Ohio Music Education Association

All-State Ensembles

All-State Ensembles represent the best of Ohio’s musicians. Participation is based upon a standardized audition process for each of the following ensembles:

  • Band
  • Children’s Chorus
  • Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
All performances are held at the OMEA Professional Development Conference. You may learn more about that event by clicking here.

Selection Process Dates (Band, Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band)

March 1
Application and audition material available on this website.

May 31
Deadline for all applications to be submitted via the online registration system.

August 31
Notification of results to applicants and directors.

September 30
Due date for acceptance form and membership fee of $250 (includes hotel lodging and 5 meals).

Acceptance Form Links for Band, Choir, Jazz and Orch.

Due Date is September 30, 2016

Band: John Veneskey (jveneskey@southrange.org)
OMEA Emergency Medical Authorization - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=20917
OMEA Rules of Conduct - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=21263
OMEA Image Use Release Form - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=21364


Choir: Adam Landry (Landry@mentorschools.org)
OMEA Emergency Medical Authorization - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=22179
OMEA Rules of Conduct - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=22934
OMEA Image Use Release Form - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=23266


Jazz: Tom Ruggieeri (tom.ruggieri@boardmanschools.org)
OMEA Emergency Medical Authorization - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=23832
OMEA Rules of Conduct - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=24293
OMEA Image Use Release Form - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=24898


Orchestra:  Steve Cocchiola (cocchiolas@bbhcsd.org)
OMEA Emergency Medical Authorization - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=25564
OMEA Rules of Conduct - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=26392
OMEA Image Use Release Form - http://canfieldbands.com/machform/view.php?id=27260

Children’s Chorus

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April 1:
Application and audition material available online at https://app.getacceptd.com/omeachildrenschorus. 

June 1:
Deadline for all applications to be submitted. Please carefully note the specific performance requirements below. 

August 1:
Results posted to the OMEA portal http://portal.omea-ohio.org and mailed via post office to all students. Teachers will receive e-mail notification when results are posted to the portal.

September 1:
Acceptance forms and $75 participation fee made payable to OMEA due for all applicants.

All-State Audition Registration NOW CLOSED!

  • Band, Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band
    ALL-STATE ENSEMBLES
    2017 Professional Conference • Cleveland • February 1-4, 2017
    Coordinator – Michael Kelly
    Band Chair – John Veneskey
    Choir Chair – Adam Landry
    Jazz Ensemble Chair – Tom Ruggieri
    Orchestra Chair – Steve Cocchiola

    2017 ALL-STATE APPLICATIONS ARE EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE!

    APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED!
    OMEA continues the use of online applications for the 2017 All-State Ensembles. Please be aware the online application does not change how recordings are made, only how applications and recordings are submitted. You will need the following items to apply:
    1. Student and parent e-mail addresses.
    2. Digital recordings of required etudes/solos/scales/warm-up (as listed below)
    3. Your director’s contact information
    4. Your director’s 9-digit NAfME identification number
    5. A credit card for the $15 application fee (paid to Acceptd)

    APPLICATION TIMELINE
    March 1: Application and audition material available. May 31: Deadline for all applications to be submitted. Please carefully note the specific etude and performance requirements. They are all different for 2017. August 31: Notification of results to applicants and directors. September 30: Due date for acceptance form and membership fee of $250 (includes hotel lodging and 5 meals).
    All participants must stay in the All-State housing hotel (4 people to each room).

    2017 CHOIR RECORDING REQUIREMENTS
    Each student (after announcing name and voice part) should record a vocalization (any vocal warm-up exercise) of the student’s choice that best demonstrates the extent of his/her range from bottom to top. Next, record a solo from the OMEA Class “A” or “B” list.


    2017 BAND & ORCHESTRA WIND-PERCUSSION RECORDING REQUIREMENTS
    Each student (after first announcing name and instrument) will next record all required Etudes as listed below and next record a Solo from the OMEA Class “A” or “B” list. Note that percussionists are required to record all three etudes (snare, timpani and mallet), then record a solo (OMEA Class “A” or “B”) on a keyboard instrument.


    2017 ALL-STATE BAND & ORCHESTRA WINDS-PERCUSSION ETUDE REQUIREMENTS
    FLUTE: Selected Studies for Flute by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p, 10 and p. 33

    OBOE:
     Selected Studies for Oboe by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 5 and p. 48

    CLARINET Bb and Eb:
     Selected Studies for Clarinet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 23 and p. 42

    CLARINET ALTO, BASS, CONTRA:
     Advances Studies from the Works of J. Weissenborn: arr. Rhoades: Pub. by Southern, #5 (p. 3), #32 (p. 25)

    BASSOON: 
    Catalogue #CU96 Method for Bassoon by J. Weissenborn, #6 (p.117), #39 (pp. 144-145)

    SAXOPHONE:
     Selected Studies for Saxophone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 7 and p. 41

    TRUMPET:
     Selected Studies for Trumpet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 23 and p. 50

    FRENCH HORN:
     Prepatory Melodies to Solo Work by Pottag: Pub. by Belwin, #5 (p. 3), #30 (p. 11), #86 (p. 34)

    TROMBONE AND EUPHONIUM: 
    Selected Studies for Trombone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 5 and p. 48
    • All Euphoniums, both treble and bass clef, must play the trombone etudes.
    • These may be rewritten into treble clef if desired. The Concert Key (Sounding Pitch) must be maintained

    BASS TROMBONE:
     24 Studies for Bass Trombone by Grigoriev/Ostrander: Pub. by International Music: #5 (p. 6 thru p. 7 end of second full measure) and #16 (p. 18) NOTE: In order to audition for this position, players must use an instrument with the minimum equipment of an “F” attachment and a .525 or larger bore size.

    TUBA: 70 Studies for BB flat Tuba by Blazevich, Vol. No. 1: Pub. by Robert King, #6 (p. 5) and #26 (p. 25) If selected for participation, All-State Tuba Players are expected to use/borrow an upright tuba as opposed to a bell-front tuba or sousaphone.

    PERCUSSION: 
    All players will audition using all three of the following instruments:
    • Keyboard (could be played on xylophone or marimba): (New Book as of 2015 auditions) Fundamental
    • Method for Mallets, Book 1 by Mitchell Peters: Pub. by Alfred, Eb Major Reading Study #3, Page 90.
    • Timpani: The Solo Timpanist by Vic Furth: Published by Carl Fischer, Etude IV (p. 11)
    • Snare: (New Book as of 2015 auditions) – Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters: Pub. by Try
    • Publishing Company, Etude #9 (pp. 18-19).
    • THE REQUIRED CLASS A OR B SOLO MUST BE ON A KEYBOARD INSTRUMENT. IT CAN BE PLAYED ON EITHER XYLOPHONE, VIBRAPHONE OR MARIMBA. TWO OR FOUR MALLETS, ACCOMPANIED OR UNACCOMPANIED IS ACCEPTABLE



    JAZZ ENSEMBLE RECORDING REQUIREMENTS: NEW FOR 2017:
    “Donna Lee”, “Yardbird Suite” and “My Little Suede Shoes” are from Charlie Parker (vol. 6); ”Runnin’ and Gunnin’”,
    “An April Recall” and “I Remember Grant” are from Good Time! (vol. 114). Both are Jamey Aebersold Publications.

    ALL WINDS:
    • Perform a chromatic scale evenly up and down to demonstrate range.
    • With the play- along, record the head to “Yardbird Suite” and improvise 2 choruses (improvisation required for a solo chair, recommended but not required for other chairs)

    SAXES:

    • With the play along, record the head to “Donna Lee” and improvise two choruses (improvisation required for a solo chair, recommended but not required for other chairs)

    BRASS:

    • With the play along, record the head to “My Little Suede Shoes” and improvise two choruses (improvisation required for a solo chair, recommended but not required for other chairs)
    • If you wish to be considered for the lead trumpet player, include a recording of you performing a swing chart with your home jazz ensemble.

    VIBES:

    • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to “Runnin’ and Gunnin'", comp for one chorus and improvise for 2 choruses
    • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to “An April Recall”, medium version (track 9), comp for one chorus and improvise for two choruses
    • With the play- along, record the head to “Yardbird Suite” and improvise 2 choruses (improvisation required for a solo chair, recommended but not required for other chairs)

    PIANO, GUITAR:

    • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to “Runnin’ and Gunnin", comp for one chorus and improvise for 2 choruses
    • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to “An April Recall”, medium version (track 9), comp for one chorus and improvise for two choruses

    BASS:

    • Improvise a bass line with the recorded rhythm section. You may improvise a solo (optional) on one or more of the selections after you have performed a bass line for two choruses
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – right channel), play two choruses “Runnin’ and Gunnin"
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – right channel), play two choruses of “I Remember Grant”
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – right channel), play two choruses of “An April Recall”, medium version, track 9

    DRUMS:

    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – left channel), play two choruses of “Runnin’ and Gunnin"
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – left channel), play two choruses of “I Remember Grant”
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – left channel), play two choruses of “An April Recall”, medium version, track 9
    • Include a recording of you performing a swing chart with your home jazz ensemble. This swing chart must incorporate at least a brief drum solo (4 or more measures).
  • Children’s Chorus - DEADLINE has passed.

    2017 All-State Children’s Chorus


    Cleveland, Ohio February 2, 2017

    ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S CHORUS CO-CHAIRS - Sarah Kozlowski & Jodie Ricci

    ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S CHORUS COMMITTEE - Pat Haynish, Terry Herschman, Sandy Mathias, Suzanne Walters, Beth Vaughn
    OMEA is pleased to announce auditions for our third OMEA All-State Children’s Chorus on
    Thursday, February 2, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio as part of the OMEA Professional Development Conference. Judy Bowers, professor of choral music at Florida State University, will be the guest conductor. Selected choristers will participate in three regional rehearsals prior to this event (see dates/times below) and a full group rehearsal with Judy Bowers on February 2nd. The day will conclude with a final concert at 5:00. We are thrilled to extend this opportunity to elementary students and teachers in the State of Ohio.


    ON-LINE APPLICATIONS
    In order to assure an efficient review process, applicants will apply using the “Acceptd, Inc.” online website. All application material MUST be submitted electronically through this web-based company. This process includes a
    $15 application fee to Acceptd LLC for administering the on-line process. Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered. Please read the following information carefully. Failure to do so may disqualify deserving students.


    STUDENT ELIGIBILITY for the ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S CHORUS
    Auditions will be open to all public, private and home school students in grades 4 and 5 during the 2016-2017 school year whose teachers are members of OMEA. Home-schooled students whose parent or private teacher is a member of OMEA are also eligible. OMEA members are asked to encourage and assist their finest students in the application process described below. Please ensure that all applicants can match pitch, access the head voice and possess the focus and stamina to participate in full day rehearsals.


    APPLICATION TIMELINE
    April 1: Application and audition material available online at https://app.getacceptd.com/omeachildrenschorus
    June 1: Deadline for all applications to be submitted. Please carefully note the specific performance requirements below. 
    August 1: Results posted to the OMEA portal http://portal.omea-ohio.org and mailed via post office to all students. Teachers will receive e-mail notification when results are posted to the portal.
    September 1: Acceptance forms and $75 participation fee made payable to OMEA due for all applicants. Mail all acceptance forms and the participation fee to:
    Sarah Kozlowski
    1024 South Belvoir Blvd.
    South Euclid, Ohio 44121


    APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ALL APPLICANTS

    • The profile should be created under the student’s name. Directors are welcome to assist students in setting up their profile.
    • Under “PROGRAM GROUP” select “OMEA All State Children’s Chorus”
    • Under “PROGRAM” select MALE or FEMALE
    • Answer all of the questions.
    • Upload clearly named audio recordings. Recordings must begin with the student announcing their name and grade level.
    • Recordings of individual selections should NOT be edited or spliced, but rather performed continuously. 
    • Attention should be given to the quality of the recording. Soloists should be more prominent than the accompaniment and the site of the recording should be as soundproof as possible. Recordings can be made on digital recorders, iPhones, iPads. 
    • Teachers are urged to review application information and recordings before submission.
    • The final step of the application includes a $15 application fee to Acceptd LLC for administering the on-line application process. A pre-paid card, commercially available at various retail locations may suit your needs if a personal credit card is unavailable. Please note that the application fees are paid to “Acceptd, Inc.;” OMEA will not receive this money.
    • Once your application has been submitted, a confirmation e-mail and receipt will be sent.
    • Failure to meet the deadlines or follow application instructions may result in the rejection of an applicant.
    • All evaluation proceedings are confidential and decisions are final.


    AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

    PDF copies of the audition material can be downloaded for reference by
    CLICKING HERE
    • Begin with the applicant announcing his/her name and current grade level
    • Sing the first verse of “America the Beautiful,” unaccompanied, in the key of CM.
    • Sing Lowell Mason’s “O Music,” unaccompanied, in any key


    NOTIFICATION & FEES

    The 2017 All-State Children’s Chorus roster will be posted to the OMEA portal on August 1st,2016. Teachers will receive e-mail notification when results are posted to the portal. Each applicant will also receive a mailing to his/her home address with audition results. Results are final. If accepted into the 2017 OMEA All-State Children’s Chorus, a
    $75 participation fee made payable to OMEA is due for all applicants by September 1, 2016.


    ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S CHORUS REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

    REGIONAL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
    The regional rehearsal schedule and details
    will be posted soon to this website. All students are required to attend three regional rehearsals prior to the February 2nd event. Students are encouraged to attend the regional rehearsal in their area but may elect to drive to a different region if there is a conflict. Regional rehearsals are mandatory.

    February 2nd SCHEDULE
    All students are required to attend the full day event on February 2nd, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.
    • 8:30 Registration/Check In
    • 9:00-12:15 Morning Rehearsal
    • 12:15-1:00 Lunch
    • 1:00-3:30 Afternoon Rehearsal
    • 3:45 Run-through in concert venue
    • 5:00 Concert

    STUDENT/APPLICANT FEES & REQUIRED FORMS
    If accepted into the 2017 All-State Children’s Chorus, all participants will pay a $75 registration fee to OMEA and complete all required registration forms. All checks should be
    made payable to OMEA for $75. Checks and acceptance forms should be mailed to: Sarah Kozlowski, OMEA Chair, 1024 South Belvoir Blvd., South Euclid, Ohio 44121


    CONCERT ATTIRE

    All students will be given a performance t-shirt on the day of the performance. Students are expected to wear black dress pants, black socks and black dress shoes for the performance.