Welcome to the OkMEA Orchestra 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 Jazz Ensemble will have a virtual All-State experience in January
for those students who audition for and make the ensemble.

Click to view Microphone Considerations for Auditions

Click here to read the OkMEA All-State Orchestra Audition Policies and Information

Audition Dates

Excerpts Released:
– October 12, 2020

Orchestra (Nov 11-Dec 6):
Post Cuts
– November 11, 2020
Online Auditions Open
– November 11, 2020
Online Auditions Close
– November 19, 2020 (midnight)
Prelims Judging (online)

– November 21, 2020
Finals Judging (online)

– December 5, 2020
Results Released
– December 6, 2020

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Audition Materials

Students will only record one audition for both prelims and finals for auditions. They will play their scales, etudes, excerpts and sight-read during that audition recording.

Recording Window

  • The recording window is open from November 11-19 at 11:59pm.
    • Space out your auditions throughout the window.
    • DO NOT wait until the last day to record your students.
  • You may access the cuts on the All-State Orchestra Cuts page.
    • The password to access this page is found in OPUS
    • Do NOT share this information with your students unless they are auditioning at home.

Disqualification

Students will be DISQUALIFIED for the following reasons:

  1. If the recording includes any added effects. This includes, but is not limited to, reverb, auto-tuning, and/or any other sound enhancing effect.
  2. If the student speaks during the recording process.
  3. If the teacher speaks during the recording process.
  4. If the student takes longer than 5 seconds to begin recording their sight-reading once the prep period has expired.

**If outside noises are heard during the recording, it will not lead to disqualification as long as the student’s audition can be heard 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

Deadlines and Fees

Orchestra 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
  5. Check your entries to ensure students have completed their auditions before the window closes.

Deadlines and Fees

  1. Test all of your equipment
  2. Test microphone/recording levels of each instrument
    • 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 Orchestra Committee for tips and ideas
    • Please use a middle of the road microphone
    • Higher quality microphones produce a large recording file that has to be compressed to .mp3 and sometimes the conversion causes problems when uploaded after recording
  3. If possible, use a hard-wired internet connection so that WIFI connectivity issues do not interfere with the audition process

Audition Process

  1. The morning the audition window opens on November 11th, please notify your students that the cuts will be posted on the All-State Orchestra Cuts page. 
  2. Scale – record the scale by selecting Live Record next to the scale.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes playing the scale, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  3. Etude – record the etude by selecting Live Record next to the etude.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes the etude, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  4. Excerpt #1 – record the excerpt by selecting Live Record next to the excerpt.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes the excerpt, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  5. Repeat this process for the other two excerpt recordings.
  6. Sight-Reading – begin the sight-reading process by clicking Sight Read
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • The sight reading example will load on the screen and the 30 second preview timer will begin
    • The sight reading recording will also begin automatically
    • The student has 30 seconds to study the sight reading exercise
      • The student may not speak, sing, or play during the preview time
    • Once the 30 seconds ends, the student must immediately begin playing the exercise
    • Once the student finishes the sight-reading, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording

Audition Material

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

Scales

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:
Ascending: CDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABC
Descending: BAGFEDCBAGFEDCBAGFEDC

Bass Example:
Ascending: CDEFGABCDEFGABC
Descending: BAGFEDCBAGFEDC

Etudes

Violin
42 Studies or Caprices by Kreutzer
Schirmer Edition (Singer)
#30, pp 48-49; Quarter note = 88
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.

Viola
31 Selected Studies by Fiorillo
Edited by Joesph Vieland
Etude #26; Quarter note = 95
Starting at the Moderato on pp 34-35
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.

Cello
170 Foundation Studies, Vol. 2 by Schroeder
Carl Fischer Edition (02470)
#107, pp 44-45; Quarter note = 88
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.
**Line 6, m. 1 and 5 are to be played in IV position

Double Bass
57 Studies in Two Volumes for String Bass, Vol. 1
by Storch-Hrabe
Edited by Zimmerman (International 1034)
#13; pp 12-13; Quarter note = 88
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.

Excerpts

We will distribute audition excerpts from the OkMEA All-State music to directors at the OkMEA Fall In-Service Conference in October. Excerpts will be mailed on the following Monday to all directors not attending this meeting.

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.

Special Instructions

The student must follow the scale pattern indicated above. In addition, the student must follow the printed fingerings and bowings indicated in the specific edition of the etude(s). If the student uses an alternate scale pattern, etude fingering, or bowing during the audition, the judges will deduct points.

Students DO NOT need to purchase original parts for excerpts. Students DO need an original etude book at the audition, but they may play off of the distributed copies of excerpts.

Directors

DIRECTORS: Please note that all directors who have students participating in the auditions are required to participate in the adjudication process. 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.

Jeremy Scott, All-State Orchestra Chair

11801 Monarch Pass 
Oklahoma City, OK 73162
(405) 637-6550
[email protected]