All-State Audition Information – 2020

2020 All-State Music Festival Information


Registration Deadline: September 23, 2020
Penalty Deadline: September 23, 2020
Audition Dates: October 21, 2020 – Piano;
October 21, 2020 5 PM- Vocal, Woodwind, Brass, String, Percussion (submission deadline for audition recordings)
Festival: November 19-21, 2020

All-State Auditions Site Assignments

IMPORTANT:

Selection of the Band

Selection of the Orchestra

Selection of the Chorus

Selection of the Pianist

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

 

Orchestra Mary Kay Polashek, Ames
Chorus Jason Heitland, Clear Lake
Band Thad Driskell, Cedar Rapids

GUEST CONDUCTORS

Orchestra Mr. Allen Tinkham, Chicago, IL 
Chorus Dr. Bruce Chamberlain, Tucson, AZ
Band Dr. Travis Cross, Los Angeles, 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. 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.

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 2020 All-State Festival:
Vocal Entries $26.00
Wind/Percussion/Piano Entries            $17.00
String Entries $17.00

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 toward these limits.

The release date of All-State chorus music by West Music is July 27, 2020. 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 once the audition process has been concluded.  IHSMA will ship each students music folders to each school on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 (revised 9/14/2020). The All-State instrumental folders (band and orchestra) will contain the parts for “America, the Beautiful” or “The Battle Hymn.”

 

REGISTRATION

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 23, 2020. The Penalty Deadline is September 23, 2020. A valid check or purchase order number must be submitted online on or before September 23, 2020 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 23). 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 23 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. 19 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. 16, 2020. 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

The 2020 All-State Festival will utilize an online audition format where directors will upload recordings of each students audition materials.  Exception:  Piano Auditions will still be a live audition in Ames. Schools will still be assigned to a region for this process.  Those regions are as follows:

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

 

AUDITION PROCEDURES

 

  1. 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.
  2. Participating schools will then need to enter the name of each student auditioning in the place indicated for each corresponding event and audition order (time slots will not be used this year – just and audition order).  Solo information will also need to be entered for students auditioning instrumentally.
  3. Schools will then upload a single VIDEO recording (.mp4 format) of each students audition material.  Specific Instructions can be found here: How to create an audition video!
  4. Each “segment” of the audition must be recorded continuously with no splicing or editing of that segment.  Students should announce their name at the beginning of the recording and then announce each segment being performed. Segments are defined as:
    • Vocal:  Each audition “cut” – those cuts will be release on Friday, September 25, at 8:00 AM
    • Woodwind and Brass: Solo, each etude selection (in order listed – eg. Flute performs pg. 25 selection first and then performs page 55), all scales in order specified C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb/F#, B, E, A, D, G, Chromatic.
    • Percussion:  Solo, Snare Etude “cut” and required skills, Mallet etude “cut”, All Scales – in this order C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb/F#, B, E, A, D, G, Chromatic, Timpani Etude “cut” and skills
    • Strings: Solo, each excerpt (in order distributed), all scales in order specified C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb/F#, B, E, A, D, and G.
  5. 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. Names of alternates selected will be posted online; however, there will be no music issued to these students. No instrumental alternates will be selected for participation after Tuesday, November 10th. Choral alternates may be selected up until Tuesday, November 17th.
  7. 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.
  8. Band and Orchestra students’ assigned folder and information packet will be shipped to their director on Monday, October 26, 2020. Chorus students’ information packets will be shipped to their director on Monday, October 26, 2020. Directors must distribute these materials to their students immediately upon receipt.
  9. 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.
  10. Director’s Note: Housing requests will be submitted online. Housing requests will not be accepted until after Monday, October 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM. Please make sure you have a stable internet connection when making your submissions. Cell phone/smart phone connections are not recommended.
  11. 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.
SELECTION OF THE BAND

The anticipated instrumentation of the All-State Band is as follows (Please note that Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions may require us to alter ensemble size.  Directors will be notified of any changes as they occur. Any changes in size will be announced prior to audition.):

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 1 Piano 4 String Bass

The All-State woodwind and brass audition should be recorded in the following order with each number representing a “section” that must be recorded without break (no editing or splicing within a given “section”). 

  1. Solo;
  2. Etudes in order listed below (each etude is it’s own “section”);
  3. Major Scales and Chromatic (all scales should be recorded in succession with just a slight break between each scale);
    • Major Scales: performed in this order C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb/F#, B, E, A, D, G and Chromatic Scale (these are starting instrument pitches, not starting concert pitches)

All-State Brass and Woodwind Audition Guidelines:

  1. Perform one (1) minute of a solo of choice unaccompanied. Auditioning students are not required to perform the solo from memory.
  2. Perform the prescribed etudes listed below.  
  3. Perform all MAJOR scales followed by the chromatic scale in this order C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb/F#, B, E, A, D, G and Chromatic (all scales should be recorded in succession with just a slight break between each scale).  The major scales should be performed in the appropriate full range of the instrument two or more octaves where possible, ascending and descending and do not need to be memorized for the recording process. The major scales must be performed in 16th notes at a metronome speed of quarter note = 88. Using a metronome to establish tempo is encouraged. 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.

Color Instruments

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 alan@ihsma.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.
2020 IOWA ALL-STATE BAND AUDITION ETUDES

Flute: Selected Studies for Flute by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank

Oboe: Selected Studies for Oboe by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank

Bassoon: Method for Bassoon by J. Weissenborn/50 Studies section in back of book (Catalogue #CU96).

Clarinet Bb: Selected Studies for Clarinet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank

Low Clarinet (Bass and Contra): Advanced Studies from the Works of J. Weissenborn: arr. Rhoads, Pub. by Southern

Saxophone: Selected Studies for Saxophone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank

Trumpet: Selected Studies for Trumpet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank

NOTE: 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

Trombone & Euphonium: Selected Studies for Trombone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank  NOTE: Do NOT use the Selected Studies for Baritone book!!!

NOTE: 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

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

NOTE: 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 should be recorded in the following order with each number representing a “section” that must be recorded without break (no editing or splicing within a given “section”). 

  1. Solo;
  2. Snare
    • Etude
    • Multiple Bound Roll
    • Double Stroke Roll
  3. Mallet
    • Etude
    • Scales;
      • Major Scales: performed in this order C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb/F#, B, E, A, D, and G
      • Chromatic Scale
  4. Timpani
    • Etude
    • Clear the lowest drum’s pitch and then demonstrate how to tune that drum to a low G.

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 (1:30) 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. Perform all MAJOR scales in this order C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb/F#, B, E, A, D, and G.  The major scales should be performed two (2) octaves, ascending and descending and DO NOT need to be memorized for the recording process. The major scales must be performed in 16th notes at a metronome speed of quarter note = 88. Using a metronome to establish tempo is encouraged.
    Either of the following rhythm patterns is acceptable: 
  2. Play a chromatic scale the full range of the instrument, ascending and descending, in 4 – 16th notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 88.
  3. All major scales and chromatic scale should be recorded in succession with just a slight break between each scale.
  4. Demonstrate proper grip and stroke.
  5. Demonstrate correct tone to include proper playing area and choice of mallets.

Timpani: [Tuning gauges are not to be used.]

 

  1. Clear the lowest drum’s pitch and then demonstrate how to tune that drum to a low G.
  2. Demonstrate proper grip and stroke.
  3. Demonstrate correct tone to include proper playing area and choice of mallets.
 
 
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  2.  
  3. Required etudes for snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, crash cymbals and tambourine:
    • Snare: Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone: Pub. by Belwin
      • #18 (p.20) – Perform the entire etude.
    • Mallet: Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #5, available on the IHSMA website.(click here)Start at meas. 10, bt. 1 and perform to the end of the etude.
    • 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 #3, available on the IHSMA website. (click here)  – Perform the entire etude.
        [3 Timpani (pitch changes)]. (TUNING GAUGES ARE NOT TO BE USED!)
SELECTION OF THE ORCHESTRA

The anticipated instrumentation of the All-State Orchestra is as follows (Please note that Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions may require us to alter ensemble size.  Directors will be notified of any changes as they occur. Any changes in size will be announced prior to audition.):

  1. 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
  2. Band auditors will select the following instruments for the All-State Orchestra:
    6 Flutes/Piccolo 6 Trumpets
    6 Oboes/English Horn 4 Trombones
    6 Clarinets 2 Bass Trombones
    6 Bassoons 2 Tubas
    8 French Horns 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. The All-State string audition should be recorded in the following order with each number representing a “section” that must be recorded without break (no editing or splicing within a given “section”). 

    1. Solo;
    2. excerpts in the order provided (each excerpt is it’s own “section”);
    3. Major Scales (all scales should be recorded in succession with just a slight break between each scale); (revised 7/28/2020)
      • Major Scales: performed in this order C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb/F#, B, E, A, D, and G
  5. 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. 
    2. Play all five of 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 27, or they may be obtained by calling the IHSMA office and requesting them.
    3. Violins, Violas, Cellos, String Bass: Play all of  the major scales in this order C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb/F#, B, E, A, D, G 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.  All scales should be recorded in succession with just a slight break between each scale. (edited 7/28/2020)
  6. Harp – Students may register to audition on harp and another instrument or voice part. Students who are successful will serve as harpist for the ensemble designated and will not be permitted a second audition on another instrument or voice part.  Harpists intending to provide a second audition recording should notify the IHSMA office of that intent (email alan@ihsma.org). 
  7. Harpists should prepare an audition VIDEO mp4 file and have their directors upload the recording in the same manner they will for all other string auditions. Videos must be uploaded by October 19, 2020 by 5 PM to be considered (please plan accordingly). Students selected will be announced via the IHSMA website on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The recording should contain the following:
    1. A two-minute portion of a solo or etude of their choice
    2. The excerpts in the order they are provided that are available online or from the IHSMA office
  8. 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 alan@ihsma.org by Friday, November 6, 2020.  Finalists will be posted online by Monday, November 16, 2020 and will audition for selection as part of the regular chair placement proceedings in Ames, Thursday, November 19, 2020.
  9. 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 alan@ihsma.org by Friday, November 6, 2020.  Finalists will be posted online by Monday, November 16, 2020 and will audition for selection as part of the regular chair placement proceedings in Ames, Thursday, November 19, 2020.
  10. Bass Clarinet parts for the orchestra music will be provided in each clarinet folder.  Clarinet players interested in auditioning for the Bass Clarinet part should prepare an audition mp3 recording and email it to alan@ihsma.org by Friday, November 6, 2020.  Finalists will be posted online by Monday, November 16, 2020 and will audition for selection as part of the regular chair placement proceedings in Ames, Thursday, November 19, 2020.
  11. 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.  Horns,and  tubas will still receive their assigned parts.

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. The All-State Chorus audition will be a SOLO audition this year on one of the following voice parts: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, or Bass. 
  2. The maximum number of entries for one school is 28 students – 7 singers allowed per voice part. Music need not be memorized for auditions.
  3. 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. It is anticipated that a total of 600 voices will be selected – 150 on each choral (SATB) part. (Please note that Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions may require us to alter ensemble size.  Directors will be notified of any changes as they occur. Any changes in size will be announced prior to audition.) 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 determined after all audition videos have been uploaded
  4. Students auditioning will be identified to the auditor by ONLY: performance order, name of singer, and voice part. 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. Performers may not display the school name, mascot or emblem in any manner.
  5. Singers may NOT wear school concert attire for auditions (this includes robes, tuxedos, and formal gowns).
  6. Directors will be notified of audition results on Saturday evening, October 24, 2020.  Audition results will be publicly posted on Sunday, October 25, 2020. 
  7. Materials to be used for auditions will be posted online (www.ihsma.org) at 8:00 AM on Friday, September 25, 2020 and will consist of portions of the chosen All-State Chorus selections.
  8. All vocal auditions are a cappella.
  9. For auditions, singers can obtain their starting pitches in any manner necessary.  If the director is providing the starting pitch for the student the director should not be visible in the video recording nor should their voice be heard.
  10. 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 students. The intonation score is used as a tie breaker when needed.
  11. All selections must be performed in the designated key.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Auditioning singers 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.
  15. Director’s notes are included with the music and can be found on the IHSMA website – see here.
  16. All-State Chorus Soloists:
    • There are no soloists required for this year’s choral selections.
  17. Five All-State Chorus selections (in addition to the patriotic works) will be released on July 27, 2020. The sixth piece will be released and distributed to the accepted students at the first chorus rehearsal in Ames on Friday, November 21, and will be taught to the students by the All-State Chorus Conductor, Dr. Bruce Chamberlain.
ALL-STATE PIANISTS

The 2020 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 21, 2020.  NOTE:  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 the audition process 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 a different instrument or voice part. Pianists intending to audition on a second instrument or voice part should notify the IHSMA office of that intent (email alan@ihsma.org) prior to audition day. 

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 Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.
  2. 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.
  3. The candidate MAY use a student page-turner 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 chorus will be required at rehearsals on Thursday evening, November 19th, 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 10. Vocal Alternates may be selected up until Tuesday, November 17, 2020. 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.

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 Sunday, October 25, 2020 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

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the All-State Festival ticketing price and procedure is yet to be determined.  That process and procedure will be announced as soon as it has been developed and approved.

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 at 515-451-7154. Chorus members, or their director, should telephone Jason Heitland, Clear Lake at 641-355-3660.

CONCERT DRESS

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.

MISCELLANEOUS ARRANGEMENTS
  1. Complimentary Tickets (tentative due to Covid-19): 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.
  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.