2017-2018 All State Senior Choruses Information
Information and Requirements:
Auditions for the All State Senior Mixed Chorus and All State Senior Treble Chorus will be Saturday November 18, 2017. Students must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland and meet the class membership and grade designations (grades 10 - 12) to be eligible to participate in the All State auditions.
To participate in the Maryland All State activities, a student must be enrolled in a chorus class. In high schools in which an alternative scheduling program is operating, the student may participate in the year in which he or she earns a full credit. Any questions should be directed to the MMEA Executive Director by the Choral Teacher at the numbers provided in this publication. Students and parents are not to call.
There will be three audition sites:
1. Broadneck High School, Anne Arundel County
2. Perry Hall Middle School, Baltimore County
3. Urbana High School, Frederick County
Copy the application page as many times as needed. Please indicate your preferred audition site. If your students need to go to different sites, use one form for each site requested. Send the completed form in this handbook to be received by the MMEA Executive Director no later than October 6, 2017. Use one form for every ten students who will audition. No limit will be placed upon the number from each school; however, please be sure that all singers meet the range requirements on the next page.
There will be divisi auditions for sopranos but not altos, tenors, or basses. Each student will audition for the teacher/student identified voice part that is in the most comfortable vocal range. If a voice change occurs after the registration, the teacher must contact the MMEA Office as soon as possible. MCEA strongly supports and expects decisions that are most appropriate for individual vocal health.
Vocal evaluations will be based primarily on:
1. Vocal quality, blendability
2. Performance accuracy of sung selections
3. Ability to read and sing accurately and on pitch
A. Performance Selections
1. Accompanied Piece
Be prepared to sing your part in “Let Their Celestial Concerts,” by G. F. Handel, Public Domain, SATB, key of C, quarter = 90. Click Link Below for music. The students will sing the song in the correct octave. Public school teachers should obtain a CD from their music office. Private school teachers should obtain the CD from Jim Turk, DeMatha Catholic High School. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a mailing address. Photocopies may be used. Music will not be supplied at auditions
2. A Cappella Piece
Be prepared to sing from memory and without accompaniment “Shenandoah” exactly as the notes and rhythms are printed and in the correct octave. Students will sing in the following keys: Soprano I: A major, Soprano II: F major, Alto: B-flat major, Tenor: G major, Bass: C major. (Click link below) Students are expected to use the expressive elements and the suggested tempo as indicated in the a cappella piece. The tonic chord, scale, and tonic chord again will be played on the audition CD. Students must find their starting pitch from the final chord
B. Sight Reading:
Teachers of visually impaired students should consult the policies and procedures posted online, and notify the MMEA office of the preferred method for any such students.
1. Rhythmic Sight Reading
Students will be asked to perform two rhythmic sight reading examples. They may choose to clap, tap, say syllables, or whatever method is used in class. One example will be in 3/4 and one in 4/4 time. The examples will be four measures long and may include a variety of time signatures and rhythmic values. Syncopated patterns may be included. See examples. The students will be given a short practice time and can practice out loud or silently. Students will be asked to establish their tempo by counting one full measure before beginning the example.
2. Melodic Sight Reading
Students will be asked to perform two melodic sight reading examples. They may choose to sing on syllables, numbers, or a neutral vowel. The examples will be four measures in length, and will include any pitches in the major scale, and may be in a variety of key signatures. Examples will be presented in treble and bass clefs. See examples.
All students selected for the Maryland All State Senior Choruses will receive custom rehearsal tracks with their voice part and the accompaniment for each piece on the program.
The Senior Mixed Chorus and Senior Treble Chorus will rehearse from March 9-11, 2018 in Baltimore. The concerts will be on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Morgan State University.
Teachers interested in being considered to assist with auditions or in being a chaperone should contact All State Senior Chorus Manager Nathan Carns at email@example.com.