Ohio Music Education Association 2015 All-State Ensembles

Ohio Music Education Association 2015 All-State Ensembles

All-State Ensembles

Coordinators – Jason Branch & Frank Cosenza 

Band Chair – Jesse Leyva

Choir Chair – Lisa Manning

Jazz Ensemble Chair – Robert Hoefler

Orchestra Chair – Douglas Bayda

Please thoroughly read the following directions before continuing with your application. OMEA members will want to encourage and assist their finest students in the application process described below. 

OMEA continues the use of online applications for the 2015 All-State Ensembles.  Please be aware the online application does not change how recordings are made, only how applications and recordings are submitted. 

Applications submitted through the postal service will not be considered!


Student Eligibility for All-State Membership

All public and private school applicants now in grades 8–11 must be members in good standing of their own school ensembles and remain in good standing for the 2014-2015 school year.

The only exception to this is as follows:

  • A string, wind, or percussion student who is enrolled in a school without an orchestra would be eligible for membership in the Region or All-State Orchestra with the recommendation of a current OMEA member on the school music staff.
  • Home-schooled applicants may participate in All-State if their private lesson teacher is an OMEA member and their parent or guardian sign the acceptance contract as the school administrator.

 

Multiple Ensemble Application and Selection

Students may audition for up to two groups. Please indicate on the application which group is your first choice in the event you are selected for two ensembles. Reminder: Separate recordings and applications are needed for Jazz, Choir and Band/Orchestra (only one application & recording for band/orchestra). Concert Band Applicants are also encouraged to apply for Orchestra. Students can participate in only one ensemble.    

Application Timeline

March 1: Application and audition material available.

May 31: Deadline for all applications to be submitted. Please carefully note the specific etude and performance requirements.

August 31: 
Notification of results to applicants and directors.

September 30: 
Due date for acceptance form and membership fee of $250 (includes hotel lodging and 5 meals).  All participants must stay in the All-State housing hotel (4 people to each room).

 

Items Needed to Apply:

1. Student and Parent e-mail addresses.

2. Digital recordings of required etudes/solos/scales/warm-up (as listed below)

3. Your director’s contact information

4. Your director’s 9-digit NAfME identification number

5. A credit card for the $10 application fee (paid to Acceptd) 

Application Process (for all applicants except strings; see Orchestra Requirements below)

Some applicants have encountered delays when using the Internet browser 'Internet Explorer'.  You may want to try 'Google Chrome' or another similar Internet browser. 

***Please note that the Profile should be in the student's name. Directors are welcome to assist students in setting up their profile.*** 

1. Under ‘PROGRAM GROUP’ select the ensemble for which you are applying.

2. Under ‘PROGRAM’ select your instrument or voice part.

3. Answer all of the questions; please note a headshot is NOT required.

4. Upload clearly named audio recordings. Recordings must begin with the student announcing their name and instrument or voice part. Wind/percussion applicants for Band and/or Orchestra need submit only one recording to be considered for both groups. Concert Band applicants are also encouraged to apply for consideration in Orchestra.

5. Recordings of individual selections should NOT be edited or spliced, but rather performed continuously. Adjudicators are more interested in hearing an honest performance than a flawless one. 



6. Attention should be given to the quality of the recording. Soloists should be more prominent than the accompaniment (if used), and the site of the recording should be as soundproof as possible.

7. Directors are urged to review application information and recordings before submission. 



8. As of March 1, 2013, OMEA is using a third-party provider, Acceptd LLC, for administering the online All-State application. For this service, the final step of the application includes a $10 application fee, paid by credit or debit card. OMEA will not receive this money.

9. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and receipt.

10. Failure to meet deadlines or follow application instructions may result in rejection of applications.

11. Evaluation proceedings are confidential and final.

12. Alternates will be selected for each ensemble and used to fill positions as needed.

Questions regarding the 2015 All-State Ensembles should be directed to All-State Coordinators: Jason Branch & Frank Cosenza at: allstate@omea-ohio.org

 

Ensemble Requirements:

Choir Recording Requirements:

Each student (after announcing name and voice part) should record a vocalization (any vocal warm-up exercise) of the student’s choice that best demonstrates the extent of his/her range from bottom to top. Next, record a solo from the OMEA Class “A” or “B” list.

Jazz Ensemble Requirements:

 “Scrapple From the Apple” is from Charlie Parker (vol. 6); “Autumn Leaves” is from Maiden Voyage (vol. 54)  “Milestones” is from Miles Davis (vol. 7), and ”Peaceful Ideas”, “Double Trouble” and “A Little Stop Time” are from Good Time! (vol. 114).  All four are Jamey Aebersold Publications.

All Winds:

  • Perform a chromatic scale evenly up and down, to demonstrate range. 
  • With the play- along, record the head to “Autumn Leaves” and improvise 2 choruses (improvisation required for a solo chair, recommended but not required for other chairs)

Saxes: 

  • With the play along, record the head to “Scrapple From the Apple” and improvise two choruses (improvisation required for a solo chair, recommended but not required for other chairs)

Brass: 

  • With the play along, record the head to ”Milestones (old)” and improvise two choruses (improvisation required for a solo chair, recommended but not required for other chairs)
  • If you wish to be considered for the lead trumpet player, include a recording of you performing a swing chart with your home jazz ensemble.

Piano, Guitar:

  • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to  “Peaceful Ideas’”, comp for one chorus and improvise for 2 choruses
  • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to “A Little Stop Time”, comp for one chorus and improvise for two choruses

Vibes:

  • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to  “Peaceful Ideas’”, comp for one chorus and improvise for 2 choruses
  • With the play-along (use CD #1), record the head to “A Little Stop Time”, comp for one chorus and improvise for two choruses
  • With the play along, record the head to “Scrapple From the Apple”

Bass:

  • With the play-along (use CD #4 – right channel), play two choruses of “Peaceful Ideas”
  • With the play-along (use CD #4 – right channel), play two choruses of “A Little Stop Time”
  • With the play-along (use CD #4 – right channel), play two choruses of “Double Trouble”, medium version, track 9

Drums:

  • With the play-along (use CD #4 – left channel), play two choruses of “Peaceful Ideas”
  • With the play-along (use CD #4 – left channel), play two choruses of  “A Little Stop Time”
  • With the play-along (use CD #4 – left channel), play two choruses of “Double Trouble”
  • Include a recording of you performing a swing chart with your home jazz ensemble. This swing chart must incorporate at least a brief drum solo (4 or more measures)

Orchestra Requirements:

All-State strings are selected through Region Orchestra participation. Winds and percussionists follow the Band instruction process listed below, submitting one recording and one application to be considered for either or both groups. If applying for both, be certain to indicate first and second choice on application.

Band Recording Requirements:

Each student (after first announcing name and instrument) will next record all required Etudes as listed below and next record a solo from the OMEA Class “A” or “B” list. Note that percussionists are required to record all three etudes (snare, timpani and mallet), then record a solo (OMEA Class “A” or “B”) on a keyboard instrument. See details below: 

REQUIRED ETUDES (NEW FOR 2015, NOT THE SAME AS ANY PREVIOUS YEAR):

Flute: Selected Studies for Flute by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 8 and p. 56

Oboe: Selected Studies for Oboe by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 12 and p. 34 (only)

Clarinet Bb/Eb: Selected Studies for Clarinet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 28 and p. 40

Bass Clarinet: Advances Studies from the Works of J. Weissenborn: arr. Rhoades: Pub. by Southern, #16 (p. 12) and #17 (p. 13)

Bassoon: Method for Bassoon by J. Weissenborn, Catalogue #CU96, #21 (p. 129), #30 (p. 136)

Saxophone: Selected Studies for Saxophone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 12 and p. 38

Trumpet: Selected Studies for Trumpet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 27 and p. 46

French Horn: Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work by Pottag: Pub. by Belwin, #32 (p. 12), #41(p. 16), #72 (p. 29)

Trombone and Euphonium: Selected Studies for Trombone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 7 and p. 50

         All Euphoniums, both treble and bass clef, must play the trombone etudes. These may be rewritten into treble clef if desired.  The Concert Key (Sounding Pitch) must be maintained.

Bass Trombone: 24 Studies for Bass Trombone by Grigoriev/Ostrander: Pub. by International Music: #4 (p. 5) and #19 (p. 21)

         NOTE: In order to audition for this position, players must use an instrument with the minimum equipment of an “F” attachment and a .525 or larger bore size.

Tuba: 70 Studies for BB flat Tuba by Blazevich, Vol. No. 1: Pub. by Robert King, #18 (p. 17) and #25 (p. 24)

If selected for participation, All-State Tuba Players are expected to use/borrow an upright tuba as opposed to a bell-front tuba or sousaphone.

Percussion: All players will audition using all three of the following instruments:

Keyboard: Can be played on xylophone or marimba - NEW BOOK for 2015 - Fundamental Method for Mallets, Book 1 by Mitchell Peters: Pub. By Alfred, A Minor Reading Study #2, pages 64-65

Timpani: The Solo Timpanist by Vic Furth: Pub. By Carl Fischer, Etude XI (p. 23)

Snare: NEW BOOK for 2015 – Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters: Pub. By Try Publishing Company, Etude #5, pages 10-11

NEW PERCUSSION REQUIREMENT FOR 2015: The required Class A or B Solo must be performed on a keyboard instrument. It can be performed on xylophone, vibraphone or marimba using two or four mallets; accompanied or unaccompanied is acceptable.