ALL-STATE AUDITION INFO
What is it? The Texas Music Educators Association hosts the annual All-State Choir audition process. Students in grades 9-12 compete against singers from across the state on their respective voice part vying for a spot in either the Texas All-State Mixed Choir, Texas All-State Treble Choir, or the Texas All-State Men’s Choir. The audition process usually begins in September with a series of auditions, the final audition occurring the first Saturday in January.
How much will it cost? The audition fee is a one time cost of $20. Also, many students opt to attend summer camps that have various costs. It is recommended that students take private voice lessons during the summer and school year. Please contact Mrs. Jezek for more information about private voice.
How much time does it take? How much time do you have? Yes, the best way to make the All-State choir is to practice more than your competition. Summer lessons and summer camps are a great start. I encourage all auditioners to practice at least 30 minutes everyday on their music and sight-reading. Also, Mrs. Jezek will work with auditioners individually and in groups during their choir class.
What about the camps? The BHS choir department encourages students to attend at least one summer camp. There is a large amount of music to be learned and a summer camp will properly prepare the music for the first audition. For suggestions for camps, contact Mrs. Jezek.
How do I get the music? Music packets should be available after Memorial Day. Packets should be pruchased at Pender’s Music Company in Denton and the cost is $11.50. Also, the ever important All-State rehearsal tracks will be available later in the summer for download. There are two tracks per song. The tracks will have the voice part being sung and the other will have only the piano accompaniment.
How do the auditions work? Students will sing a protion of two or three songs from the list of all-state music called a “cut”. They will sing the cut by themselves for a group of five judges who are hidden behind a screen. The judges consider the knowledge of the music and quality of singing and rank students from highest to lowest. All students will also sight-read a short line of music. Students are given 30 seconds to study the line and then sight sing the exercise. The scoring is on a 300 point scale using Olympic scoring system (drop the highest and lowest scores and average the rest).
Do I have a chance to make it? It is very difficult to make the All-State choir. Over 15,000 students start the process in August and only abut 350 make one of the All-State choirs. Although the odds seem very long, you will never know how far you can get unless you try! And your hard work will make you a better musician no matter the outcome.
Is it worth all this time and effort? First off, it doesn’t take that much time and effort in the grand scheme of things. Consistent practice is the key to success. But yes, it is very much worth the time and effort. Even if a student does not make the first audition, the lessons learned and the vocal growth that will occur will improve the individual singer. Students that make the Region choir will enjoy the experience of working with an excellent clinician and singing with talented and music loving students from around the area. Students that make the All-State choir will be recognized as dedicated and high quality musicians. All-State singers get to work with a renowned All-State clinician, meet like-minded and highly talented students from across the State, be a part of the largest music convention in the world, and parents, don’t forget college night, where universities from all over the country recruit All-State performers with scholarships, and an awesome All-State Concert attended by every choir director in the State of Texas.
I’m still not sure… Contact Mrs. Jezek and we’ll talk about it and make sure that All-State auditions are right for you. This is a wonderful experience if approached with the right attitude and work ethic. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.