Welcome to the OkMEA Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony page!
Many changes were discussed at our January Business Meeting.
The minutes are linked below and all changes are outlined in detail below.
Do not hesitate to contact Jenn Kauffman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Students must be a member in good standing of their high school music organization. They have to attend all rehearsals and performances of their OkMEA All-State organization and abide by the Rules of Conduct. Students must be eligible academically under OSSAA guidelines at the time of auditions and at the time of the festival.
Deadlines and Fees
First Deadline – September 19, 2020
– $15.00 per entry
Second Deadline – September 26, 2020
– $45.00 per entry
Emergency Deadline – Contact Band VP
– $100.00 per entry
First Round – Saturday, November 7
Second Round – Saturday, December 5
*Contingency Date – Saturday, December 12
The bad weather contingency date (December 12) is only invoked by the OkMEA President. All students must audition on December 5 unless that audition date is cancelled.
Students should be prepared to play any of the etude, and sight read for district auditions. Scales will no longer be a required part of the district level audition. Students who audition in a finals only room will play scales, etudes, and sight-reading at the All-State audition. Scales do not have to be memorized. Students auditioning in a prelim room will play their required etudes and scales in the preliminary audition. If they advance to finals, they will only perform the etudes and sight-reading for their final All-State audition.
Online Entry Form
Please remember to fill in all areas of the registration form, including the complete contact information and primary instrument for yourself and all directors from your school. This information is vital when scheduling judges/monitors.
Online Entry Form
Emergency Entry Form – After September 28
Please download the Emergency Application, complete all information, and email a copy to the Wind Symphony Chair and Band Vice President. Print a completed copy to bring with emergency audition fees to the audition site and deliver directly to your District Site Chair.
Download the Emergency Audition Application
Other Important Information
- Scales will no longer be a required part of the district level audition. The scale requirement has been moved to December auditions. Scales do not have to be memorized. Students who audition in a finals only room will play scales, prepared etudes, and sight-reading during the course of their audition. Students auditioning in a prelim room will play their required etude cuts and scales in the preliminary audition. If they advance to finals, they will only perform the required etude cuts and sight-reading in their finals audition.
- Scales will now be titled using INSTRUMENT KEY rather than concert pitch. Please refer to the OkMEA website for PDF files of the current scale set for each instrument.
This change does not mean an individual district may not include scales as part of their audition process. They can include scales but it can have no bearing on whether a student does or does not advance to the December auditions. Please make this item a part of the discussion at your district’s fall business meeting.
The membership approved a motion to remove the “suggested” metronome markings for each etude. The All-State Committee will, if needed, provide guidance, particularly in the case of compound meters.
Please make plans now for both you and your staff to be available to serve in one of the over 300 roles that must be filled to facilitate a quality and rewarding audition process. It is not only the right thing to do, but is our professional responsibility.
You will be required to provide your NAfME card at both the district and final auditions. This verifies your current active membership in the organization. You may not simply provide your membership number as proof of compliance. Please request replacements for lost or misplaced cards and/or correct any lapse in membership so your students can be permitted to audition.