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 Second Round Auditions (available on November 9)

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


Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony Repertoire (through 2020)

Audition Dates

Second Round (Nov 9-Dec 6):
Cuts Posted on the OkMEA website 
– November 9
Online Auditions Open 
November 9
Online Auditions Close
– November 19, 2020 (midnight)
Second Round Judging (Prelims ONLY)
– November 21, 2020
Second Round Judging (FINALS)
– 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 2nd round auditions. They will play their scales, etudes, and sight-read during that audition recording.

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

Second Round Etudes

Recording Window

  1. The recording window is open from November 9-19 at 11:59pm.
    • Space out your auditions throughout the window.
    • DO NOT wait until the last day to record your students.
  2. You may access the cuts on the All-State Band 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

Proctoring Recordings

Band 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.

Testing Equipment

  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 Band Committee for tips and ideas
  3. If possible, use a hard-wired internet connection so that WIFI connectivity issues do not interfere with the audition process

Audition Process for Winds

  1. Post cuts and allow students no more than 45 minutes to mark their cuts and warmup.
  2. Scale Set – record the scale set by selecting Sight Read
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • The scale set card will appear; the student has 30 seconds to organize their music to play
    • Begin playing once the 30 study timer expired
  3. First Etude – record the first etude by selecting Live Record next to the etude.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes playing the first etude, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  4. Second Etude – record the second etude by selecting Live Record next to the etude.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes the second etude, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  5. 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 should not speak, sing, or play during study 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 Process for Percussion

Snare:

  1. Post cuts and allow students no more than 45 minutes to mark their cuts and warmup.
  2. Etude – record the etude by selecting Live Record next to the etude.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes playing the etude, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  3. 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 should not speak, sing, or play during study 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

In a separate recording session or after the setup has been moved/adjusted, record Mallet auditions.


Mallet:

  1. Post cuts and allow students no more than 45 minutes to mark their cuts and warmup.
  2. 2 Mallet Etude – record the etude by selecting Live Record next to the etude.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes playing the 2 mallet etude, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  3. 4 Mallet Etude – record the etude by selecting Live Record next to the etude.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes playing the 4 mallet etude, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  4. 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 should not speak, sing, or play during study 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

In a separate recording session or after the setup has been moved/adjusted, record Timpani auditions:


Timpani:

  1. Post cuts and allow students no more than 45 minutes to mark their cuts and warmup.
  2. Timpani Etude – record the etude by selecting Live Record next to the etude.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes playing the etude, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording

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]

Mark Henderson, All-State Symphonic Band Chair

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