Welcome to the OkMEA Treble Chorus and Mixed Chorus page!

OkMEA will be using Opus Event for online auditions and adjudication for the 2020-2021 school year.

The in-person OkMEA High School All-State festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Treble and Mixed Chorus will have a virtual All-State experience in January
for those students who audition for and make the ensembles.


OkMEA has only one audition process for both the Mixed and Treble Choruses. Every interested student auditions for the Mixed Chorus. The committee will place singers after the final round.

Below is a link to the updated Rules and Regulations for the Choral Division. Wording changes (i.e. replacing CD with track, etc.) are notated in red. Items in purple are rule changes implemented by the OkMEA Executive Board. If you would like a copy of previous Chorus RPP to compare, please email the Choral VP.

Rules and Regulations for Mixed Chorus and Treble Chorus (Revised 2018)

Mixed Chorus Repertoire List (through 2020)

Treble Chorus Repertoire List (through 2020)

Choral Business Meeting (January 2020)

The OkMEA Executive Board voted to allow choral students to audition on non-traditional voice parts (for example: a boy auditioning as an alto) as long as the student consistently sings that voice part in their school’s choral organization. If you have a student auditioning on a non-traditional voice part, you will need to complete the following steps:
  • Fill out a Non-Traditional Voice Part Registration Form for each student
  • Inform Lacy West, Mixed Chorus Chair, by email of the non-traditional voice part selection.
  • Scan your form and email to to Lacy West as an attachment or deliver it to your Quad Chair at the first round audition site.

Completed forms must be received before the student attempts the first round audition.

If you have further questions, contact either:

Audition Dates

Second Round (Nov 11-22):
Cuts Placed in OKCDA Google Folder
– November 11, 2020 (midnight)
Online Auditions Open
– November 12, 2020
Online Auditions Close
– November 19, 2020 (midnight)
Second Round Judging (online)
– November 21, 2020
First Round Results Released
– November 22, 2020

Recording Window

  1. The recording window is open from November 12-19 at 11:59pm.
    • Space out your auditions throughout the window.
    • DO NOT wait until the last day to record your students.
  2. The cut tracks will be placed in your OkCDA Google Drive folder on November 11.
    • Download the cut tracks to the device you plan to use as the external device during auditions.
      • Do not play the cut tracks from your Google Drive folder because internet connectivity could create a problem during the audition process.

    It will be your responsibility to share the cut tracks with your students who need to audition at home.

Disqualification

I understand that any violation of the integrity of the recorded auditions could be grounds for disqualification. Those violations include, but are not limited to:

  1. The presence of any digital sound enhancement that could be deemed as giving an advantage over the live audition process. This includes, but is not limited to–reverb, auto tune/pitch correction, and click tracks.
  2. Any instrument/device/voice recorded other than the student auditioning. The student and teacher must not speak during the recording.
  3. The stopping and/or re-starting of the audition accompaniment track at any time during the recording.
  4. The recording of the incorrect song in a specific spot (ex: recording song 1 in the song 2 spot).

**If outside noises are heard during the recording, it will not lead to disqualification as long as the student’s audition and accompaniment track can be heard clearly by the judges for scoring. Outside noises include:

  • Students talking outside of the classroom
  • Intercom announcements
  • School bells
  • Other extraneous noises that cannot be stopped by the teacher prior to recording

Please listen to all recordings to ensure there are no issues. 
If there is an issue, contact your Event Administrator.

Proctoring Recordings

Choral directors should proctor all auditions unless a student is sick, is quarantined, or is enrolled 100% virtually.

If a student falls into the three categories mentioned above, the director will send the student an audition link to complete the process at home. Students MUST have a computer to record their audition–it does not work on phones or tablets.

  1. Go the list of applications for your location.
  2. Select the student who needs to audition at home by checking the box to the left of their application.
  3. Click E-mail Audition Link to Selected.. located above the E-mail column.
  4. Write an email to your students (example language below).
  5. Check your entries to ensure students have completed their auditions before the window closes.

Hello OkMEA All-State Auditioner!

Included in this email is the audition link for you to complete your All-State audition.  You MUST record your audition from a computer – you CANNOT use your phone or tablet.  Be sure that you test your recording equipment before you officially record your audition.

I will send you the cut tracks for your audition. Please download them to an external device (phone, tablet, or computer) to play during your audition. Please keep these tracks to yourself – do not pass it along to your friends who will be auditioning in person.  Giving this information to others places you at a significant disadvantage. 

A student tutorial video is available on the OkMEA Opus Tutorials page – be sure to watch it before your record your audition. Click the audition link in this email to complete your recordings. You will verify your access by entering your email address and the last name of your teacher.

When you have completed your recordings, please email me to let me know that you have finished. All recordings must be submitted by 11:59pm on November 5 – no exceptions.

Good luck and please contact me if you have any questions during the recording process.

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Testing Equipment

  1. Test all of your equipment
  2. Ready your external device by downloading the cut tracks from your Google Drive folder
  3. Test the balance of the microphone and cut track (make sure you can clearly hear the cut track)
    • Mic placement and physical space will have a significant effect on sound quality
    • Recording location and equipment are up to each director 
    • Reference the Microphone Considerations put together by the All-State Band Committee for tips and ideas
  4. If possible, use a hard-wired internet connection so that WIFI connectivity issues do not interfere with the audition process

Audition Process

  1. First Song – record the first song by selecting Live Record next to the song.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes playing the first song, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  2. Second Song – record the second song by selecting Live Record next to the song.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes the second song, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  3. Third Song – record the third song by selecting Live Record next to the song.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes the third song, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
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Please listen to all recordings to ensure there are no issues. 
If there is an issue, contact your Event Administrator.

When you are finished, click Save and Close on the student application to submit the recordings for screening.

Audition Selections

Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound – G.F. Handel
From Samson
Edited by Patrick M. Liebergen
SATB
With piano, 2 trumpets and timpani
Alfred Publishers 00-16207

Kyrie – Tomás Luis de Victoria
From Requiem Officium defunctorum
SSATTB
Download the PDF

Die Onse Vader – Zander Fick
SSAATTBB
Walton Music WW1593

Great God Almighty – Arr. Stacey Gibbs
SSAATTBB
Gentry Publications 00119083

Non-Audition Selections

The Bartered Bride, Opening Chorus – Ed. Ellsworth
SATB
With piano
Boosey and Hawkes M051484188

Tuba – Arr. Michael J. Barrett
SATB
With two djembes
Walton Music WW1700

San’bonani/Nahmla Kudibee – Arr. Michael J. Barrett
SATB
With two djembes
Santa Barbara SBMP 1422
**Please note:
Tuba and Nahmla Kudibene will go together. The chorus will only learn Tuba and Nahmla, San’bonani will be omitted.

Grace Before Sleep – Susan LaBarr
SSAATTBB
Santa Barbara SBMP 1055

Treble Chorus Repertoire

Dominus Vobiscum – Jacob Naverud
Carl Fischer CM 9389

Moon Goddess – Jocelyn Hagen
Jocelyn Hagen JH-C020

Notes Pertaining to the OkMEA All State Mixed Chorus Audition Pieces

Die Onse Vader
Soprano Parts
– Where there are 4 notes, parts will split S1a/S1b and S2a/S2b.
– Where there are 3 notes, parts will split S1a/S1b and S2.
–  Measures affected – m. 28-29; m. 52; m. 59-62
– In the rehearsal track, measure 60,  BOTH S2a/S2b parts are played simultaneously.

Tenor Parts
– Where there are 3 notes, parts will split T1 and T2a/T2b
– Measures affected – m. 35-36
– In the rehearsal track, measures 35-36, BOTH T2a/T2b parts are played simultaneously.

Bass Parts
– Where there are 3 notes, parts will split B1a/B1b and B2.
– Measures affected – m. 29; m. 55
– In m. 29, the Db in parentheses will be optional for Bass 2, however, the rehearsal track is only playing the low Db for the Bass 2 part

Great God Almighty
Bass Parts
– In the rehearsal track, last measure, BOTH B2a/B2b parts are played simultaneously.
**Students may sing the a/b part of their choice, but must sing that part throughout the song.

Lacy West, All-State Mixed Chorus Chair

7710 SW Crystal Hills Place
Lawton, OK 73505
(580) 560-0522
*Texts are accepted
[email protected]

 

Stephanie Keegan-Moring, All-State Treble Chorus Chair

6708 NW 109th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73162
(405) 606-5630
*Texts are accepted
[email protected]