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Welcome to All State Auditions!

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to read the Welcome Letter from the MMEA President and Executive Director
Click here for the 2022-2023 All State Audition Materials


The All State 2023 Rosters can be found here. Congratulations to all students who auditioned!
Senior Jazz Band results will be released December 20, 2022.

 

Overview

All State is an opportunity for public, private, and independent school music students across the state to audition for premiere, state-wide ensembles.  The ensembles are conducted by renowned conductors from Maryland and across the United States.  All State ensembles are grade level and content area specific (including Band, Jazz, Chorus, and Orchestra.) 

 

MMEA is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive community in which participants and members of all backgrounds can access events, programs, services, and be treated fairly. MMEA does not tolerate harassment, discrimination, prejudice, or bias in admission, employment, volunteering, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity or expression, political affiliation, ancestry, or military service.

All State Eligibility

By agreement with the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM), students of MMEA members and students of non-MMEA members are eligible to participate in All State activities according to the following policies:

 

  1. Only students enrolled in band, chorus, or orchestra school sanctioned ensembles in Maryland public, private, or independent schools in the appropriate grade designation may audition for and participate in All State activities. For example, students must be enrolled in a Band class or school sanctioned ensemble to be eligible to audition for the All State Band. 

  2. Students attending high schools utilizing alternate scheduling models (e.g., block scheduling) are eligible to participate in All State activities only in the years in which they receive a full credit for those classes.

  3. Regardless of musical ability, students who are not enrolled in a Maryland school band, chorus, or orchestra class or school sanctioned ensemble for any reason are not eligible to participate in MMEA All State activities in the years in which they are not part of a school ensemble.

All State Ensembles

For All State 2023, the following ensembles will be seated:  Junior Band, Junior Chorus, Junior Orchestra, Senior Band, Senior Jazz Band, Senior Mixed Chorus*, and Senior Orchestra. If a student is selected, the ensembles will rehearse and perform during the following dates:

  • All State Junior Orchestra (Strings Only) - February 17-19, 2023, Towson/Baltimore, MD

  • All State Junior Chorus - February 17-19, 2023, Towson/Baltimore, MD

  • All State Senior Jazz Band - February 23-25, 2023, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  • All State Junior Band - March 3-5, 2023, Baltimore, MD

  • All State Senior Band - March 3-5, 2023, Baltimore, MD

  • All State Senior Chorus - March 3-5, 2023, Baltimore, MD

  • All State Senior Orchestra - March 3-5, 2023, Baltimore, MD

*There will be no Senior Treble Chorus for 2023.
 

Audition Timeline


August 26 - All State Materials Available

September 14 - All State Information Available - Policies/Procedures/Nominations, etc 

September 14 to October 12 -  All State Nomination Window - All Ensembles (See Nomination below)

 

October 14 to 28 - All State Audition Registration Window (Except Harp, Piano, & Jazz Band - See Registration Process below) 

November 12 - All State Auditions for Junior Band (Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion), Chorus, & Orchestra (Strings)

November 19 - All State Auditions for Senior Band (Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion), Chorus, & Orchestra (Strings)

November 14 to 21 - Piano & Harp All State Audition Submission Window

November 28 to December 5 - All State Senior Jazz Band Audition Submission Window 

 

All State Ensemble results for Junior and Senior ensembles (except Senior Jazz Band) will be announced on December 9, 2022. Notifications will be sent to caregivers, educators, students (with parental permission), and posted on this site.

Nomination and Registration

The All State Nomination and Registration process is a two(2) step process. 

 

Step 1 - Audition Nomination

Deadline - Wednesday, October 12, 2022  at 12:00 NOON

 

Maryland public or private school music educators may nominate any student who meets the eligibility requirements for the Maryland All State Ensembles. We do not accept any nominations from caregivers, students, or private studio teachers. Student nomination does not confirm an audition appointment. The caregiver/student must then register (next step.) See the Audition Process Steps section below for the nomination process. 

 

Step 2 - Audition Registration

Deadline - Friday, October 28, 2022 at 12:00 NOON

 

After the conclusion of the nomination window, all caregivers of submitted students will receive a registration link via email. For live in-person auditions, It is during this step that caregivers will be able to request a preferred time and location. See the Audition Process Steps section below for the registration process. 

Audition Options

In order to provide students with equitable access to audition opportunities for All State Ensembles, MMEA is offering both in-person and virtual auditions.

 

  • For Junior and Senior brass/woodwinds, chorus, and strings, MMEA will be offering both in-person auditions and a virtual synchronous audition process. 

  • For harp, piano and Senior Jazz Band, the auditions will be via a recorded submission and asynchronous adjudication.

  • Eligibility requirements for all auditions are the same. Audition requirements for the virtual auditions will contain the same components as the in-person auditions. All Virtual Auditions will be held on the morning of the audition days.

  • See the Audition Process Steps section below for full details.

NOTE - Live in-person auditions are encouraged; however, a student can request a virtual synchronous  audition option at registration. All virtual appointments will be in the mornings only of the dates listed above.  See the Audition Process Steps section below for full details.

Nomination Spreadsheets

The All State nomination window has now closed.

Junior and Senior Band/Orchestra Auditions


In-person auditions for band and orchestra will be held in one location. Virtual auditions will be held on the morning of the audition days. All students will be adjudicated by two (2) MMEA adjudicators and will be graded against a rubric. There will be a second round for specific instruments. 


Band Auditions (MBDA)

 

  • Junior Band Auditions (Grades 7-9)

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022

  • Live in-person at one location (listed below)

  • Optional virtual audition (morning only)

Senior Band Auditions (Grades 10-12)

 

  • Saturday, November 19, 2022

  • Live in-person at one location (listed below)

  • Optional virtual audition (morning only)

Senior Jazz Band Auditions (Grades 10-12)

 

  • Submission window November 28-December 5, 2022 (Deadline is 12:00 noon on 12/5/22)

  • Virtual via a recorded submission and asynchronous adjudications

 

Orchestra Auditions (MODA)
 

  • Junior Orchestra Auditions (Grades 7-9)

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass only

  • Live in-person at one location (listed below)

  • Optional virtual audition (morning only)

Senior Orchestra Auditions (Grades 10-12)

 

  • Saturday, November 19, 2022

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass only

  • Live in-person at one location (listed below)

  • Optional virtual audition (morning only)

Harp and Piano Auditions (Grades 7-12)

  • Submission window November 14-21, 2022 (Deadline is 12:00 noon on 11/21/22)

  • Virtual via a recorded submission and asynchronous adjudications

 

Junior and Senior Chorus Auditions (MCEA)

In-person auditions for chorus will be held in four locations. Virtual auditions will be held on the morning of the audition days. All students will be adjudicated by two (2) MMEA adjudicators and will be graded against a rubric. There will be four (4) audition locations throughout the state of Maryland. 


Junior Chorus Auditions (Grades 7-9)

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022

  • Live in-person at four (4) Locations (listed below)

  • Optional virtual audition (morning only)

Senior Chorus Auditions (Grades 10-12)

  • Saturday, November 19, 2022

  • Live in-person at four (4) Locations (listed below)

  • Optional virtual audition (morning only)
     

Audition Locations - In Person

Junior and Senior Brass/Woodwinds, Percussion, Strings Auditions

  • Live Auditions occur at one central location

    • Laurel High School, Laurel - Prince George’s County

 

Junior and Senior Choral Auditions 

  • Live Auditions and students can choose one of four locations: 

    • Williamsport High School, Williamsport - Washington County

    • University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Catonsville - Baltimore County

    • North Point High School, Waldorf - Charles County

    • Parkside High School, Salisbury - Wicomico County

 

NOTE - Live in-person auditions are encouraged, however a student can request a virtual synchronous  audition option at registration. All live virtual appointments will be in the mornings only of the dates listed above. Please see the Audition Process steps below.

Audition Fee

A recommended fee* of $15.00 for each audition is required at the time of audition registration. 

​All transactions are final and non-refundable. In the event that a student has to cancel or not follow through with the audition, the audition fee will not be refunded. Student auditioners must communicate with their music educator and caregiver to ensure their support for the process of auditioning for All State prior to the nomination/registration process. 

​​Invoicing Auditions - Educators ONLY may request that their student’s audition fees be invoiced to a school district, school or school booster. Pay What You Can pricing is not applicable with invoicing and as such, all invoiced audition fees will be the recommended $15.00. Audition invoicing requests can be made with the educator completed audition nomination forms. We do not accept invoicing requests from caregivers or students. 

 

*Maryland MEA is dedicated to ensuring all those seeking resources have the access they need. As such, applicants may choose a “Pay What You Can” option or the recommended fee.

Accessibility Requests

 

Special requests for accommodations or needs during an event are addressed on a case by case basis, and documentation of need must be provided. Please complete the MMEA Accessibility Request Form to request accommodations.

Auditioning for Multiple Ensembles

 

  • Students may be nominated and audition for as many All State ensembles as they wish, so long as all eligibility requirements are met, the student falls within the grade range for the ensemble, and the school music educator for each ensemble approves. Students should be aware of the added pressure of preparing multiple auditions. 

  • If a student qualifies for multiple ensembles, the student will be placed in the ensemble which they ranked the highest. If a student earns first chair in multiple ensembles, they will have the option to choose.

  • 9/19/22 Updated -  Senior Jazz Band Only: Students auditioning for All State Senior Band, Chorus, or Orchestra may ALSO audition for All State Senior Jazz Band, as long as they participate in their schools jazz band on the auditioning instrument. Students accepted into Senior Band, Chorus, or Orchestra AND Senior Jazz may participate in both ensembles.

 

NOTE: If a student is nominated/auditions for more than one ensemble, an audition fee must accompany each registration. 

Adjudication, Selection, and Ensemble Announcements

  • Each audition is evaluated by two (2) MMEA adjudicators. In the audition process, the only information the adjudicators are given or ask for is the student’s first name and instrument/vocal part.

  • If an adjudicator has a prior connection to a student, they will recuse themself from commenting or scoring on the audition to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

  • The full scoring rubric for all ensembles can be found on the All State Audition Materials webpage.  

  • Once all adjudications are complete, the leaders of the respective components (MBDA, MCEA, MODA) will review the adjudication scores and choose the ensembles based on the highest scores and the All State ensemble repertoire requirements. 

  • All State ensemble lists will be announced in early December for Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Ensembles, and early January for Senior Jazz Band.  MMEA will communicate through emails to the caregivers, educators, and post on the MMEA website.

Disqualifications

  • In-Person & Virtual Auditions: If a student does not meet the audition eligibility requirements, or follow the the policies and procedures for the auditions process, the student will not be able to audition and/or will not be eligible for ensemble acceptance. Disqualified auditions are not eligible for a refund of the audition fee. 

  • Video Auditions (Harp, Piano, and Senior Jazz Band Only): Failure to follow the recording instructions may result in disqualification. All auditions flagged for recording violations will be reviewed by MBDA Leadership for Senior Jazz and MODA for harp & piano.

​​Audition Process Steps

In-Person Auditions - Junior & Senior Brass/Woodwinds, Percussion, Chorus, Strings

 

  1. Maryland school educators are to identify their students who are eligible to audition and collect the required information (First Name, Last Name, Grade, Ensemble, Instrument/Vocal Part, Caregiver Name, Caregiver Email). 

  2. Educators are to complete the MMEA All State Nomination Spreadsheet and submit it to MMEA by email only by the posted deadline. Educators should download the appropriate sheet as provided by MMEA, fill it out completely, and email it as an attachment from their school address to mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com. LATE NOMINATION FORMS CANNOT BE ACCOMODATED. 

  3. Upon receipt of the educator’s completed student nomination list, MMEA will reply to confirm and provide a letter for the educator to send to the student’s caregiver, informing their child has been nominated for an All State audition. 

  4. Audition registration links will be emailed to all educators and caregivers of nominated students. Students MUST register and pay the audition fee by the deadline in order to audition. (Exception: school/booster/county requesting invoicing.) Educators should follow up with students to make sure they register their audition by the deadline. LATE REGISTRATION FORMS CANNOT BE ACCOMODATED.

  5. Educators, in collaboration with students and caregivers, should work to prepare the audition materials.

  6. Educators and caregivers will be notified of their student’s audition time slot and detailed location information at least one week prior to the audition. If requesting a virtual audition, please click here for full details.

  7. Walk-in auditions cannot be accommodated. 

  8. Student’s are responsible for their own transportation to and from the audition site.

  9. Students are responsible for bringing their own instruments and music (Percussion: see Audition Materials audition requirements.)

  10. In the case of some competitive instruments where there are multiple preliminary rooms, a “finals room” audition may be required. The finals room auditions will occur later the same day. 

 

Virtual Auditions - Junior & Senior Brass/Woodwinds, Percussion, Chorus, Strings

 

  1. Maryland school educators are to identify their students who are eligible to audition and collect the required information (First Name, Last Name, Grade, Ensemble, Instrument/Vocal Part, Caregiver Name, Caregiver Email). 

  2. Educators are to complete the MMEA All State Nomination Spreadsheet and submit it to MMEA by email only by the posted deadline. Educators should download the appropriate sheet as provided by MMEA, fill it out completely, and email it as an attachment from their school address to mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com. LATE NOMINATION FORMS CANNOT BE ACCOMODATED. 

  3. Upon receipt of the educator’s completed student nomination list, MMEA will reply to confirm and provide a letter for the educator to send to the student’s caregiver, informing their child has been nominated for an All State audition. 

  4. Audition registration links will be emailed to all educators and caregivers of nominated students. Students MUST register and pay the audition fee by the deadline in order to audition. (Exception: school/booster/county requesting invoicing). Educators should follow up with students to make sure they register their audition by the deadline. LATE REGISTRATION FORMS CANNOT BE ACCOMODATED.

  5. Educators, in collaboration with students and caregivers, should work to prepare the audition materials.

  6. Educators and caregivers will be notified of their student’s zoom link and audition time slot and zoom link at least one week prior to the audition. 

  7. Upon entering the audition room, the student’s information will be verified by the Room Facilitator. After the student is verified, the student will be sent to the applicable breakout room for their instrument. 

  8. The students will perform their scales and etudes/excerpts, and will be assessed on a sight-reading example that the judge will display on their screen. 

  9. In the case of some competitive instruments where there are multiple preliminary rooms, a “finals room” audition may be required. Those students who receive a “finals room” invitation will be notified by the preliminary room judges and will receive an email with the “finals room” Zoom link using the contact information provided at the time of registration. This finals room audition will occur later the same day. 

  10. Upon completion of the audition, the adjudicators will instruct the student to leave the room.

  11. Sight Reading: When the audition reaches the sight reading portion, one adjudicator will share their screen with the student and the process from there will be the same as in-person auditions. (The student will receive sixty seconds to silently prepare, followed by their performance.) 

  12. IMPORTANT: WiFi and connectivity issues outside of the audition sites are out of the control of MMEA so families should make every effort to ensure that there is reliable internet access in their homes or virtual audition locations. Please be aware that unforeseen technical situations could occur and we will do our very best to rectify any issues as quickly as possible.

  13. Special Note for Percussion: Auditions for All State Jr. and Sr. Bands will include all of the instruments indicated in the Audition Materials on the MMEA website. If students do not have access to all of the required instruments at their home, there will be several satellite audition locations available throughout the state for percussionists to access these instruments in order to audition.  

    1. Three (3) Satellite locations for PERCUSSION ONLY are possible to request use of space and instruments/equipment. Those locations are Williamsport HS (Washington County), North Point HS (Charles County), and third location TBA on the Eastern Shore. Students would join in the zoom link from these locations to the judges at the central auditions.  

    2. Students also have the option to make arrangements with their current music teacher or private teacher to gain access to and audition from their school or private studio. 

Virtual Audition Requirements

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Failure to follow these requirements for Virtual Auditions may result in the audition being disqualified.

  1. Students should perform their auditions in environments that minimize distractions to the greatest extent possible.

  2. Backgrounds and clothing must not display any identifying information including, but not limited to, student’s name, the name of the school or district, school mascot, or location. 

  3. At the beginning of the audition, the student must state their first name ONLY and the instrument/vocal part for which they are auditioning. Students should NOT state their last name or school. Zoom asks for a name before signing in to the room. Students should type their first name only. 

  4. Vocal auditions - The student's face must be visible at all times. The audition script for vocal auditions MUST be read prior to the first audition selections.

  5. Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String Auditions - The entire instrument and student's hands must be visible at all times, with the exception of the right hand for French Horn. For scales, the student will be asked to turn their back to the computer screen to ensure that the student does not have a digital copy of a scale sheet on their screen. 

  6. All required audition etudes/excerpts should be performed in the order that they are presented in the audition materials.

  7. Students MAY NOT wear headphones during the audition.

  8. Only internal camera microphones may be used and may be stereo or mono audio.

  9. Students may not use metronomes, or supplemental/additional microphones to perform the required selections.

 

Please direct all questions regarding the Virtual Audition process to virtualmusic.mmea@gmail.com. Please allow time for a reply.

Recorded Audition Submissions - Harp, Piano & Senior Jazz Band ONLY

 

  1. Maryland school educators are to identify their students who are eligible to audition and collect the required information (First Name, Last Name, Grade, Ensemble, Instrument/Vocal Part, Caregiver Name, Caregiver Email). 

  2. Educators are to complete the MMEA All State Nomination Spreadsheet and submit it to MMEA by email only by the posted deadline. Educators should download the appropriate sheet as provided by MMEA, fill it out completely, and email it as an attachment from their school address to mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com. LATE NOMINATION FORMS CANNOT BE ACCOMODATED. 

  3. Upon receipt of the educator’s completed student nomination list, MMEA will reply to confirm and provide a letter for the educator to send to the student’s caregiver, informing their child has been nominated for an All State audition. 

  4. Audition registration and video submission links will be emailed to all educators and caregivers of nominated students. Students MUST be registered, paid, and submit their video audition by the deadline in order to be considered. Educators should follow up with students to make sure they submit their audition by the deadline. LATE AUDITION SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCOMODATED.

  5. Educators, in collaboration with students and caregivers, should work to prepare the audition materials.

  6. Students must follow the recording process and requirements below.

  7. All recorded auditions are final upon submission.

Recording Process & Requirements for Harp, Piano, and Senior Jazz Band

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Failure to follow these requirements will result in the audition being disqualified.

  • Music educators are to supervise and review the recording before submission.

  • Backgrounds and clothing must not display any identifying information including, but not limited to, students' names, the name of the school or district, school mascot, or location.

  • At the beginning of the audition, the student must state their first name ONLY and the instrument for which they are auditioning. DO NOT state last name or school.

  • Senior Jazz Auditions (All Instruments) - The entire instrument and student's hands/torso/face must be visible at all times.

  • Harp Auditions - The full instrument, and students' hands must be visible at all times.

  • Piano Auditions (Including Jazz Piano) - The camera angle must include a clear shot of the keyboard, and the student’s hands/torso/face must be visible at all times. 

  • Students must play all audition materials in the order, selection, and tempo that they are presented in the audition materials.

  • A date and time stamp must be visible at all times on the recording.  If no stamp is available, a smartphone, tablet or other electronic device with the seconds ticking off (e.g. stopwatch feature) or analog clock displaying the time with a sweeping second hand must be visible in the recording at all times.  Please note that electronic timepieces or timestamps may not include an address or location.

  • NO audio or video editing OF ANY KIND is allowed.  The audition recording should be done in one take, without stopping or starting the recording.  A student may, of course, take a moment between each required piece or section to collect themselves, change their music, or take a sip of water if needed.

  • Students MAY NOT wear headphones during the audition recording.

  • Only internal camera microphones may be used and may be stereo or mono audio.

  • Students may not use metronomes, or supplemental/additional microphones to perform the required selections.

  • Only one student video file per audition submission will be accepted online in the following formats: AVI, WMV, MOV, or MP4. 

  • The maximum file size allowed is 2Gb.  Please be aware that the larger the file size, the longer it will take to load.

Helpful Tips for Recorded Auditions - Harp, Piano, and Senior Jazz Band 

  • Read the recording process and requirements before you begin recording your audition.

  • If possible, reduce any background noise (fans, TV, etc) during the audition recording.

  • View your audition recording in its entirety before submission to ensure it is complete.

  • Save a copy of your audition and label it so you send in the correct recording.

  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your audition. Prepare to submit at least three (3) days prior to the submission deadline to allow for technical issues and troubleshooting.

Submittable Help

 

Caregivers and students will use an online application to register for the auditions (In the case of Harp, Piano, and Jazz Band to submit the video audition.)  Caregivers must create an account for the student. The submittable link will be sent to caregivers once the nomination process has concluded. 

 

Click here for a support article or contact support@submittable.com for all technical/navigation issues. 

Communication

 

To help facilitate this audition process, caregivers or students may need to communicate directly with MMEA staff for questions and support. We ask that the student’s music educator be copied on all messages to MMEA to assure transparency and accurate communication. MMEA staff will extend the same courtesy in the event staff needs to communicate with caregivers and/or students.