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ALL STATE AUDITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. 

We are pleased to present the 2021-2022 Maryland Music Educator Association (MMEA) All State Auditions. This year represents our continued evolution toward a more efficient and positive experience for all involved. This process has developed even further as we refine the process of virtual auditions.

MMEA hosts All State ensembles which are grade level and content area specific (band, chorus, orchestra.) The activities adhere to guidelines established by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), of which MMEA is a state affiliate. 

All music educators, caregivers, and students should review the information on this page before submitting an audition.

We wish all students the very best in the 2021-2022 All State Auditions!

All State Ensembles

For 2021-2022 All State, the following ensembles will be seated:  Junior Band, Junior Chorus, Junior Orchestra, Senior Band, Senior Jazz Band, Senior Mixed Chorus*, Senior Orchestra.

 

The All State Senior Ensemble weekend is scheduled for February 4-6, 2022.
The All State Junior Ensemble weekend is scheduled for February 25-27, 2022. 

 

Senior Chorus Sopranos:  On the audition form, you will be asked for your preference of Soprano 1 or 2.  However, all Senior Chorus Sopranos are auditioning with the same music.

*Due to space limitations, we will not be seating a Senior Treble Chorus for 2022.

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 classes in Maryland public and private 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 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 their school band, chorus, or orchestra class 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.

 

Eligibility Confirmation

The caregiver submitting the audition will enter an email address for the student’s school and ensemble specific music educator. The educator will receive an eligibility form via the submission platform.  A form must be completed for each student auditioning.  Failure to complete these forms can result in disqualification of an audition.

 

Caregivers:  Please do not submit the eligibility form until the audition is complete and ready to be submitted.

Audition Deadlines

The All State Audition submission window is October 13, 2021 to October 27, 2021 at 11:59pm.

 

Late audition requests must be received and approved by the Executive Director of MMEA by October 22, 2021. Extension requests received after this time will not be considered. Please plan to submit audition applications no less than three days prior to the deadline to allow time for troubleshooting, if needed.

Audition Fee

A recommended* fee of $15 for each audition is required at the time of submission. 

All transactions are final and non-refundable. In the event a music educator indicates a student is not eligible for any reason, the audition fee will not be refunded. Please communicate with your music educator to ensure they support your student auditioning for All State prior to submitting the audition.

Invoicing Requests for Educators - We are no longer accepting requests for invoicing for the All State Audition fees.

*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.

Audition Requirements

  • Students must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland and meet the class membership and grade level requirements in order to be eligible to participate in the All State auditions. 

  • Each music educator is responsible for assuring each student has prepared the audition music as described, and at the tempos given. 

  • Students may audition on as many instruments/voice parts and for as many ensembles as they are eligible for. Students should be aware of the added pressure of preparing multiple auditions. See the section below for additional information regarding auditioning for multiple ensembles. 

  • Special requests for alternative submission formats 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.

  • Junior Chorus, Senior Chorus, and Senior Jazz Band will need an MP3 device to play script tracks or accompaniment during the audition recording.

 

Auditioning for Multiple Ensembles

Students may audition for as many All State ensembles as they wish, so long as eligibility requirements are met, the student falls within the grade range for the ensemble, and the music educator 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.

 

NOTE: A caregiver must complete an audition application form for each instrument/voice part for each student audition application submitted. The audition fee must be paid for each application.

Adjudication, Selection and Ensemble Announcements

Each audition is adjudicated by two (2) MMEA certified adjudicators. The only information the adjudicators see in the audition process is the student’s first name, grade, instrument/vocal part, and audition recording.

 

If an adjudicator recognizes a student, the audition will be reassigned, to avoid a conflict of interest.  

 

Once all adjudications are complete, the head’s of the respective components (MBDA, MCEA, MODA) review the adjudication scores and choose the ensembles based on the highest scores and the ensemble requirements. 

 

The All State ensemble lists will be announced on November 17, 2021 via emails to the caregivers and educators, and posted on the MMEA website.

 

Disqualifications

If an audition does not meet the recording requirements, the adjudicators will flag it for MMEA Leadership review.  All disqualification decisions are final.

Audition Materials & Adjudication Rubric

10-6-21 - PLEASE CHECK THE AUDITION MATERIALS AS CORRECTIONS AND REVISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE.

Audition materials and adjudication rubric for all ensembles is available on the Audition Materials Page.

Audition Process Steps

  1. Read the recording process & requirements before starting your audition recording.

  2. Create a free account in the online audition platform, or sign in to an existing account. When creating an account, you will be asked to provide an email address and create a password. This email address will be used for communication regarding the status of the audition application.

  3. Record the student audition.  LABEL the file for easy reference.

  4. Complete the online audition form and upload the student audition recording. Audition applications cannot be accepted without a recording. 

  5. IMPORTANT:  When entering the school music educator's email for the eligibility confirmation, please enter the student's first and last name and their instrument/vocal part in the "Add a personal message" text box.

  6. Input payment information and submit the audition. 

 

Upon successful submission of an application, an automated confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account. Please forward the confirmation message to the student’s music educator and save a copy for your records.

 

In order to maintain the integrity of the “blind” audition process, all applications will remain “In Progress” for the entire audition and acceptance process.  All State ensemble lists will be announced to the caregivers, school music educators, and posted on the MMEA website.  

Recording Requirements

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/vocal part for which they are auditioning. DO NOT state last name or school.

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

  • Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String Auditions - The entire instrument and student's hands must be visible at all times.

  • All required audition selections should be performed in the order 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.  Added 8/18/21 - 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 application 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, the longer it will take to load.

Sample Auditions

Below are two examples of auditions from All State Ensemble musicians.  These auditions perfectly followed the recording requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helpful Tips

  • 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.

  • Make sure you are oriented correctly in the video (you should not be sideways or upside down in the recording).

  • 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 trouble shooting.

Request to Edit or Change an Audition

If you have made an error on your audition, you may Request To Edit your submission without needing to re-submit or pay any additional fee. This Request To Edit is accomplished through the submission platform.  

Any requests to edit must be received by October 27, 2021 at 5:00pm.  Any Requests To Edit received after that time will not be accepted.  If you have requested to edit your submission, you must complete all edits by October 27, 2021 at 11:59pm.


Submittable Help

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

Communication

To help facilitate this virtual process, caregiver or students s may need to communicate 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.

 

Please contact MMEA Staff at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com with questions. 

All State Audition Forms

 

ALL STATE AUDITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.