Auditions

2019 All-State Festival Audition Information

  1. Audition Day
    1. Location
    2. Date
    3. Snow Date
    4. Audition Times
    5. What to bring to auditions
  2. Audition Registration
    1. Registration Dates
    2. Registration Fees
    3. Registration website link (URL) = http://massmea.org/festival-reg Log in to Register Students
    4. Registration and Login Procedure
  3. Preparation for Auditions
    1. Audition List
    2. Concert Percussion
    3. Vocal Audition Tracks
    4. Sight Reading Guidelines
  4. Governing Documents
    1. All State Handbook and Seating Guide
    2. All State Medical Form
    3. Adjudication Sheets
    4. Instrument Scale Sheets


For Festival Registration information, see the All-State Festival & Concert > Festival Registration page.


A. Audition Day

Location: Shrewsbury HS (Directions)
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Snow Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

All State Audition Times -- January 26, 2019 -- Shrewsbury High School
The audition schedule by district is indicated in the following table. Note the time that corresponds to the name of your school and your geographic district. Home-schooled students may come at any time during their geographic district's audition times, or arrange a suitable time with Michael Lapomardo, the MMEA Auditions Coordinator, in advance. Contact Michael at mlapomardo@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.

Please note the following:

  1. Three schools will be randomly assigned from the first time block to audition at the start of auditions.
  2. Schools sending more than 20 students to auditions may be contacted to schedule a time to avoid congestion.
  3. Each school may ask for two special time requests. All requests must be made from their school director in advance. Requests from parents, students or private teachers will be declined.
  4. Any requests for changes to audition times must be submitted to Michael Lapomardo by January 4, 2019.
TIME SCHOOL DISTRICTS
8:15 AM Western District Schools A-M
9:00 AM Western District Schools N-Z
9:45 AM Eastern District Schools A-M
10:30 AM Eastern District Schools N-Z
11:15 AM Northeastern District Schools A-M
1:00 PM Northeastern District Schools N-Z
1:45 PM Southeastern District Schools A-M
2:30 PM Southeastern District Schools N-Z
3:15 PM Central District Schools A-M
4:00 PM Central District Schools N-Z

What to bring to Auditions

  1. The signed Medical Permission Form (link is below) for each student who is auditioning;
  2. The signed Principal Form for your school. (The Principal Form is accessible when you register your students for auditions.)
  3. Payment for the amount indicated on the Principal Form.

B. Audition Registration

Registration Dates
All State Audition Registration opens Monday, November 26, 2018
All State Audition Registration closes at midnight Friday, December 21.
Late registration: Begins at midnight on December 21 and will close at midnight on Friday, January 11, 2019.

Registration Fees
2019 All State Audition Student Registration Fee: $25.00
2019 All State Audition Student Late Registration Fee: $55.00 per student
2019 All State Festival Student Registration Fee: $325.00

Registration website link (URL)
Please use this link to register for All State Auditions: http://massmea.org/festival-reg.
For Festival Registration information and dates, please see the Festival Registration page.

Registration Login Procedure
In order to log in to register students for All-State auditions or the All-State Festival, your school's district code and password and your NAfME credentials are required, as follows:

  1. District Code: The username for each school is the District Code of your particular school - different for each High School. Just the District Code (4 digits) - the name of your school is not part of the username.
  2. Password: Unique to each school, and different from the password you use for District Auditions. If your school's contact person is the same as last year, you can retrieve your password using the "Forgotten Password" link on the registration page.
  3. NAfME ID: Your NAfME member number is required in order to log in.
  4. NAfME Primary Email address: This is the email address you gave to NAfME when you obtained or renewed your NAfME membership.

Please note: You can retrieve your NAfME credentials at any time by visiting http://www.nafme.org/find-your-account/.
Assistance: If you need assistance with your username/password, please email Rick Lueth, at rick.lueth@comcast.net.


C. Preparation for Auditions

Audition List
This version of the Audition List contains a change to the mallet percussion solo piece: Learn only measures 1-43 and measures 59-71.
2019 All State Audition List

Concert Percussion
2019 Percussion Excerpts B
Percussion requirements for 2019:

  1. The host site will provide timpani, mallet percussion, crash cymbals, tambourine, triangle, and bass drum. Please see the list below for instrument specifics.
  2. All snare solo applicants must bring their own snare drum.
  3. All percussion applicants must supply their own mallets/sticks.
  4. Each student will audition on their PRIMARY SOLO instrument from their DISTRICT audition.
  5. Students will be asked to sight read on their SOLO instrument.
  6. Students must prepare all four (4) auxiliary instruments for adjudication as written on the Percussion Excerpts page (see link above). It is to be performed as one complete exercise demonstrating transitions between instruments.
  7. Students will NOT be asked to perform ANY secondary repertoire as in past years.
  8. Students will NOT be asked to perform scales.

Board-approved changes:
Students will audition on their primary solo instrument from their district audition. The audition will include primary solo, sight-reading, and auxiliary. The percussion section will be filled according to percussion needs based on their primary instrument score, with the possibility that any accepted student may be asked to play auxiliary instruments at the discretion of the manager as based on the needs of the literature.

Shrewsbury High School will provide the following instruments for auditions. Students are encouraged to bring their own auxiliary instruments if they are more comfortable auditioning with them.

  1. Musser ProVibe - 3 octaves (for Jazz vibe players)
  2. Musser M300 Classic Grand Marimba - 4.3 octaves
  3. Ludwig Copper Timpani
  4. Pearl Maple Shell Snare - 6.5"
  5. Pearl Concert Bass - 36"
  6. Zildjian Symphonic Viennese Crash Cymbals - 20"
  7. Grover Concert Tambourine - SV Series
  8. Grover Super-Overtone Triangle - 6" Carbon steel with pro wood clip and SV beaters

All-State Vocal Audition Tracks
O Magnum Mysterium
Practice Tracks (mp3 format) == Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Bass | SATB
Audition Tracks (mp3 format) == Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Bass

Sight Reading Guidelines

Vocal:

  • 8 measures long
  • Major key (up to 4 flats/sharps)
  • May not be in the key of the solo
  • Rhythmic figures may include: whole/half/quarter/eighth/sixteenth notes, dotted figures, rests, ties, and triplets
  • Simple time signature: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4
  • Start and end on “do”
  • Includes dynamics and tempo marking
  • Combination of stepwise, skip, leap motions and possible simple accidentals not found within key signature

Percussion:

Snare

  • 8 measures long
  • Any time signature
  • Includes dynamics, articulations, rudiments, and tempo marking

Melodic

  • 8 measures long
  • Major key (up to 4 flats/sharps)
  • May not be in the key of the solo
  • Rhythmic figures may include: whole/half/quarter/eighth/sixteenth notes, dotted figures, rests, ties, and triplets
  • Any time signature
  • Includes dynamics, articulations, rudiments, and tempo marking

Timpani

  • 8 measures long
  • Major key (up to 4 flats/sharps)
  • May not be in the key of the solo
  • Rhythmic figures may include: whole/half/quarter/eighth/sixteenth notes, dotted figures, rests, ties, and triplets
  • Any time signature
  • Includes dynamics, articulations, rudiments, and tempo marking
  • May use up to three drums

Strings:

  • 8 measures long
  • Major key (up to 4 flats/sharps)
  • May not be in the key of the solo
  • Rhythmic figures may include: whole/half/quarter/eighth/sixteenth notes, dotted figures, rests, ties, and triplets
  • Any time signature
  • Includes dynamics, articulations, slurs, bowings, and tempo marking

Concert Winds:

  • 8 measures long
  • Major key (up to 4 flats/sharps)
  • May not be in the key of the solo
  • Rhythmic figures may include: whole/half/quarter/eighth/sixteenth notes, dotted figures, rests, ties, and triplets
  • Any time signature
  • Includes dynamics, articulations, slurs, and tempo marking

Jazz:

  • 8 – 16 measures long
  • Key signature up to 4 flats/sharps
  • May not be in the key of the solo
  • Rhythmic figures may include: whole/half/quarter/eighth/sixteenth notes, dotted figures, rests, ties, and triplets
  • Any time signature
  • Includes dynamics, articulations, slurs, and tempo marking

Harp:

  • Will read a section from concert repertoire when applicable

D. Governing Documents

All State Handbook and Seating Guide:
2019 All State Handbook, v5.1
All State Seating Guide

All State Medical Form:
2019 All State Medical Form

Audition Adjudication Forms
Revised Percussion forms will be posted later in the summer.
Forms updated July 2017
Choral Audition Form
Instrumental Audition Forms
Jazz Audition Forms

Instrument Scale Sheets

Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bass Clarinet | Bassoon | Alto Sax | Tenor Sax | Baritone Sax
Trumpet | French Horn | Trombone | Bass Trombone | Euphonium TC | Euphonium BC | Tuba

Jazz Alto Sax | Jazz Tenor Sax | Jazz Baritone Sax | Jazz Trumpet | Jazz Trombone | Jazz Bass Trombone
Jazz Piano | Jazz Guitar | Jazz Vibe | Jazz Bass (11/18)

Harp | Harp Arpeggio
Violin | Viola (6/17) | Cello (6/17) | String Bass (11/18)

Vocal Scales





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