The 2021 All-State Music Festival Audition Materials have been posted and can be found here: https://ihsma.org/all-state-audition-information-2021/
The Iowa High School Music Association, Iowa High School Speech Association, Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, in response to recommendations from input from our “Ad Hoc Committee”, have implemented a “Family Week” on the Unified Activities Federation Calendar. “Family Week” is a week in the unified activity federation calendar that prohibits any coach or teacher/student contact and any unified activity federation event from occurring. That period will include Saturday through Sunday of week 3 and Week 4 of the calendar and will begin July 25, 2021 through August 1, 2021. The Iowa High School Music Association supports “Family Week” and therefore there can be no music activities within the IHSMA member schools during that week. All high school students, including incoming 9th graders, are covered under the rule and are not to have contact (on or off school premises) with teachers nor use school facilities during the eight day period.
The IHSMA recognizes that some communities have longstanding community performances that might occur during this week that cannot be altered. A waiver will be provided for school music programs that have a longstanding community performance occurring within that week that requires student/teacher participation and that cannot be changed to accommodate this week. Schools must apply for a waiver by May 1 of each year, identifying the conflict, and explaining why the event cannot be moved outside of the designated “Family Week”.
Jazz Band Festival Postponements/Cancellations:
- Fort Dodge – postponed due to weather until Monday, February 1, 2021
- Union, La Porte City – postponed – plans TBD
The results of the 2020 All-State Music Festival Auditions have been posted. Those results can be accessed here: http://www.ihsma2.org/Phase3/as_accepted_report.aspx
Note: There is a dropdown in the top center of the screen for navigating between the band, chorus, and orchestra results.
The All-State Chorus Audition Cuts have now been released and can be found here: https://ihsma.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/ASChorusAuditionCuts2020.pdf
RE: IHSMA State Marching Band Festival
The Executive Committee of the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) has been concerned for student health and safety as it relates to the musical activities it oversees since the Covid-19 pandemic began this past spring. IHSMA has been in constant contact with other state organizations as well as leaders across the nation.
Through the assistance of the NFHS/CBDNA aerosol study’s preliminary results and the mitigation strategies suggested, IHSMA has issued Return to Learn guidance for the Band, Choir, and Orchestra classroom. That guidance was released Wednesday, July 15, 2020. That guidance suggests mitigation strategies that, according to IHSMA’s best understanding at this moment, significantly reduce the risk of aerosol disbursement within the music classroom setting (indoors and outdoors). It is IHSMA’s belief that with proper strategic planning, it can be safe to hold rehearsals and home performances.
Marching Band festivals pose a different challenge regarding student, teacher, and volunteer staff safety. The health risks associated with transportation of the large number of students involved in marching band for extended periods of time, as well as the health and safety risks posed by bringing students and spectators from multiple communities to a single location are challenges IHSMA has determined cannot be overcome at this time through the mitigation strategies currently available. To that end, the Executive Committee of the Iowa High School Music Association is canceling the traditional IHSMA State Marching Band Festival and has instructed the Executive Director to explore options for providing an online festival experience for those bands wishing to participate.
All-State Audition “cuts”
All-State Audition “cuts” for Woodwind, Brass, String, Percussion, and Vocal students will be posted here at 5:00 AM, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.
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Below is an important message from the All-State Chorus Conductor, Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier and ICDA, Vice-President, Jill Wilson.
Iowa High School Choral Teachers,
As the Iowa High School Music Association announced in February, students selected for the 2019 All-State Chorus will learn the previously unknown piece at the Festival via hand-sign solfege, rather than by rote, as has been done in the past. The Iowa Choral Directors Association is committed to assisting choral educators to teach music literacy skills and knowledge to all their students and, to that end, ICDA sponsored eight workshops in four locations throughout the state during June and July. Sessions on music literacy were also offered at the July ICDA Summer Symposium. To provide further assistance, we offer a plethora of charts and readers on the ICDA and IHSMA websites.
Students selected for the All-State Chorus will need to demonstrate facility with each of these and with additional materials that will be made available to accepted students. As we continue to reiterate, students will need to be able to think and hear in solfege in order to be successful in the rehearsal process of the previously unknown piece.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier, All-State conductor (firstname.lastname@example.org), for assistance in learning how to improve your students’ music literacy skills and knowledge. We all want Iowa choral students to become independent musicians who will find joy in lifelong singing. Making sure that they have the skills, knowledge, and affective experiences that guarantee success in school choral programs and beyond is the foundational way to make this happen. We’re happy to help you in any way so please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.
Jill Wilson, D.M.A.
Associate Professor and Coodinator of Music Education
Vice-President, Iowa Choral Directors Association
Aimee Beckmann-Collier, D.M.A.
Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor Emerita of Conducting
Des Moines, IA 50311
Please understand that students struggling with the use of hand-sign solfege will not be disciplined in any way. Those students will simply find it difficult to learn the music on site and navigate the rehearsals and sectionals planned.
Executive Director, Iowa High School Music Association
Festival Director, Iowa All-State Music Festival