Ohio Music Education Association

All-State Ensembles/Region Orchestra

Please note that Region Orchestra now follows the same deadlines as 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
  • Region Orchestra
All performances are held at the OMEA Professional Development Conference. You may learn more about that event by clicking here.

Selection Process Dates

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 (see specific ensemble information below for the fee amount)
  • Audition Requirements - Children’s Chorus

    2018 All-State Children’s Chorus


    Columbus, Ohio February 8, 2018


    ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S CHORUS CHAIR

    Sarah Kozlowski 

    ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S CHORUS COMMITTEE

    Pat Haynish, Terry Herschman, Beth Vaughn, Keith Tankersley, Chelsey Sweatman

    OMEA is pleased to announce auditions for our third OMEA All-State Children’s Chorus on February 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio as part of the OMEA Professional Development Conference. Selected choristers will participate in three regional rehearsals prior to this event and a full group rehearsal with our guest conductor on February 8th. 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.


    ONLINE 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 2017-2018 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
    March 1
    Application and audition material available online through Acceptd.

    May 31

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

    August 31

    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 30
    :
    Acceptance forms and 
    $85 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 
      • Recordings of individual selections should NOT be edited or spliced. 
    Please ensure that all applicants can match pitch, access the head voice and possess the focus and stamina to participate in full-day rehearsals

    NOTIFICATION & FEES
    The 2018 All-State Children’s Chorus roster will be posted to the OMEA portal on August 31st, 2017. 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, an 
    $85 participation fee made payable to OMEA is due for all applicants by September 30, 2017. 

    ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S CHORUS REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS


    REGIONAL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
    The regional rehearsal schedule and details will be posted to the OMEA web-site 
    http://www.omea-ohio.org. All students are required to attend three regional rehearsals prior to the February 8th 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 – a schedule will be communicated in the acceptance letters on August 31st.

    February 8th SCHEDULE
    All students are required to attend the full day event on February 8th, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.
    • 8:00-8:30 Registration/Check In
    • 9:00-12:00 Morning Rehearsal
    • 12:00-1:00 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 2018 All-State Children’s Chorus, all participants will pay a $85 registration fee to OMEA and complete all required registration forms. All checks should be 
    made payable to OMEA for $85. 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.


  • Audition Requirements - Region Orchestra
    2017-2018 Region Orchestra APPLICATIONS ARE EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE!
    APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED!

    OMEA continues the use of online applications for the 2018 Regional Orchestras. 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 2018.


    August 31

    Notification of results to applicants and directors.


    GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ACCEPTD
    Items Needed to Apply:
    1. Student and Parent email addresses.
    2. Digital recordings of required Regional audition excerpts (as listed on the Region/District Websites)
    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)
    6. School OMEA Region


    2018 Orchestra Strings Recording Requirements: Each student (after announcing name and instrument) will next record all TECHNICAL Etudes listed below and next record the LYRICAL passages listed for their instrument. Finally, Orchestra strings must record the required scales listed for their instrument. See details below.

    VIOLIN

    • TECHNICAL: Kreutzer 42 Studies for Violin: Etude #10; Start at beginning through first note of measure 27. Metronome marking of quarter note = 66 throughout. 
    • LYRICAL: Mozart Symphony No. 39, Mvt. 2: Using Violin 1 part, record measures 1-27 with no repeats. Metronome marking of eighth note = 88 throughout. 
    • SCALES: Record a 3-octave G major scale and a 2-octave Bb major scale.

    VIOLA
    :
    • TECHNICAL: Mazas 30 Etudes Speciales, Opus 36, Book 1: Etude #18; Start at beginning through measure 28. Metronome marking of eighth note = 118 throughout. 
    • LYRICAL: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Mvt. 2; Using Viola 1 part, record measures 112-150. Metronome marking of quarter note = 152 throughout.
    • SCALES: Record a 3-octave C major scale and a 2-octave Eb major scale.

    CELLO
    :
    • TECHNICAL: Popper 40 Studies “High School of Cello Playing”, Opus 73: Etude #11; Start at beginning through measure 24. Metronome marking of quarter note = 88 throughout.
    • LYRICAL: Dvorak Symphony No. 8, Mvt. 4; Using Cello 1 part, record measures from rehearsal A to rehearsal D with no repeats. Metronome marking of quarter note =108-116 throughout.
    • SCALES: Record 3-octave C major scale and 2-octave Eb major scale.

    BASS
    :
    • TECHNICAL: Sturm 110 Studies, Opus 20, Volume 1: Study #19; Record measures 11-20.
    • LYRICAL: Storch-Hrabe 57 Etudes, Volume 1: Etude #4; Record measures 1-10.
    • SCALES: Record 2-octave G major scale and 2-octave Bb major scale.

    HARP
    :
    • TECHNICAL: Grossi Method for Harp, Ricordi Edition: Etude #29; Record pages 134-135. Metronome marking of quarter note = 90-110 throughout.
    • LYRICAL: Borodin Polovetsian Dances, Luck’s Music Library; Record measures 15 -45. Metronome marking of quarter note 84 throughout.
    • SCALES: None required.


    Application Process (Instructions for using Acceptd)
    We recommend using Google Chrome as your Internet browser.
    ***Please note that the profile should be in the student's name. Directors are welcome to assist students in setting up their profile.***
    1. Under ‘PROGRAM GROUP’ select the region for which you are applying. You must apply to your correct region. If you are unsure of what region your school is in, please have your school director help you with this process.
    2. Under ‘PROGRAM’ select your instrument.
    3. Upload clearly named audio recordings. Recordings must begin with the student announcing their name and instrument.
    4. Each student (after first announcing name and instrument) will record all required Excerpts as listed by the Region, and next record required scales as listed by the Region. These can be submitted as one file or split up into separate files by excerpt. Please state your name at the beginning of every file that you submit.
    5. Recordings of individual selections should NOT be edited or spliced, but rather performed continuously. Adjudicators are more interested in hearing an honest performance than a flawless one.
    6. Attention should be given to the quality of the recording. The site of the recording should be as soundproof as possible.
    7. Directors are urged to review application information and recordings before submission.
    8. As of March 1, 2013, OMEA is using a third-party provider, Acceptd, Inc., for administering the online Regional and All-State applications. For this service, the final step of the application includes a $15 application fee, paid by credit or debit card. OMEA will not receive this money.
    9. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email and receipt. The email address you use will serve as our primary means of contacting you. Please check your email regularly and respond promptly.
    10. Failure to meet deadlines or follow application instructions will result in rejection of applications.
    11. Evaluation proceedings are confidential and final.
    12. Alternates will be selected and used to fill positions as needed.
  • Audition Requirements - All-State Band/Choir/Jazz Band/Orchestra Winds

    ALL-STATE ENSEMBLES 2018 Professional Development Conference Columbus, Ohio February 8-10, 2018

    Coordinator – Keith Hallas
    Band Chair – Kate Ferguson
    Choir Chair – Brandon Moss
    Jazz Ensemble Chair – Andy Doherty
    Orchestra Chair – Christopher Lape

    2018 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 2018 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 2018.


    August 31:

    Notification of results to applicants and directors.


    September 30: 
    Due date for acceptance form and membership fee of $275 (includes hotel lodging and 5 meals).
    All participants
    must stay in the All-State housing hotel (4 people to each room).


    2018 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.

    2018 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. See details below for further specifics.

    2018 ALL-STATE BAND & ORCHESTRA WINDS-PERCUSSION ETUDE REQUIREMENTS
    FLUTE: Selected Studies for Flute by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 20 and p. 34

    OBOE:
     Selected Studies for Oboe by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 6 and p. 40

    CLARINET Bb and Eb:
     Selected Studies for Clarinet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 8 and p. 43

    CLARINET ALTO, BASS, CONTRA:
     Advances Studies from the Works of J. Weissenborn: arr. Rhoades: Pub. by Southern, #4 (p. 2), #26 (p. 20)

    BASSOON: 
    Method for Bassoon by J. Weissenborn (Catalogue #CU96) #3 p. 116 and #28 (p. 134)

    SAXOPHONE:
     Selected Studies for Saxophone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 15 and p. 29

    TRUMPET:
     Selected Studies for Trumpet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 4 and p. 37

    FRENCH HORN:
     Prepatory Melodies to Solo Work by Pottag: Pub. by Belwin, #19 (p. 7), #22 (p. 8), #47 (p. 19)

    TROMBONE AND EUPHONIUM: 
    Selected Studies for Trombone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 10 and p. 35
    • 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:
    NEW BOOK for 2018 - 50 Etudes for Bass Trombone and Tenor Trombone with F attachment by Grigoriev, ed. & arr. by Randall Hawes: Pub. by Encore, #3 (p. 7), and #35 (p. 33) 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, #14 (p. 13) and #30 (p. 29). 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) – Fundamental Method for Mallets, Book 1 by Mitchell Peters: Pub. by Alfred: “A Major” Reading Study #3, Page 78 
    • Timpani: NEW BOOK FOR 2018! Fundamental Method for Tympani by Mitchell Peters, Pub. by Alfred: Etude #44, p. 175. 
    • Snare: Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters: Pub. by Try Publishing Company, Etude #15 (pp. 30-31).
    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 2018 READ CAREFULLY:
    Ornithology is from Charlie Parker (vol. 6); Satin Doll is from Maiden Voyage (Vol. 54); Milestones is from Miles Davis (Vol. 7); Peaceful Ideas, A Little Stop Time and Double Trouble are from Good Time! (vol. 114). All 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 Satin Doll 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 Ornithology 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 Milestones 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 Peaceful Ideas, comp for one chorus and improvise for 2 choruses
    • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to A Little Stop Time, comp for one chorus and improvise for two choruses
    • With the play- along, record the head to Satin Doll 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 Peaceful Ideas, comp for one chorus and improvise for 2 choruses
    • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to A Little Stop Time, 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 Peaceful Ideas
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – right channel), play two choruses of A Little Stop Time
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – right channel), play two choruses of Double Trouble
    DRUMS:
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – left channel), play two choruses of Peaceful Ideas
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – left channel), play two choruses of A Little Stop Time
    • With the play-along (use CD #4 – left channel), play two choruses of Double Trouble
    • 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).