WHAT IS ALL STATE?

The All State Ensembles (Choir) are select groups of students representing the most talented student-musicians in the State of Maryland. More information can be found at www.mmea-maryland.org. The choirs consist of the following:

  • Junior Choir - 7th, 8th, 9th grade vocalists
  • Senior Mixed Choir & Women's Choir - 10th, 11th, 12th grade vocalists

Students selected to participate spend several days in intensive rehearsals with a nationally recognized conductor before presenting a public performance. The performances are often associated with the MMEA/NAfME Spring Conference.


HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Interested students should inform their director that they would like to audition for the All State Ensembles by completing the ALL STATE PERMISSION FORM. Forms are due back to directors no later than Friday, September 23, 2016. Audition music is prepared and performed for a panel of judges in early November. The top student musicians are selected and invited to participate for that year.


WHERE DO I GET AUDITION MUSIC?

The audition requirements for the All State Music Program are published by MMEA in their August edition of the Music Educators Journal. They are identical to the audition requirements for HCPSS GT Chorus. Interested students can find a complete listing of requirements below. Students must follow the audition guidelines exactly or be disqualified. Actual copies of the Accompanied Piece ("Praise the Lord" from Judas Maccabeus by G.F. Handel) can be borrowed from Mr. Dogas the week before auditions. You must not perform from photocopies – that is illegal! 

CLICK THESE LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND STUDY COPIES


WHAT ELSE IS INVOLVED WITH THE AUDITION?

ALL STATE CHOIR - The audition for All State Choir has several musical components, including:

  • Accompanied Piece - Praise the Lord" from Judas Maccabeus by G.F. Handel
  • A cappella Piece - "The Water is Wide"
  • Rhythmic Sight Reading
  • Melodic Sight Reading

NOTE:  To get the most from the opportunity...students should prepare their audition under the guidance of a private instructor or your ensemble director.


HOW DOES THE AUDITION WORK?

Students will be given a specific audition time several weeks prior to the audition. The times are sent to the ensemble director from the audition coordinators and are not available before that time. Students should plan to arrive at the audition site approximately one hour prior to their scheduled audition time. Students will need to check in at the registration desk where they will be given instructions and will be directed to the warm-up area. (The warm-up area is usually a cafeteria or gymnasium where everyone waiting to audition is preparing.) Approximately ten or fifteen minutes prior to your audition time, a runner will come to escort you to the audition room.

When you arrive at the audition room you must wait until the person ahead of you has completed their audition. This could take several minutes, but DO NOT sing outside of the room. There will usually be a stand, as well as one judge sitting at the other end of the room. The judge will invite you inside and will probably ask if you are ready. Use this time to get comfortable. Next you will be asked for your prepared piece and a cappella piece. The sight-reading is last. The whole process takes about ten minutes.

Audition results will be mailed to your ensemble director approximately one month after the audition. Selection to the All State Music Program is the highest musical honor within MMEA and the State of Maryland.