularly true for large sections that are less well represented.

  • Additionally, It can be very challenging to balance a group when multiple directors have only submitted one student, especially if that one student is for a section that tends to be small.

  • Thanks everyone!!

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OMEA Middle School Treble and Tenor Bass Choirs

Rehearsals held at First Christian Church and the performance held at The First United Methodist Church

2020 All-State Treble Middle School Choir Conductor: Dinah Helgeson

2020 All-State Tenor-Bass Middle School Choir Conductor: Nicole Lamartine

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)  

  • F-C (begin on F below middle C)            

Tenor:

  • E-B (begin on E below middle C)   

  • A-E (begin on A below middle C)               

Alto:

  • Bb-F (begin on Bb below middle C)   

  • A-E (begin on A above middle C)        

Soprano:

  • E-B (begin on E above middle C)   

  • C-G (begin on C one octave above middle C)

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OMEA High School All-State

* OMEA All-State High School Dates (excluding Jazz Band): Friday, January 17 - Sunday, January 19, 2020 in Eugene, OR

* OMEA All-State High School Jazz Band Dates: Thursday, January 16 - Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Eugene, OR

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

- Click here for the All-State application and information letter. Print and send home with students/families to fill out and sign. Teachers/OMEA members complete the process online through OpusEvent.com, and payment must be submitted via credit card by the teacher/school. 

- OMEA All-State Audition/Application fee per student is $13 paid via credit card ($10 screening fee + $3 application fee) by  October 1st 11:59:59 PM - The fee must be paid first before audition files can be uploaded.

- Students that apply and audition, must be fully prepared to participate in the event and pay the fee by November 8.

- All-State Registration Fee: $329.00 (due after a student is selected ---> Deadline is November 8, 2019) paid via credit card only (Parents will be allowed access to Opus to complete the Registration and payment process)

 

- All band and orchestra students will stay at the Graduate Eugene Hotel and room with 3 other ensemble members, and be bussed to their rehearsal and concert venues.

- All choir students will stay at the Valley River Inn and room with 3 other ensemble members, and be bussed to their rehearsal and concert venue.

- Meals are provided from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

 

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

All-State Jazz Band Conductor: Stephen Massey

The Jazz Band will rehearse at the University of Oregon School of Music building on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and perform at The Hult Center in the Soreng Theater on Saturday.

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 (5A & 6A schools)

OMEA All-State Conductor: Bobby Francis

Wind Ensemble will rehearse at the University of Oregon School of Music building on Friday and Saturday, and perform at the First Baptist Church in Eugene on Sunday.

Click here for the Wind Ensemble audition materials

All students from 5A and 6A schools must use these audition materials (they may not use the materials for the Symphonic Band)

 

High School Symphonic Band (1A - 4A Schools)

OMEA All-State Symphonic Band Conductor: Paul Popiel

Symphonic Band Rehearsals will be held at Lane Events Center on Friday and the First Baptist Church on Saturday.

The Symphonic Band concert will be held at the First Baptist Church on Sunday.

Click here for the Symphonic Band Audition Materials

Click here - Conductor Score 

These materials are for admittance into the OMEA Symphonic Band ONLY. These audition materials are for students from school with an OSAA classification of 1A – 4A. Students from 5A and 6A high schools may not use these materials at all. (They must use the Wind Ensemble materials instead)     

1A - 4A School List

One of OMEA’s goals is to increase the opportunities for students from smaller schools to participate in an All-State experience. 5A-6A students will be selected to fill out the band after all of the small school students who met the minimum audition scores are accepted into the Symphonic Band.

While completing applications in Opus, be sure to mark your OSAA classification. 

We must collect the OSAA school classification for each applicant.  While not directly applicable to most ensembles, it IS needed to correctly popular the symphonic band.  It also provides important statistical data for tracking levels of participation from across the state.  This can help us further tailor our services to the needs and realities of our schools and students.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

Who can submit Symphonic Band materials?

     Only students from 1A – 4A schools will be allowed to submit auditions using the small schools material

Who can submit Wind Ensemble materials?

     Students from 5A and 6A schools MUST submit using the Wind Ensemble/Orchestra material.  

Auditions submitted using the small schools material will only be considered for the Symphonic Band.  

If small schools students wish to submit using the Wind Ensemble/Orchestra material, they are welcome to do so, however, students from small schools can only submit one band audition.  

All students that submit using the Wind Ensemble/Orchestra material that are not selected for the Orchestra or Wind Ensemble, will be considered for positions in the Symphonic band.

How are students placed within Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra?

Acceptance and placement into an ensemble will be purely based on rankings from the screening process and on the placement formula outlined below.  

The Orchestral wind seats are filled with the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th ranked players from the screening process, and ranks 2, 4, 6, 8 in the Wind Ensemble.

Once the Orchestra seats are filled, all remaining Wind Ensemble seats are filled in rank order from the screening process.

The percussion seats in the Orchestra will first be filled with the #1 Timpanist and #1 Snare.  Remaining percussion seats will depend on the literature and will be filled in rank order.

The number of wind seats in the orchestra sections will be determined by the needs of the literature.

 

How are students placed between Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band?

The approximate size of the Wind Ensemble is 90 players and the Symphonic Band is 150, depending upon the pool of applicants and the needs of the literature.

Seating placement within the symphonic band will integrate the unplaced Wind Ensemble auditionees with the small school’s auditionees.  

The exact formula for this integration many vary from year to year or from section to section based on the auditioning pool.

The goal of the symphonic band is to include as many qualified small school’s students as possible in the all-state experience, every effort is made to incorporate these students into every part, in every section.

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High School Orchestra

OMEA High School All-State Orchestra Conductor: Young K. Kim

The orchestra rehearsals will be held in at the University of Oregon music building on Friday and Saturday, and the performance will take place at the First Baptist Church in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday, January 19.

Click Here for the OMEA High School Orchestra Audition Materials

 

High School Mixed Choir (SATB)

OMEA All-State Mixed Choir Conductor: Dr. Jonathan Talberg

Mixed Choir rehearsals and performance will take place at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon.

Click here for audition information & Materials

Click here for mp3's of Chorale 55

Chorale 55 - Full Mix Practice Recording

Chorale 55 - Bass Practice Recording

Chorale 55 - Tenor Practice Recording

Chorale 55 - Soprano/Alto 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

SECTION (12) A. TEACHER MEMBERSHIP AND CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED(5/22/04)

Teachers of students of all ages in OMEA honor groups shall be required to register for the full conference, pay in full, and be current NAfME/OMEA members. If found to be in violation, that school's specific discipline (i.e., band, orchestra, choir) will be sanctioned from participating in honor groups until the bill is paid in full. 

 

SECTION (12) B. ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND JUNIOR HIGH TEACHERS 

1. All teachers must be registered and be present at the conferences where they have honor group participant(s). (9/23/00)

2. Elementary Honor Choir:students at the state and the district level must be selected by director recommendation, not by taped or live audition. Events not following these guidelines will not be OMEA-sanctioned and may not use OMEA state or district funds. (1/12/02) 

3. Middle and Junior High School Honor Ensembles:

i. Middle and Junior High School Honor Band and Orchestra:Students who wish to audition for middle and Junior High school All-State band and/or orchestra are required to record and submit three tracks online, in order for students to demonstrate the skill sets required for All-State (refer to official audition materials posted on the OMEA website for specific requirements):

    • Band
      • Chromatic Scale 
      • One lyrical etude
      • One technical etude
    • Orchestra
      • Instrument-specific scale
      • One lyrical etude
      • One technical etude

(5/16/18)

ii. Middle and Junior High School All-State Honor Choir: Students nominated for middle and junior high school All-State Choir are required to record and submit to the OMEA website an unaccompanied 5-tone ascending and descending scale using solfège, numbers, or la, to ensure that students are placed in the correct voice part and can match pitch. (Refer to official audition materials posted on the OMEA website for specific requirements). (5/18/13)
iii. At least one student from each school who meets the eligibility requirements will be selected into All-State. (5/18/13) 

4. By participating in the nomination and/or audition process, teachers agree to adhere to all deadlines set by OMEA and understands that all deadlines are final. 

SECTION (12) C. HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS (1/12/02) High school teachers sending students to the All-State honor groups are required to register for the conference. A music teacher from the participating school and/or OMEA-approved representative must also attend the conference. 

 

SECTION (12) D. ALL-STUDENTS OMEAwill follow eligibility guidelines established by OSAA; we advise checking the OSAA website http://www.osaa.org to see if there are changes to the following guidelines. 

1. To be eligible for an All-State honor group, the music student shall be enrolled in the class for the appropriate performing ensemble for the instrument/voice on which they are auditioning.

2. Where there is no corresponding musical group offered at school, a student must be an active participant in another school music program at their school and have the approval of the teacher of that music class.

3. We welcome home school students as long as they are regularly participating in a school music class, offered for credit, and taught by a current OMEA member.

4. If there is an appropriate performing ensemble available at the school and the student does not participate in the school program, the student may NOT participate in All-State.

5. The OMEA member teacher submitting the student audition must attend the conference and accept all the responsibilities of a teacher with an All-State student, if the student is selected. (Updated 5-18-2019)

6. If there are no music classes offered in the school the student attends, students may be recommended by an OMEA member who teaches/taught the student. The OMEA member must attend the conference and accept all the responsibilities of a teacher with an All-State student.

7. Students must be regularly participating in a school music program from the time of application through the time of the event.

8. Students must meet OSAA’s academic requirements and personal conduct rules to participate in All-State.

9. Students are required to stay in the hotel that their performing group is assigned with other All-State students. Students with extenuating circumstances may stay in the All-State hotel with their parents upon the approval of the executive board. The decision of the executive board is final. Emails concerning special needs requests must be sent no later than 2 months prior to the event. Email requests to the Executive Director at oregonmusicdirector@gmail.com.

10. All-State participants must be registered (with all forms completed and signed by all appropriate parties) and paid prior to posted deadline.

11. Students will not be admitted unless forms are complete, and payment made. 

12. Unless otherwise stated, All-State participants shall wear performance attire appropriate to their individual school music program policies.

13. No refunds shall be made except for medical or family emergencies. A letter from a physician for medical excuses, or parent/guardian for family emergencies, must accompany the request for refund. Each case will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Board. In either case, 50% of the fee will be retained. 

 

SECTION (12) E. AUDITIONS