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Attn: Orchestra
PO Box 886
Muskogee, OK, 74402

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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 14, 2024
– $20.00 per student
Second Deadline – September 21, 2024
– $45.00 per student
Emergency Deadline – October 13, 2024
– $100.00 per student

Audition Dates

Release Excerpts
September 23 – Posted on the OkMEA website

Post Prelim Cuts
October 13

First Round Audition
October 14-25 – Record First Round on OPUS
October 26 – Judge First Round Auditions

Second Round Audition
December 7 – Final Round Auditions
Live auditions at West Moore HS

December 14 – Weather Contingency Date
*Finals only

Audition Material

The string audition material will consist of four parts:
1. Scale
2. Etude
3. Orchestral Excerpts
4. Sight-Reading


Prepare all major scales, memorized, 3 octaves, slur two quarter notes (quarter note = 90) in the following format: each note is played once ascending and once descending with the top note not repeated. Note: Double Bass will play only two-octave scales. The use or nonuse of vibrato on the scale will not add or subtract points.

Violin, Viola, Cello Example:

Bass Example:


42 Studies or Caprices by Kreutzer
Schirmer Edition (Singer)
#31; Quarter Note = 76 bpm, top notes only
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.

31 Selected Studies by Fiorillo
Edited by Joesph Vieland
Etude #9; Quarter note = 100 bpm, no grace notes
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.

170 Foundation Studies, Vol. 2 by Schroeder
Carl Fischer Edition (02470)
#90; Quarter note = 124 bpm
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.

Double Bass
57 Studies in Two Volumes for String Bass, Vol. 1
by Storch-Hrabe
Edited by Zimmerman (International 1034)
pp. 25-26
#25: Maestoso; Quarter Note = 72 bpm
Tempo di Valse Quarter Note = 130 bpm

*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.


Excerpts will be released on the OkMEA website on September 23. A prelim excerpt will be identified and the rest will be potential Final Round excerpts.

Sight Reading

Sight-reading is required at the audition. Each student will be given a thirty-second study period, during which they may shadow-bow or finger their instruments, but may not make any noise. Points may be deducted, or the student may be disqualified for excessive finger-tapping.

DIRECTORS: Please note that all directors who have students participating in the auditions are required to be at the audition and either adjudicate, monitor, or assist as needed. If you know of any string specialists new to our state that would be willing to help with the auditions please email the Orchestra Chair.

Kim Banz, All-State Orchestra Chair