Welcome to the OkMEA Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony 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 Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will have a virtual All-State experience in January
for those students who audition for and make the ensembles.

Click here to download Microphone Considerations for Auditions

Click here to access the cuts for First Round Auditions (available on October 25)


Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony Repertoire (through 2020)

Student 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.

District Information

There are 10 districts for First Round auditions. 
When you create your profile in Opus, you will select your district event(s) to register your students.
If your student(s) passes on to Second Round, their application will automatically be transferred to the new event.

District Site Locations
District Audition Guidelines
Percussion Audition Procedures

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 
(If you are not participating in an OkMEA 
event, you do not have to link your membership)

*You can enter students at the DISTRICT level
without linking a 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 your District 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”

*You will need to add your location to each of the events in Opus that you audition students.

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Applications

1. In your school location, click New Application
2. Under Category, select “Band”
3. Under Voice Part, select instrument
4. Fill out the following information:
– Student name and email
– Parent name and email
– Grade
– HS ONLY – If they want to be considered for All-State and how many years they have participated in the past
– If the student is auditioning on more than one instrument and their preference (highest chair, specific instrument, specific ensemble, etc.)
– HS ONLY  – If the student is auditioning for more than one OkMEA ensemble 
– HS ONLY – 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 four part process:

PART 1 – Upload District Payment
1. In your District Event 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 your District.

*Payments MUST be postmarked by the posted deadlines

Payment

PART 3 – Upload All-State Payment
1. Once your receive confirmation that your All-State applications have been copied to the All-State event, upload your All-State payment.
2. In your All-State Event 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 4 – 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 the OkMEA Office

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

*Payments MUST be postmarked by the posted deadlines

Audition Dates

First Round – Districts (Oct 23-Nov 8):
Post Cuts
– October 23, 2020
Online Auditions Open
– October 23, 2020
Online Auditions Close
– November 5, 2020 (midnight)
District/First Round Judging (online)
– November 7, 2020
First Round Results Released
– November 8, 2020

*Second Round Etudes posted on Oct 9

Second Round (Nov 9-Dec 5):
Post Cuts
– November 9, 2020
Online Auditions Open
– November 9, 2020
Online Auditions Close
– November 19, 2020 (midnight)
Second Round Judging (online)
PRELIMS ONLY
– November 21, 2020
Second Round Judging (online)
FINALS
– December 5, 2020
Results Released
– December 6, 2020

Deadlines and Fees

First Deadline – October 10, 2020
– $15.00 per entry
Second Deadline – October 17, 2020
– $45.00 per entry
Emergency Deadline – October 21, 2020
– $100.00 per entry

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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: MS/JH Flute)
– Click “Start Exercise” and then 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 for recording. If using an external device, DO NOT add effects to the recording.

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Audition Materials

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.

First Round Etudes
Audition Etude Book Covers
Scale Sets (all instruments)
*Scales do not have to memorized.

Second Round Etudes will be
available October 9

Other Important Information

Scales

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Metronome Markings

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.

Be Involved

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.

NAfME Card

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.

Jenn Kauffman, All-State Wind Symphony Chair

4624 Riata Circle
Tuttle, OK 73089
(405) 210-1946
*Texts are accepted
[email protected]org

Mark Henderson, All-State Symphonic Band Chair

1705 N 12th Street
Perry, OK 73077
(918) 639-2953
*Texts are accepted
[email protected]