All-State Audition Information – 2017

2017 All-State Music Festival Information


Registration Deadline: September 7, 2017
Penalty Deadline: September 14, 2017
Audition Dates: October 21, 2017 – Vocal, Woodwind, Brass, String, Percussion;
October 25, 2017 – Piano
Festival: November 16-18, 2017

All-State Auditions Site Assignments

Selection of the Band

Selection of the Orchestra

Selection of the Chorus

Selection of the Pianist

  • All-State Registration-Pianist: Online

Sample All-State Auditions Cards (not for use at auditions)

General Information

The Iowa All-State Music Festival is jointly sponsored and staffed by the IHSMA and IMEA to provide a state-wide selective festival for the instrumental and choral high school musicians of Iowa.

ALL-STATE CHAIRS

Chorus Jackie Burk, Goodell
Band Thad Driskell, Cedar Rapids
Orchestra Mary Kay Polashek, Ames

 

GUEST CONDUCTORS

Chorus Dr. Stephen Alltop, Evanston, IL
Band Dr. James Ripley, Kenosha, WI
Orchestra Ms. Sey Ahn, Buena Park, CA

 

ELIGIBILITY

In addition to the Iowa High School Music Association Constitution, Article VI, Section 1, participation is restricted to students from schools that are members of the Iowa High School Music Association and enrolled in grades 9-12 only. Auditioning students must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an appropriate curricular musical ensemble within their school. Instrumentalists wishing to participate need to be enrolled in a curricular musical ensemble that is instrumental in nature (typically band or orchestra). Vocalists wishing to participate need to be enrolled in a curricular musical ensemble that is choral in nature (typically chorus). This should be interpreted as the minimum requirement for school districts to meet. To be considered a member of the respective ensemble, a student must be enrolled and in attendance at a minimum of 50% of the scheduled rehearsal sessions. 9th graders not eligible for a high school curricular ensemble as a result of district grade combinations, e.g., 7-8-9 or 8-9, will be determined to be eligible provided they meet the attendance requirements for a corresponding curricular ensemble as specified above. Membership in curricular ensembles is required for all school districts where such ensembles exist. Note: Students must make a choice in the area they will audition. Students may NOT try out both vocally and instrumentally or on more than one instrument. Penalty for Violation: Removal from All-State for students involved. Do not enter students who have a conflict with any activity. Each student must attend all rehearsals in Ames.

 

SUPERVISION

State Law (Iowa Code, Section 281, Chapter 36.18(9) requires that all schools ensure that all contestants are properly chaperoned when engaged in interscholastic activities. The Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) interprets that to mean that a school official who is knowledgeable of our rules and regulations must be present to chaperone and guide these students through their festival experience.

 

REGISTRATION FEES
The following fees have been established for the 2017 All-State Festival:
Vocal Entries $26.00
Wind/Percussion/Piano Entries $16.00
String Entries $16.00

 

The maximum number of entries permitted by any one school shall be as follows:

Wind & Percussion:  30 Strings: 30 Vocal: 28 – 7 singers per part
Harp and piano entries do not count towards these limits.

 

The release date of All-State chorus music by West Music is July 25, 2017. Music will be delivered from West Music of Coralville, IA, upon receipt of the registration form in the IHSMA office (if not previously ordered). If it does not arrive in a reasonable amount of time, please notify the Association office. Instructions regarding pronunciations and any special instructions for preparation can be found in the Chorus Directors Information Packet and Pronunciation Guides document found here. The patriotic numbers are NOT a part of the vocal registration fee. Schools wishing to obtain additional copies of the choral music for directors, accompanists, or chorus are to call directly to West Music (1-319-688-6846) and bill those copies directly to their district. Include a P.O. # for such orders.

Instrumental entries: students selected for participation in the All-State Band or Orchestra will receive their festival music at the audition site upon notification of a successful audition. The All-State instrumental folders (band and orchestra) will contain the parts for “America, the Beautiful” or “The Battle Hymn.”

 

REGISTRATION

Registration for this festival will be online. Instructions for doing so can be found online. The Registration Deadline for All-State is September 7, 2017. The Penalty Deadline is September 14, 2017. A valid check or purchase order number must be submitted online on or before September 7, 2017 for your registration process to be complete without penalty. You know that your registration is complete when the check number or purchase order number you input appears in the bottom left-hand corner of your online invoice. To check this, you will need to view the invoice after submitting your check or purchase order number. At this point, also review your invoice for accuracy, then print it off and take it to your office for payment! If you have a problem, contact the IHSMA office immediately. Final payment should be mailed to: Iowa High School Music Association, PO Box 10, Boone, IA 50036-0010. This payment is due 30 days from your registration date.

“Trades” in registration (one instrument for another, or one voice part for another) will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. of the Penalty Deadline (Sept 14). Trades will only be accepted with written verification (letter, e-mail or fax)- no phone calls. These trades carry no penalty if done on or prior to Sept 14 and cannot be done online.

 

ERRORS IN REGISTRATION

Clerical errors in registration (wrong instrument or wrong voice part indicated on the Registration Form) can be corrected after the Penalty Deadline (Sept. 15 or later) by paying a $100.00 per student penalty. Omissions can be corrected after the Penalty Deadline by paying the registration fee, penalty (50% of registration fee up to $25 per school), and an additional penalty of $100 per student. This penalty MUST be received in the IHSMA office by Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. If the penalty is not received by this date, an audition will not be permitted. The school must pay this penalty. Audition times for these students will be existing “scratch” slots, or they will be auditioned at the end of the instrument classification for that particular instrument.

 

AUDITION CENTERS ASSIGNED

Schools must attend the audition site serving their district.

Northwest: Storm Lake; Mgrs: Colleen Hecht, Band Dir.; Joanne Tucker, Vocal Dir.; Celia Garner-Prouty, Orchestra Dir.
Counties: Buena Vista, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Webster, Woodbury

North Central: Hampton-Dumont; Mgrs: Carl Kurth, Band Dir.; Kaitlyn Ewing, Vocal Dir.
Counties: Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Howard, Marshall, Mitchell, Tama, Winnebago, Worth, Wright

Northeast: Independence; Mgrs: David Lang, Band Dir.; Roger Barloon, Vocal Dir.
Counties: Allamakee, Benton, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Jackson, Jones, Linn, Winneshiek

Southwest: Atlantic; Mgrs: Jarrod O’Donnell, Band Dir.; Jennifer Gaesser, Vocal Dir.
Counties: Adair, Adams, Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Crawford, Dallas, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Madison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, Taylor, Union

South Central: Indianola; Mgrs: Mike Richardson and Nic Addelia, Band Dir.; Valerie Hagener, Vocal Dir.; Heidi Pridemore, Orchestra Dir.
Counties: Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Jasper, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Polk, Story, Warren, Wayne

Southeast: Washington; Mgrs: Donald Hughes, Band Dir.; Jonathan Runaas, Vocal Dir.
Counties: Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Jefferson, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello, Washington

 

AUDITION PROCEDURES

 

  1. Schedules will be created and mailed to participating schools by audition site managers. Should you fail to receive a schedule, contact the manager of your audition site.
  2. Schools must appear at their assigned time or, when possible, earlier, due to scratches, unless affected by emergency situations. Penalty: Forfeiture of right to appear.
  3. It is recommended, whenever possible, that directors “scratch” their last entry as opposed to their first. This will shorten the day for everyone.
  4. Directors may not enter the audition room, nor attempt to communicate with the auditor in any way. If communication with an auditor must take place, it may only occur through the room monitor or center manager.
  5. Band and orchestra members will be excused only after results have been posted and music assigned. A recall hearing may be scheduled before final selection is made. A recall list will be posted at noon for clarinets, flutes, and trumpets to prevent excessively long waits for students not still under consideration. Students failing to appear for recalls will be eliminated from consideration for participation. Brass,
    woodwind, percussion, and string bass students may be assigned to band or orchestra. Do not enter students who are unwilling to accept an assignment to either group.
  6. It is mandatory the posted names, instruments, parts, etc., be left intact and posted until the conclusion of the audition day.
  7. Names of alternates selected will be posted; however, there will be no music issued to these students. No instrumental alternates will be selected for participation after Tuesday, November 7th. Choral alternates may be selected up until the first rehearsal of the All-State Chorus.
  8. Accepted students’ names will be printed in the All-State program. Be certain they are printed legibly on the audition cards.
  9. All students accepted into the Chorus, Band, or Orchestra should report to the audition site office immediately following notification of their acceptance. Band and Orchestra students should pick up their assigned folder. Chorus students should pick up their information packet.
  10. Selection of band, orchestra, and chorus is based on the assumption competent players and singers are available. Auditors will be instructed to fill the quota for each center only with students who meet or exceed the required standards for acceptance.
  11. Directors Note: Housing requests will be submitted online. Housing requests will not be accepted until after October 21, 2017 at 9:00 PM. Please make sure you have a stable internet connection when making your submissions. Cell phone/smart phone connections are not recommended.
  12. Students are expected to audition using music that is in compliance with U.S. Copyright Law. See the U.S. Copyright Law and IHSMA Festivals section found in the IHSMA Fall Bulletin.
  13. No student or student pitch giver will be allowed to use a cell phone or any other recording capable device in the audition center.

 

SELECTION OF THE BAND

The instrumentation of the All-State Band is as follows:

24 Flutes/Piccolo 12 Bassoons 30 Cornet-Trumpets
6 Oboes/English Horn 24 French Horns 18 Trombones
78 Bb Clarinets 12 Alto Saxophones 4 Bass Trombones
14 Bass Clarinets 6 Tenor Saxophones 12 Euphoniums
6 Contra-Alto or
Contra-Bass Clarinets
6 Baritone Saxophones 12 Tubas
8 Percussion 4 String Bass

 

All brass and woodwind entries are required to audition in the following manner:

  1. Play a solo of choice (need not be memorized) unaccompanied. The length of the segment you choose should be approximately 1 minute in length.
  2. Play the etudes listed below.
  3. Play three (3) MAJOR scales – two (2) major scales will be determined through a random drawing process and one (1) major scale of choice. If a scale of choice is drawn, a second, or third choice is to be performed. Scales must be memorized in two or more octaves where possible, ascending and descending. MAJOR scales must be performed in 16th notes at a metronome speed of quarter note = 88. A metronome will be used to establish tempo. MAJOR scales must be performed all tongued ascending and all slurred descending OR all slurred ascending and all tongued descending. No Other Articulation Variation Will Be Acceptable!! Either of the following rhythm patterns is acceptable:  
  4. Play a chromatic scale over the complete range of the instrument, ascending and descending. The chromatic scale must be performed in 16th notes at a MINIMUM tempo of quarter note = 88. No specific articulation pattern is required.
  5. To ensure instrumentation for piccolo, the following will apply: to be considered for principal chair, ALL 1st Flutes in band and orchestra will be required to audition on piccolo (if parts exist) as well as flute on Thursday at ISU as a part of the chair placement procedure. The piccolo chair may be rotated through the Festival.
  6. To ensure instrumentation for English Horn parts, the following will apply: to be considered for principal chair, all oboes in the Band and Orchestra will be required to audition on English Horn (if parts exist) as well as oboe on Thursday at ISU as part of the chair placement procedure. All oboes have been given first and second oboe parts for the All-State Band or Orchestra. First and second oboe part assignments will be designated after the chair placement in Ames. The English Horn chair may be rotated through the festival.
  7. To ensure instrumentation for Eb Clarinet parts, the following will apply: to be considered for principal chair, all 1st Bb Clarinets in band or all Bb Clarinets in the orchestra will be required to audition on Eb Clarinet (if parts exist) as well as Bb Clarinet on Thursday at ISU as a part of the chair placement procedure. Any Bb Clarinets assigned to 2nd or 3rd parts who wish to tryout for the Eb Clarinet parts may do so by emailing alan@ihsma.org on the Monday following auditions and requesting parts. Chair placement auditions for Eb Clarinet will be held seperately from the Bb Clarinet audition in Ames. The Eb Clarinet chair may be rotated through the festival.
  8. The All-State Chorus will be performing Deep River arranged by Anders Poulsson. This work includes a major soprano saxophone solo. Students selected into the All-State Band or Chorus that are interested in auditioning for this part should contact the IHSMA office to secure music and then submit an audition recording, their name, and school to Mr. Thad Driskell either via email (thaddriskell1@gmail.com) or mailed to Thad Driskell, 513 Hearthstone Dr. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405-3167. All materials must be received by Friday, November 3, 2017. Finalists will be posted on the IHSMA Website by Monday, November 13 and will audition for the All-State Chorus Conductor in Ames on Thursday evening, November 16 for final selection.
  9. Materials to be used for first round auditions will be posted online (www.ihsma.org) at 5:00 AM and at each audition site at 8:00 AM on October 21, 2017.
2017 IOWA ALL-STATE BAND AUDITION ETUDES

Flute: Selected Studies for Flute by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 24-25 (p. 24 through first two lines of p. 25) and p.50
Oboe: Selected Studies for Oboe by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 18 and p. 29
Clarinet Bb: Selected Studies for Clarinet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 26 and p. 33
Low Clarinet (Bass and Contra): Advanced Studies from the Works of J. Weissenborn: arr. Rhoads,
Pub. by Southern, #24 (p. 18); #34(p. 28)
Bassoon: Method for Bassoon by J. Weissenborn/50 Studies section in back of book (Catalogue #CU96). #15 (p.122-123), and #27 (p. 133)
Saxophone: Selected Studies for Saxophone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 40 and p. 53
Trumpet: Selected Studies for Trumpet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 21 and p. 35 (Trumpet players selected for the All-State Orchestra are expected to perform on a trumpet, not a cornet.)
French Horn: Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work by Pottag: Pub. by Belwin, #67 (p. 27), #81 (p. 32) and #83 (p. 33)
Trombone & Euphonium: Selected Studies for Trombone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank p. 17 and p. 43 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: (New book in 2016) 50 Etudes for Bass Trombone and Tenor Trombone with F Attachment by Grigoriev, ed. & arr. by Randall Hawes, Pub by Encore: #34 (p. 32) and #39 (p.37) 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. Equipment not meeting this standard is not acceptable
and the student will not be allowed to audition!
Tuba: 70 Studies for BB Flat Tuba by Blazhevich, Vol. No. 1: Pub. by Robert King: #22 (p.21) and #24 (p. 23) (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.)
Percussionists: The All-State percussion audition will consist of the following:

  1. Solo or etude of choice performance on the percussion instrument (snare drum, timpani, or keyboard percussion) which represents the performance medium of greatest skill, talent, and confidence. THE SOLO/ETUDE IS NOT TO EXCEED ONE MINUTE, THIRTY SECONDS IN LENGTH.
  2. Basic Technique
Snare Drum:

  1. Play a multiple bounce (orchestral) roll at the performer’s maximum controlled speed from soft to loud
    to soft.
  2. Play a double stroke (rudimental) roll from slow to fast to slow at a constant volume.
  3. Demonstrate proper grip and stroke.
  4. Demonstrate correct tone to include tuning of batter and snare heads, proper snare strainer tension,
    proper playing area, and choice of sticks.
Keyboard Percussion:

  1. Play any of the major scales, ascending and descending, two octaves (memorized) in 16th notes at a set
    metronome tempo of quarter note = 88.
    Either of the following patterns is acceptable:   
  2. Play a chromatic scale (memorized) the full range of the instrument, ascending and descending,
    in 4 – 16th notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 88.
  3. Demonstrate proper grip and stroke.
  4. Demonstrate correct tone to include proper playing area and choice of mallets.
Timpani: [Tuning gauges are not to be used.]

  1. Perform a glissando roll ascending and descending through the full range of the drum chosen.
  2. Tune to a required pitch chosen by auditor.
  3. Demonstrate proper grip and stroke.
  4. Demonstrate correct tone to include proper playing area and choice of mallets.
Crash Cymbals:

  1. Perform crashes at various volume levels.
  2. Demonstrate proper angle/position/grip.
Tambourine:

  1. Perform shake and thumb rolls.
  2. Demonstrate correct tone to include proper angle, grip, and stroke
  1. Required etudes for snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, crash cymbals and tambourine:
    • Snare: Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone: Pub. by Belwin, #38 (p.41)
    • Timpani: Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #2, available on the IHSMA website. (click here)
      [3 Timpani (pitch changes)]. (TUNING GAUGES ARE NOT TO BE USED!)
    • Mallet: Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #2, available on the IHSMA website.(click here)
    • Crash Cymbals (for Recall round only): Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #1, available on the IHSMA website.(click here)
    • Tambourine (for Recall round only): Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #1, available on the IHSMA website.(click here)
SELECTION OF THE ORCHESTRA

 

  1. String auditors will select the following strings for the All-State Orchestra:
    40 1st Violins 24 Violas 20 String Bass
    40 2nd Violins 24 Cellos 2 Harps
  2. Band auditors will select the following instruments for the All-State Orchestra:
    6 Flutes/Piccolo 6 Bassoons 2 Bass T-bones
    6 Oboes/English Horn 8 Trumpets 6 Trombones
    6 Clarinets 12 French Horns 2 Tubas
    5 Percussion
  3. The number of strings to be selected at each center is determined by the All-State Orchestra Chair
    after all entries have been received.
  4. All string entries will be required to audition in the following manner:
    1. Play a solo of choice (need not be memorized) unaccompanied. The length of the
      segment you choose should be approximately 1 minute in length; maximum of 1:20. The String Audition card
      will include a caption line for the solo.
    2. Play the required excerpts of the All-State selections. (These works are in public domain or variances
      have been allowed for this use.) String audition excerpts are available for download from the IHSMA website
      on July 25 or they may be obtained by calling the IHSMA office and requesting them.
    3. Violins, Violas, Cellos, String Bass: Play any of the major scales (memorized) up to and including 6 flats and
      6 sharps in 16th notes (16th notes only – NO 1/8th note on the tonic) at a metronome speed of a quarter
      note = 60 (ascending and descending). A scale of 3 octaves is required for violin and cello. Violas –
      3 octaves are required for major scales C, Db, D, Eb, and E; major scales F, F#/Gb, G, Ab, A, Bb and B may be
      performed either 2 or 3 octaves. All string bass scales will be two octaves. Style of bowing is at the discretion of the performer.
  5. All string auditions, including recalls, will be “blind”.
  6. Harpists should prepare an audition cd/mp3 file and email it to mkepolashek@msn.com or send it to Mary Kay Polashek, 2615 Meadow Glen Road, Ames, IA 50014. All materials must be received by October 16, 2017 to be considered (please plan accordingly). Students selected will be announced via the IHSMA website on Thursday, October 19, 2017. The recording should contain the following:
    1. A two-minute portion of a solo or etude of their choice
    2. The excerpts that are available online or from the IHSMA office
    3. Label/email showing the student’s name, school and phone number
  7. To ensure instrumentation for piccolo, the following will apply: to be considered for principal chair, ALL 1st Flutes in band and orchestra will be required to audition on piccolo (if parts exist) as well as flute on Thursday at ISU as a part of the chair placement procedure. The piccolo chair may be rotated through the Festival.
  8. To ensure instrumentation for English Horn parts, the following will apply: to be considered for principal chair, all oboes in the Band and Orchestra will be required to audition on English Horn (if parts exist) as well as oboe on Thursday at ISU as part of the chair placement procedure. All oboes have been given first and second oboe parts for the All-State Band or Orchestra. First and second oboe part assignments will be designated after the chair placement in Ames. The English Horn chair may be rotated through the festival.
  9. To ensure instrumentation for Eb Clarinet parts, the following will apply: to be considered for principal chair, all 1st Bb Clarinets in band or all Bb Clarinets in the orchestra will be required to audition on Eb Clarinet (if parts exist) as well as Bb Clarinet on Thursday at ISU as a part of the chair placement procedure. Any Bb Clarinet (2nd’s and 3rd’s) who wish to tryout for the Eb Clarinet parts may do so by emailing alan@ihsma.org on the Monday following auditions and requesting parts. Chair placement auditions for Eb Clarinet will be held seperately from the Bb Clarinet audition in Ames. The Eb Clarinet chair may be rotated through the festival.
  10. All accepted All-State Orchestra clarinets, bassoons, trumpets and tenor trombones will receive all
    parts to audition on for the festival. All players will have the chance to audition for 1st chair. Horns,
    bass trombones, baritones and tubas will still receive their assigned parts.
  11. Audition excerpts will be posted online (www.ihsma.org) at 5:00 AM and at each audition site at 8:00 A.M. on October 21, 2017.

Directors – Be certain your students have the music for the festival adequately prepared for the chair placement auditions in Ames. Failure to perform the selections at All-State level will result in dismissal from the group.

SELECTION OF THE  CHORUS
  1. Each entry must consist of 1, 2, 3, or 4 singers auditioning on one of the following voice parts: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, or Bass. No duplication of voice part within an entry is allowed.
  2. The maximum number of entries for one school is 28 students – 7 singers per voice part. A student may appear in one entry only. Music need not be memorized for auditions.
  3. The number to be selected on each vocal part at each audition center will be based on a percent of the total number auditioned from the entire state. A total of 600 voices will be selected – 150 on each choral (SATB) part. It is expected that students audition on a voice part that is appropriate for their vocal range. Vocal health of the student should be a primary concern. Auditors will be instructed to select only qualified singers regardless of quotas. Quotas will be figured after the initial auditions are completed.
  4. Auditioning ensembles will be identified to the auditor by ONLY: school code number, performance time, names of singers and voice parts. Be certain your students know their performance time! The school name may not appear on the audition card, music folder, or any article of clothing. Ensembles may not display the school name in any manner.
  5. Choral groups or individuals auditioning may NOT wear school concert attire for auditions (this includes robes, tuxedos, and formal gowns).
  6. Audition sites will post a list of singers to be recalled and a list of accepted students at the conclusion of the initial auditions.
  7. Materials to be used for auditions will be posted online (www.ihsma.org) at 5:00 AM and at each audition site at 8:00 A.M. on
    October 21, 2017.
  8. All vocal auditions are a cappella.
  9. For first round auditions, singers may get their starting pitches from:
    1. a singer in the ensemble using a pitch-pipe to play pitches;
    2. a singer in the ensemble playing pitches on a keyboard;
    3. a high school student, who is not a member of the auditioning ensemble, playing the pitches on a keyboard.
    4. an adult pitch giver provided by the host site. Pitch giving instructions will appear with the first round excerpts. (Example video or on YouTube)
  10. Each entry will be instructed to sing portions of the chosen All-State selections. A maximum of 7 minutes will be allotted for each audition. Students will be judged on the following factors: Intonation, Rhythm, Tone Quality, and Musicianship. 10 points will be awarded in each of the four categories, with the total score used to determine accepted and recalled students. The intonation score is used as a tie breaker when needed.
  11. All selections must be performed in the designated key.
  12. For recalls, singers will appear alone and sing their voice part unaccompanied. A qualified person designated by the audition manager will play pitches for recall. Pitch giving instructions will be provided with the recall excerpts.
  13. Singers will not be allowed to restart a selection once they have made it through a significant portion of a work. They may stop, get pitches, and then continue on if the performance has broken down to a point warranting this action.
  14. In the interest of balancing sections, accepted vocalists will be posted as either I or II.
  15. Vocal entries must audition on the voice part indicated on the initial registration. Illness or emergency circumstances may reduce an entry below the original registration, however a school may increase the number of participants only by following the provisions specified in Errors In Registration.
  16. Directors’ sets/Accompanists’ sets of the All-State music are the responsibility of the participating school and must be paid for by the director/district apart from their All-State registration.
  17. Auditioning groups may be asked to audition on the Alice Jordan arrangement of “America the Beautiful” and the Wilhousky arrangement of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Copies of these selections may be purchased by contacting West Music (319-688-6846).
  18. Director’s notes are included with the music and can be found on the IHSMA website. –
    see here
    .
  19. All-State Chorus Soloists:
    • There are no soloists required for this year’s choral selections.
  20. Five All-State Choir selections (in addition to the patriotic works) will be released on July 25, 2017. The sixth piece will be released and distributed to the accepted students at the first chorus rehearsal in Ames on Friday, November 17, and will be taught to the students by the All-State Chorus Conductor, Dr. Stephen Alltop.
  21. Deep River arranged by Anders Poulsson includes a major soprano saxophone solo. Students selected into the All-State Band or Chorus that are interested in auditioning for this part should contact the IHSMA office to secure music and then submit an audition recording, their name, and school to Mr. Thad Driskell either via email (thaddriskell1@gmail.com) or mail to Thad Driskell, 513 Hearthstone Dr. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405-3167. All materials must be received by Friday, November 3, 2017. Finalists will be posted online by Monday, November 13 and will audition for the All-State Chorus Conductor in Ames on Thursday evening, November 16 for final selection.
ALL-STATE PIANISTS

The 2017 festival will need piano players for the band and chorus. Students auditioning for an All-State Pianist position must be an eligible member of the school’s band, chorus or orchestra.  The registration fee does NOT cover the cost of the music for the All-State piano players. Schools will need to make their own arrangements for the music performed by the chorus, including the patriotic numbers. Music may be purchased by contacting West Music (319-688-6846). Music for the band selections may be obtained by contacting the IHSMA office (515) 432-2013.

There will be one round of Piano auditions:
Auditions will be held at Benton Auditorium, on the middle floor of the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames, IA starting at 9:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Requirements For The Piano Auditions:

  1. The excerpts of the keyboard parts which are to be played will be posted online (www.ihsma.org) at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2017.
  2. Each candidate MUST prepare all of the piano parts for the chorus and band selections, including the patriotic numbers. Candidates are to take all selections into the audition center.
  3. The candidate MAY use a student page-tuner in the audition.
  4. The candidate may take 5-10 seconds to familiarize him/herself with the piano in the audition center.
  5. The audition:
    1. The auditor will conduct the candidate on the designated excerpts.
      (The following items, b. and c., will not be posted on the night before auditions – the
      auditor will give the candidate instructions.)
    2. The auditor will instruct the candidate to find and play a vocal line.
    3. The auditor will ask the candidate to find and play the starting pitches of a section – the
      candidate should roll the pitches from the bottom to the top.
  6. The candidate will be judged on their ability to play the keyboard parts accurately at the required tempo,
    their ability to follow a conductor, and their ability to locate and accurately play choral parts and pitches (bottom to top).
  7. The candidate will not be required to play the open score.

After all pianists have auditioned, there will be a break, and then a round of call back auditions may be held.

Those selected to accompany the choir will be required at rehearsals on Thursday evening, November 16th, in Ames.

 

ALL-STATE FESTIVAL/FOOTBALL PLAY-OFF CONFLICTS

Conflicts between the All-State Music Festival and the state Football Play-Offs are unavoidable. Policies have been developed to resolve those
conflicts within reasonable parameters. “Alternates” may be selected to fill positions in either the All-State Band or Orchestra as late as November 7. Vocal Alternates may be selected up until the 1st rehearsal of the All-State Chorus. If your district has a potential problem with such a situation, contact the IHSMA office at your earliest opportunity.

 

REGISTRATION OF STUDENTS IN AMES

All directors or chaperones must register participating students and pay the correct fees, if not prepaid, at the IHSMA Registration desk (middle floor lobby of Scheman Building) either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Student registration forms will be sent prior to auditions. At this time, ONE director will receive the registration packet, which includes identification name tags for all participants from that school. No student will be admitted to afternoon rehearsals without these name tags. Schools commuting must be registered in the same manner; names listed on the registration form and fee paid, with a notation that they will be commuting and not using the housing that has been arranged.

 NEW (last year): Following the Saturday afternoon rehearsal in Hilton Coliseum, all participating students will have a wristband placed on their wrist after their required individual pictures are taken. No performers will be permitted to enter the performance area for the concert Saturday night without the required wrist band. Concert attire, medals, etc. will NOT be sufficient to gain entry. This procedure is in place to help ensure everyone’s security.
HOUSING RULES AND REGULATIONS

Below you will find a copy of the housing rules and regulations established by the Iowa High School Music Association
that will govern each student’s stay during the festival. Because this festival brings together students from over 170 different schools,
each with their own set of rules and expectations, it is necessary that we have a set of uniform regulations that will govern their stay
while in Ames. These regulations are in place to ensure that students are well rested and ready to engage for each rehearsal. Please read
these rules and regulations and understand that they will be strictly enforced. Failure to adhere to any of these regulations may result in
disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the festival. Understand also that high school directors or chaperones have no authority to grant exception to these rules and regulations.

  1. There shall be no playing of instruments or singing from 11 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  2. Participants may meet only in rooms assigned to their sex unless a director is present. All parties
    involved will be dismissed from the All-State Festival if this rule is violated.
  3. Students are not to congregate in rooms other than those billed to their own school.
  4. Students must be in their rooms no later than 11:00 P.M. each night. Lights out and
    no noise after 11:30 P.M.
    All students must remain in their room until 6:30 A.M.

Inadequate preparation, poor rehearsal attitudes and conduct not up to the highest standards of our best high school students will be considered sufficient reason for dismissal from the festival.

Consider prepayment of festival fees. This will shorten the registration process at Ames. Fees and registration form should be received in the IHSMA office by November 10th.

Chaperones must be housed in the same hotel as their students.

Alan Greiner, Executive Director, IHSMA, is in charge of hotel arrangements. Housing for the All-State Festival will be in the Ames area. Housing forms are to be submitted online to the Iowa High School Music Association October 21, 2017 after 9 PM. Please make certain you are using a stable internet connection when making housing requests. Cell phone/smart phone connections are not recommended.

 

CHAIR-PLACEMENT AUDITIONING PROCEDURES

All-State Orchestra: All orchestra members report to assigned audition rooms in the Scheman Building before 3 P.M. Thursday afternoon. Room assignments will be included in the students’ music folders. Benton Auditorium in the Scheman Building will be available at 2:45 p.m. for orchestra members to warm up. Members will be auditioned down to the last chair. Don’t forget music stands and pencils for rehearsals!! Students found inadequately prepared at the Thursday chair-placement auditions will be permitted a rehearing before a panel of three auditors at 8 A.M. Friday. Every effort will be made to have either a director or school representative present so dismissal, if necessary, can be attended to by the director/representative.

All-State Band: Audition rooms will be included in the students’ music folders, and auditions times will be posted on the IHSMA website approximately 5 days in advance of the festival. Benton Auditorium in the Scheman Building will be available at 4:30 p.m. for band members to warm up. Members will be auditioned to the last chair. Don’t forget music stands and pencils for rehearsals!! Students found inadequately prepared at the Thursday chair-placement auditions will be permitted a rehearing before a panel of three auditors at 8 A.M. Friday. Every effort will be made to have either a director or school representative present so dismissal, if necessary, can be attended to by the director/representative.

All-State Chorus: Seating assignment cards will be placed in registration packets. Directors MUST obtain these prior to the first scheduled rehearsal.

 

REHEARSALS
All groups will meet Friday morning at the following locations:

Band Hilton Coliseum
Orchestra Scheman Building, Rooms 220-240
Chorus C.Y. Stephens

Rehearsals are also held Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday morning and afternoon. The specific rehearsal schedule for each of the All-State ensembles will be mailed to auditioning schools prior to auditions. Check this very carefully. Attendance will be carefully checked at each rehearsal. Failure to attend all rehearsals will eliminate students from participation. Rehearsal schedules are interpreted as the actual starting time. Students should be in place at the designated time. Any All-State Chorus student who is late to rehearsal will check-in with the All-State Chorus Chair. He/she will not rejoin the chorus but will sit with their director at the back of the chorus for the remainder of that rehearsal block of time. They may rejoin the chorus for the next rehearsal. A second incident of tardiness will result in automatic
dismissal from the festival. Attendance policies for the band and orchestra will be included in the folders of students accepted. No caps or hats are permitted at any rehearsal.

TICKETS

The ticket price will be $22 (plus fees). All seats are reserved. A group rate of $20(plus fees) per ticket will be available on orders of 20 or more tickets ordered by a single purchaser. All orders received prior to October 24 will be held and processed on October 24, 2017 beginning at 10:00 AM. Online ticket sales will also begin October 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

ILLNESS

The All-State Chair must be notified if illness should prevent participation in the All-State groups. Band members, or their director, should telephone Thad Driskell, Cedar Rapids at 319-558-1380. Orchestra members, or their director, should telephone Mary Kay Polashek, Ames High School at 515-451-7154. Chorus members, or their director, should telephone Jackie Burk, Goodell at 641-425-1037.

CONCERT DRESS

All-State Band Concert Attire – Men: wear BLACK suits or Tuxedos, white shirt with black neck/bow tie. Women: wear BLACK dress or pant suits, or long black dresses, or black tops and long black skirts. Any option should include sleeves past the shoulder.  Orchestra women will wear long dresses (formal black) and men will wear suits (formal black).  Chorus members must wear choir robes.

 

MISCELLANEOUS ARRANGEMENTS
  1. Complimentary Tickets(revised): Complimentary tickets for directors of participating students will be issued on the following basis: One ticket will be issued for each All-State Ensemble for which schools have students selected; i.e., All-State Chorus = 1 ticket; All-State Orchestra = 1 ticket; All-State Band = 1 ticket. No school will receive more than 3 complimentary tickets. Additional tickets for directors (directors only) may be purchased ahead of time by filling out the order form included with the festival registration packet. Call the Association office if you have questions. All seats are reserved. Schools are responsible for securing tickets for drivers, chaperones, spouses of directors and student teachers.
  2. Check your calendar carefully. Do not enter students who may have a conflict with any activity.  Each student must be available for all rehearsals in Ames.
  3. If your school is to be represented in Ames, you will receive a final mailing containing students’ names (for you to proof for spelling), directors’ responsibilities, complete rules and regulations, and a map of the Iowa State Center area.