All-State Audition Information – 2021

2021 All-State Music Festival Information


Registration Deadline: September 9, 2021
Penalty Deadline: September 16, 2021
Audition Dates: October 20, 2021 – Piano;
October 23, 2021 – Vocal, Woodwind, Brass, String, Percussion
Festival: November 18-20, 2021

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
  • All-State Piano Audition cuts (excerpts)

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 Dr. Rebecca Burkhart, Santa Fe, NM 
Chorus Dr. Edith Copley, Flagstaff, AZ
Band Dr. Andrew Boyesen Jr., Durham, NH
 
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 22, 2021. 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 feature a new arrangement this year and have been provided in the Choral Directors Information Packet.  Choral Directors must duplicate this music and provide a copy to each student auditioning. Copyright permission to do so have been secured. 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” and “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 9, 2021 The Penalty Deadline is September 16, 2021. A valid check or purchase order number must be submitted online on or before September 9, 2021 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 16). 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 16 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. 17or 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. 15, 2021. 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 2021 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: Joel Knipe, 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.; Evan Adamon, 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 Michael Swanson, 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 time. Solo information will also need to be entered for students auditioning instrumentally.
  3. 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.
  4. It is recommended, whenever possible, that directors “scratch” their last entry as opposed to their first.  This will shorten the day for everyone.
  5. Directors may not enter the audition room, nor attempt to communicate with the auditor in any way.  If communication with the auditor must take place, it may only occur through the room monitor or center manager.
  6. Band and orchestra members will be excused only after results have been posted and music assiged.  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.
  7. It is mandatory the posted names, instruments, parts, etc., be left intact and posted until the conclusion of the audition day.
  8. Names of alternates selectioned will be posted; howebver, there will be no music issued to those students. No instrumental alternates will be selected for participation after Tuesday, November 9th.  Choral alternates may be selected up until the first rehearsal of the All-State Chorus.
  9. 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.
  10. All students accepted into the Chorus, Band, or Orchestra should report to the audition site office immediately following notification of acceptance.  Band and Orchestra students should pick up their assigned folder.  Chorus students should pick up their acceptance packet (which includes the commissioned music – that they must then begin to prepare).
  11. 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.
  12. Director’s Note: Housing requests will be submitted online. Housing requests will not be accepted until after Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Please make sure you have a stable internet connection when making your submissions. Cell phone/smart phone connections are not recommended.
  13. 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.
  14. No student 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/
Contra-Bass Clarinets
6 Baritone Saxophones 12 Tubas
8 Percussion 1 Piano/Keyboard 4 String Bass
        1 Harp

All-State brass and woodwind entries will perform the required material in the following order for the All-State Audition:

  1. Solo;
  2. Etudes;
  3. Major Scales;
    1. Major Scale of choice (not on selected card)
    2. Major Scales on selected card;
  4. Chromatic Scale

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.  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.
  3. 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:  
  4. 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.
2021 IOWA ALL-STATE BAND AUDITION ETUDES

Flute: Selected Studies for Flute by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 10 and p.27

Oboe: Selected Studies for Oboe by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 8 and p 50

Bassoon: Method for Bassoon by J. Weissenborn/50 Studies section in back of book (Catalogue #CU96), #22 (p. 130) and #34 (p. 140)

Clarinet Bb: Selected Studies for Clarinet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 12 and p. 23

Low Clarinet (Bass and Contra): Advanced Studies from the Works of J. Weissenborn: arr. Rhoads, Pub. by Southern, #22 (p. 17) and # 34 (p. 28)

Saxophone: Selected Studies for Saxophone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 18 and p. 29

Trumpet: Selected Studies for Trumpet by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 18 and p. 53

  • 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, #35 (p. 13); #41 (p. 16); and #92 (p. 37)

Trombone & Euphonium: Selected Studies for Trombone by Voxman: Pub. by Rubank, p. 17 and p. 50

  • 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, #24 (p. 24-25) and #25 (p. 25)

  • 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 # 25 (p. 24)

  • 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 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 three (3) MAJOR scales – two (2) major scales 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. NEW: The major scales are to be memorized and performed in two (2) octaves, ascending and descending. 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. 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 by the auditor.
  2. Tune to a required pitch chosen by the 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.  
  2.  
  3. Required etudes for snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, crash cymbals and tambourine:
    • Snare: Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone: Pub. by Belwin, #6 (p. 8)
    • Mallet: Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #6, available on the IHSMA website.(click here)
    • 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 #10, available on the IHSMA website. (click here)  [3 Timpani (pitch changes)]. (TUNING GAUGES ARE NOT TO BE USED!)
    • Crash Cymbals (for Recall round only): Iowa Percussive arts Society Etude #5, available on the IHSMA website. (click here)
    • Tambourine (for Recall round only): Iowa Percussive arts Society Etude #7, available on the IHSMA website. (click here)

Chair Placement of Color Instruments for the All-State Music Festival

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 of the All-State Festival 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 of the All-State Festival 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 of the All-State Festival 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.
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 1 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 6 Percussion
  3. Piano auditors will select 1 pianist for the All-State Orchestra.
  4. The number of strings to be selected at each center is determined by the All-State Orchestra Chair after all entries have been received.
  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 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 22, 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.  
  6. NEW:  All string auditions, including recalls, will NOT be “blind”.
  7. Harpists should prepare an audition mp4 video file and email a link (use Google Drive or Dropbox link – don’t forget to set the link permissions to “anyone with link can view”) to the video to mkepolashek@msn.com (please confirm receipt of materials with Mrs. Polashek). All materials must be received by October 8, 2021 to be considered (please plan accordingly).  NEW:  Students may register to audition on harp AND another instrument/voice part.  Students who are successful will serve as harpist for the ensemble designated and will NOT be permitted a second audition on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Students selected will be announced via the IHSMA website on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. 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
    3. Label/email showing student’s name, school, and phone number.
  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 5, 2021.  Finalists will be posted online by Monday, November 8, 2021 and will audition for selection as part of the regular chair placement proceedings in Ames, Thursday, November 18, 2021.
  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 5, 2021.  Finalists will be posted online by Monday, November 8, 2021 and will audition for selection as part of the regular chair placement proceedings in Ames, Thursday, November 18, 2021. Students selected to play English Horn will still be considered to play the first oboe part in passages without English Horn parts.
  10. 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 oand 2nd trumpet parts or 3rd and 4th trumpet parts. Horns, bass trombones, and  tubas will still receive their assigned parts.
  11. Audition excerpts will be posted online (www.ihsma.org) at 5:00 a.m. and at each audition site at 8:00 a.m. on October 23, 2021

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 allowed per voice part. A student may appear in one  (1) entry only. 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.  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 at all 6 audition sites.
  4. Auditioning ensembles will be identified to the auditor by ONLY: performance time, name of singer, and voice part. 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. Performers may not display the school name, mascot or emblem 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 a.m. and at each audition site at 8:00 a.m. on October 23, 2021.
  8. All vocal auditions are a cappella.
  9. For first round auditions, singers will get their starting pitches from an adult pitch giver provided by the host site. Pitch giving instructions will appear with the first round excerpts. Example video available on the IHSMA website (here). 
  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 recalls.  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 work.  They may stop, get pitches, and then continue on if the performance has broken down to a point warranting this action. The judge or judge panel will assist in providing the needed pitches in this instance.
  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 new Eklund arrangement of “America the Beautiful” and the new Eklund arrangement of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Copies of these selections are provided as part of the Choral Director’s Information Packet and should be duplicated and provided to all choral students auditioning. The Choral Director’s Information Packet is included with the music ordered from West Music and can be found on the IHSMA website (here).
  18. All-State Chorus Soloists:
  • There will be soloists needed for this year’s All-State Festival Chorus. Students accepted into the All-State Chorus that are interested in auditioning for one of the solos should submit a video recording in the form of a google drive or dropbox link of the entire solo part to alan@ihsma.org by Thursday, November 4th. Semifinalists will be notified by Thursday, November 11 and will be asked to audition for Dr. Copley on Thursday, Nov. 18th in Ames.

Rejoice solos:

    • mm. 34-50, mezzo soprano/alto
    • mm. 50-64, tenor

The All-State Chorus will also need a bass player and trap-set player for the entire song Rejoice. Anyone interested in auditioning for the bass guitar part should contact the IHSMA office to secure a copy of the instrumental part and submit their audition video. Trap set players are asked to improvise their own drum part in a gospel style which supports the choir. Both Bass Guitar and Trap-Set auditions should be recorded while playing along with the following choir/piano recording of the song Rejoice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ikoKSlPhQ0

An example recording of the song that includes bass and drumset can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QqTB9_ptkg (This link is for informational use only and should NOT be used when creating audition recordings.)

Thixo Onothando solos:

    • A total of three tenor soloists will be utilized mm. 5-30

19. Six All-State Chorus selections (in addition to the patriotic works) will be released on July 22, 2021. The seventh piece will be released and distributed to the accepted students as part of their information packet they will pick up at their audition site upon acceptance into the All-State Chorus.

ALL-STATE PIANISTS

The 2021 festival will need piano players for the band, orchestra 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 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 and orchestra 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 20, 2021.  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. 19, 2021.
  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 will be required at rehearsals on Thursday evening, November 18th, 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 9. Vocal Alternates may be selected up until Tuesday, November 16, 2021. 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/performance area 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.

 
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 9th.

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 Monday, October 25, 2021 after 5 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 before noon on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Room assignments will be included in the students’ music folders. Warm-up facilities will also be identified in that information. 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. Warm-up facilities will also be identified in that information. 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 $25 (plus fees). All seats are reserved. A group rate of $22 (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 26 will be held and processed on October 26, 2021 beginning at 10:00 AM. Online ticket sales will also begin October 26, 2021 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 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: 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.