2019 All-State Music Festival Information
Penalty Deadline: September 19, 2019
Audition Dates: October 23, 2019 – Piano;
Festival: November 21-23, 2019
- All-State Registration-Instrumental: Online
- Band Etudes
- All-State Registration-Pianist: Online
Sample All-State Auditions Cards (not for use at auditions)
- Brass, Woodwind Audition Card
- Percussion Audition Card
- Piano Audition Card
- String Audition Card
- Vocal Audition Card
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.
|Band||Thad Driskell, Cedar Rapids|
|Orchestra||Mary Kay Polashek, Ames|
|Chorus||Jason Heitland, Garner|
|Band||Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Garden City, NY|
|Orchestra||Mr. David Barg, Omaha, NE|
|Chorus||Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier, Des Moines, IA|
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. Exception: Pianists and Eb Clarinet may register to audition in another area. A second audition will only be allowed if the students are not successful with their Piano or Eb Clarinet audition. Piano, Harp, and Eb Clarinet registrations will not count toward the maximum number of auditionees allowed. Penalty for Violation: Removal from All-State for students involved. Do not enter students who have a conflict with any activity. If selected for participation in the All-State Music Festival, each student must attend all rehearsals in Ames.
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.
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, Piano, and Eb Clarinet entries do not count toward these limits.|
The release date of All-State chorus music by West Music is July 25, 2019. 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 Director’s Information Packet 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 for All-State Auditions will be online. Instructions for doing so can be found online. The Registration Deadline for All-State Auditions is September 12, 2019. The Penalty Deadline is September 19, 2019. A valid check or purchase order number must be submitted online on or before September 12, 2019 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 19). 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 5:00 p.m., Sept 19 and cannot be done online.
Clerical errors in registration (wrong instrument or wrong voice part indicated on the Registration Form) can be corrected after the Penalty Deadline (Sept. 21 or later) by paying a $100.00 per student penalty. Omissions can be corrected after the Penalty Deadline by paying the registration fee, the registration deadline 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. 18, 2019. 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.
Northwest: Le Mars; Mgrs: Michael Pritchard, Band Dir.; Randy Ewing, Vocal Dir.; Ted Hallberg, 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.; Katelyn Elscott, 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.; Ethan Pruisman, 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.; Valorie Hagener and Myles Finn, Vocal Dir.; Heidi Terrell, 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
- NEW: Schedules will be created and delivered online to participating schools by audition site managers. Site managers will notify participating schools when their schedule is available. Should you fail to receive notice, contact the manager of your audition site immediately.
- NEW: Participating schools will then need to enter the name of each student auditioning in the place indicated for each corresponding event and audition time. Solo information will also need to be entered for students auditioning instrumentally.
- 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.
- It is recommended, whenever possible, that directors “scratch” their last entry as opposed to their first. This will shorten the day for everyone.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- It is mandatory the posted names, instruments, parts, etc., be left intact and posted until the conclusion of the audition day.
- 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 12th. Choral alternates may be selected up until the first rehearsal of the All-State Chorus.
- Accepted students’ names will be printed in the All-State program. Be certain they are entered correctly online using upper and lower case letters as appropriate.
- 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.
- 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.
- Director’s Note: Housing requests will be submitted online. Housing requests will not be accepted until after October 26, 2019 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.
- 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.
- No student will be allowed to use a cell phone or any other recording capable device in the audition center.
The instrumentation of the All-State Band is as follows:
|6||Oboes/English Horn||24||French Horns||18||Trombones|
|78||Bb Clarinets||12||Alto Saxophones||6||Bass Trombones|
|14||Bass Clarinets||6||Tenor Saxophones||12||Euphoniums|
All brass and woodwind entries will perform the required material in the following order for the All-State Audition:
- Major Scales
- Major Scale of choice (not on selected card)
- Major Scales on selected card;
- Chromatic Scale
All-State Brass and Woodwind Audition Guidelines:
- Perform one (1) minute of a solo of choice unaccompanied. Auditioning students are not required to perform the solo from memory.
- Perform the prescribed etudes listed below. Etude excerpts for the first round of auditions will be posted online (www.ihsma.org) at 5:00 a.m. and at each audition site at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of auditions.
- Perform three (3) MAJOR scales – one (1) major scale of choice and two (2) major scales determined through a random drawing process. If the scale of choice is drawn, a second or third choice is to be performed. The major scales are to be memorized and performed in the appropriate full range of the instrument two or more octaves where possible, ascending and descending. The 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. NOTE: No other articulation variation will be acceptable! Either of the following rhythm patterns is acceptable:
- Perform 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.
To ensure instrumentation for Piccolo, English Horn, and Eb Clarinet, the following will apply:
- To be considered for principal flute chair in the All-State Band, ALL 1st Flutes will be required to audition on piccolo (if parts exist) as well as flute on Thursday as a part of the chair placement procedure. The piccolo chair may be rotated through the Festival.
- To be considered for principal oboe chair in the All-State Band, oboes will be required to audition on English Horn (if parts exist) as well as oboe on Thursday as part of the chair placement procedure. All oboes will be given first and second oboe parts for the All-State Band. 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.
- To be considered for principal clarinet chair in the All-State Band, all 1st Bb Clarinets in band will be required to audition on Eb Clarinet (if parts exist) as well as Bb Clarinet on Thursday as a part of the chair placement procedure. Any Bb Clarinets assigned to 2nd or 3rd parts in the band who wish to tryout for the Eb Clarinet parts may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org on the Monday following auditions and requesting parts. Chair placement auditions for Eb Clarinet will be held separately from the Bb Clarinet chair placement audition in Ames. The Eb Clarinet chair may be rotated through the festival.
- The process for other color instruments (e.g. soprano saxophone) will follow suit as required within the All-State Band repertoire.
- In the case of a unique circumstance for an instrument or performance requirement, a preliminary recorded audition may be requested to select finalists from the All-State ensembles before attending the Festival. This will not affect seating consideration within the All-State Band.
Flute: Selected Studies for Flute by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 33 and p.49
Oboe: Selected Studies for Oboe by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 5 and p. 23
Clarinet Bb: Selected Studies for Clarinet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 11 and p. 36
Low Clarinet (Bass and Contra): Advanced Studies from the Works of J. Weissenborn: arr. Rhoads, Pub. by Southern, #15 (p. 11); #31 (p. 24)
Bassoon: Method for Bassoon by J. Weissenborn/50 Studies section in back of book (Catalogue #CU96). #13 (p.121), and #21 (p. 129)
Saxophone: Selected Studies for Saxophone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 37 and p. 48
Trumpet: Selected Studies for Trumpet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 36 and p. 43 (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, #13 (p. 6), #57 (p. 23) and #70 (p. 28)
Trombone & Euphonium: Selected Studies for Trombone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank p. 13 and p. 15. 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: #7 (p. 10-11) and #21 (p.22) 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: #2 (p.2) and #37 (p. 42-43) (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:
- 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.
- Basic Technique
|Timpani: [Tuning gauges are not to be used.]
- Required etudes for snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, crash cymbals and tambourine:
- Snare: Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone: Pub. by Belwin, #3 (p.5)
- Timpani: The Timpani etudes were composed with the intention of performing on three timpani. Only three timpani are allowed in the performance of the etude.
- Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #1, available on the IHSMA website. (click here)
[3 Timpani (pitch changes)]. (TUNING GAUGES ARE NOT TO BE USED!)
- Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #1, available on the IHSMA website. (click here)
- Mallet: Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #4, available on the IHSMA website.(click here)
- Crash Cymbals (for Recall round only): Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #6, available on the IHSMA website.(click here)
- Tambourine (for Recall round only): Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #6, available on the IHSMA website.(click here)
- String auditors will select the following strings for the All-State Orchestra:
40 1st Violins 30 Violas 20 String Bass 40 2nd Violins 30 Cellos 2 Harp
- Band auditors will select the following instruments for the All-State Orchestra:
8 Flutes/Piccolo 14 French Horns 8 Oboes/English Horn 8 Trumpets 6 Clarinets 6 Trombones 2 Eb Clarinets (see No. 10 below) 2 Tubas 6 Bassoons 5 Percussion
- The number of strings to be selected at each center is determined by the All-State Orchestra Chair after all entries have been received.
- All string entries will be required to audition in the following manner:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Play a solo of choice (need not be memorized) unaccompanied. The length of the
- All string auditions, including recalls, will be “blind”.
- Harpists should prepare an audition mp3 file and email it to email@example.com; please confirm receipt of materials with Mrs. Polashek. All materials must be received by October 21, 2019 to be considered (please plan accordingly). Students selected will be announced via the IHSMA website on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The recording should contain the following:
- A two-minute portion of a solo or etude of their choice
- The excerpts that are available online or from the IHSMA office
- Label/email showing the student’s name, school and phone number
- Piccolo parts for the orchestra music will be provided in each flute folder. Flute players interested in auditioning for the piccolo part should prepare an audition mp3 recording of the piccolo excerpts found in their folder and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 6, 2019. Finalists will be posted online by Monday, November 11 and will audition for selection as part of the regular chair placement proceedings in Ames, Thursday, November 21, 2019. Students selected to play piccolo will still be considered to play the first flute part in passages without piccolo parts.
- This years All-State Orchestra clarinet parts contain some portions for bass clarinet that should be playable by any All-State caliber Bb Clarinetist. Students selected for the All-State Orchestra on clarinet need to be prepared for this eventuality.
- English Horn parts for the orchestra music will be provided in each oboe folder. Oboe players interested in auditioning for the English Horn part should prepare an audition mp3 recording and email it to email@example.com by Friday, November 6, 2019. Finalists will be posted online by Monday, November 11 and will audition for selection as part of the regular chair placement proceedings in Ames, Thursday, November 21, 2019. Students selected to play English Horn will still be considered to play the first oboe part in passages without English Horn parts.
- Eb Clarinet auditions for the All-State Orchestra will be an online audition. Students wishing to audition for an Eb Clarinet spot in the Orchestra should contact the IHSMA office to secure audition materials. Recordings of the audition materials should be made in .mp3 format and should include the student’s name and selection being performed only. Recordings should then be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 18, 2019. The names of the students selected will be posted online by Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Students NOT selected for the Eb Clarinet in the Orchestra are then eligible to audition on Saturday, October 26 on any other instrument or voice part. Eb Clarinet auditions for the orchestra will not count toward a schools woodwind/brass/percussion limit of 30.
- All accepted All-State Orchestra clarinets, bassoons, and tenor trombones will receive all parts to audition on for the festival. All players will have the chance to audition for 1st chair. Trumpets will receive either 1st and 2nd trumpet parts or 3rd and 4th trumpet parts. Horns, bass trombones, baritones and tubas will still receive their assigned parts.
- 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 26, 2019.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The number to be selected on each vocal part at each audition site 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.
- 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 will not appear on the audition card, and should not be displayed on the music folder, music being performed, or any article of clothing. Ensembles may not display the school name in any manner.
- Choral groups or individuals auditioning may NOT wear school concert attire for auditions (this includes robes, tuxedos, and formal gowns).
- Audition sites will post a list of singers to be recalled and a list of accepted students at the conclusion of the initial auditions.
- 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 AM on
October 26, 2019.
- All vocal auditions are a cappella.
- For first round auditions, singers must get their starting pitches from an adult pitch giver provided by the host site. Pitch giving instructions will appear with the first round excerpts. (Examples can be found here: ihsma.org or on YouTube)
- 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.
- All selections must be performed in the designated key.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the interest of balancing sections, accepted vocalists will be posted as either I or II.
- 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.
- 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.
- Auditioning groups may be asked to audition on the Ward/Dragon arrangement of “America the Beautiful” and the Steffe/Wilhousky arrangement of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Copies of these selections may be purchased online or by contacting West Music (319-688-6738) – ask for Dick Dott.
- Director’s notes are included with the music and can be found on the IHSMA website – see here.
- All-State Chorus Soloists:
- There are no soloists required for this year’s choral selections.
- Five All-State Chorus selections (in addition to the patriotic works) will be released on July 25, 2019. The sixth piece will be released and distributed to the accepted students at the first chorus rehearsal in Ames on Friday, November 22, and will be taught to the students by the All-State Chorus Conductor, Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier.
The 2019 festival will need piano players for the band and the 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 students auditioning on piano. 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) – ask for Dick Dott. 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 23, 2019. NEW: Students may register to audition on piano and another instrument or voice part. If the student is unsuccessful with their piano audition, they may then participate in district auditions on Saturday, October 26 on another instrument/voice part. Students who are successful will serve as pianist for the ensemble designated and will NOT be permitted a second audition on Saturday.
Requirements For The Piano Auditions:
- 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. 22, 2019.
- Each candidate MUST prepare all of the piano parts for the chorus and the band selections, including the patriotic numbers. Candidates are to take all selections into the audition center.
- The candidate MAY use a student page-turner in the audition.
- The candidate may take 5-10 seconds to familiarize him/herself with the piano in the audition center.
- The audition:
- 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.)
- The auditor will instruct the candidate to find and play a vocal line.
- 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.
- The auditor will conduct the candidate on the designated excerpts.
- 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).
- 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 chorus will be required at rehearsals on Thursday evening, November 21st, in Ames.
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 12. 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.
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.
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.
- There shall be no playing of instruments or singing from 11 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
- 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.
- Students are not to congregate in rooms other than those billed to their own school.
- 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 12th.
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 26, 2019 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.
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.
All groups will meet Friday morning at the following locations:
|Orchestra||Scheman Building, Rooms 220-240|
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.
The ticket price will be $23 (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 29 will be held and processed on October 29, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM. Online ticket sales will also begin October 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM.
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 at 515-451-7154. Chorus members, or their director, should telephone Jason Heitland, Garner at 641-355-3660.
All-State Band and Orchestra Attire: Men – wear BLACK suits or Tuxedos, white shirt with black neck/bow tie. Women: wear BLACK dress suits (below the knee when seated), BLACK pant suits, long black dresses (below the knee when seated), or black tops, and long black skirts (below the knee when seated). Any option should include sleeves past the shoulder. Chorus members must wear choir robes.
- Complimentary Tickets: 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; e.g., 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.
- 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.
- 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.