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

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Eligibility

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.

If a student is enrolled virtually in an OSSAA sanctioned school but unable to participate in virtual instruction due to school restrictions, they can audition for All-State. Students enrolled virtually in non-OSSAA sanctioned schools are not allowed to audition.

Opus Profile

1. Go to Opus Event – Auditions
2. Click “Create an account.”
3. Enter your name, email, and password
4. A pin will be sent to your email address
(be sure to check junk/spam folders)
5. Enter your pin
6. Enter your information
7. Link your NAfME membership

*You will not be allowed to access OkMEA
events without linking your membership

*If your membership expires during the 
process, you will be locked out of the system

Adding Locations

1. Find the Orchestra event in Opus
2. Click “Add Location”
3. Find your school in the list and click “continue”
4. If your school is not in the system, click “Add New Location”
5. Fill out the information and click “continue”

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Applications

1. In your school location, click New Application
2. Under Category, select “Orchestra”
3. Under Instrument, select instrument
4. Fill out the following information:
– Student name and email
– Parent name and email
– Grade and number of years in All-State
– If the student is auditioning on more than one instrument
– Preference if selected for more than one (highest chair, specific instrument, etc.)
– If the student is auditioning for more than one OkMEA ensemble
– Ensemble preference if selected for more than one ensemble
5. Click “Save and Close”
6. Continue this process for each new student application

Payment

This is two part process:

PART 1 – Upload Payment
1. In your location, click New Application
2. Under Category, click “Payment”
3. Under Payment Method, click “Purchase Order” or “Check”
4. Fill out the necessary information
5. Click “Save and Close”
6. On your teacher profile, click the payment application you just completed
7. Scroll to the bottom and click Upload next to “Upload Purchase Order” or “Upload Check”
(The upload must be a Doc, Docx, or PDF)
8. Upload your form of payment

*If you end up needing to enter more students later, you will repeat this process with your second form of payment

PART 2 – Mail Invoice and Payment
1. Once you upload your payment, immediately print your OPUS invoice from your teacher profile
2. Mail your OPUS invoice with form of payment to:

OkMEA Office
All-State Orchestra Auditions
PO Box 886
Muskogee, OK 74402

*Payments MUST be postmarked by the posted deadlines

Deadlines and Fees

First Deadline – October 10, 2020
– $15.00 per student
Second Deadline – October 17, 2020
– $45.00 per student
Emergency Deadline – November 9, 2020
– $100.00 per student

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Testing Equipment

1. You may test your audio equipment any time using the test feature on Opus.
2. On the right of your teacher profile, you will see “Test Audio Recording”
3. To test your audio equipment, click “Test Live”
– Your student can record a scale or a portion of an etude to test the equipment
– You will be able to playback the recording to determine if adjustments need to be made
4. To test sight reading, click “Test Sight Reading”
– You will select the test sight-reading you would like to see (ex: Cello)
– Click “Start Exercise” and the sight reading exercise will appear.
– In the right-hand corner, a timer counts down the 30 second study period.
– When the right-hand corner starts counting down again, the student must record the sight reading excerpt.
– When finished, click “Finished Recording”

**Special note – The Band Committee recommends using a USB microphone and not your computer microphone.

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

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]