2019 - 2020 All State Chorus Information

  1. Application: Online application forms will be available in September. An $8.00 non-refundable commitment fee per student will be assessed and due by the application deadline. A complete and on time application includes that the nomination form and commitment fee are received for each student by the deadline. Late applications (3 business-day grace) must be pre-approved by the Executive Director at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com at least three business days prior to the deadline and a fee of $40 per student must be included with the late application.

  2. Requirements: ● Students must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland and meet the class membership and grade designations in order to be eligible to participate in the All State auditions. ● Students must be enrolled in a school chorus class to audition. ● Students must be in grades 7-9 to audition for All State Junior Chorus or in grades 10-12 to audition for All State Senior Chorus. ● 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. Review the specifics regarding eligibility. Please note: All communications are with the music school teacher/director. Students and parents/guardians must work directly with and communicate directly with the music school teacher/director. Alternate files, formats, and links are not provided unless a request for accessibility due to a documented disability exists and is forwarded by the music teacher/director.

  3. Audition Procedures: ● In the event that a student arrives at the audition site with the incorrect audition music prepared, the student will be given the correct music and up to one hour to prepare the correct music before the audition. ● 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 Executive Office in writing at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com, as soon as possible, and provide the specifics. MCEA strongly supports and expects decisions that are most appropriate for individual vocal health. 

  4. Contact: mceapresidentmd@gmail.com with questons regarding music requirements and audition procedures. Contact: mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com regarding eligibility, application process, or payments.

Teachers interested in being considered to assist with auditions or in being a chaperone for the All State weekends should complete this online form: coming soon!


Junior Chorus and Senior Chorus Audition Requirements

A. Performance Selections

1. Accompanied Piece

  • Junior Chorus - Judea, Happy Land - Handel, Public Domain, SATB

  • Senior Chorus - He Trusted in God - Handel, Public Domain, SATB

● Be prepared to sing your part in the assigned piece. Music must be downloaded from the MMEA web page. ● The students must sing the entire piece in the correct octave. Practice tracks are available on the MMEA website. ● Students may bring their own music to use in the audition room, but music will not be supplied at auditions.

2. A Cappella Piece

  • Junior Chorus - The Water is Wide

  • Senior Chorus - Irish Folksong

● Be prepared to sing the assigned piece from memory and without accompaniment, exactly as the pitches and rhythms are printed and in the correct octave. ● Students are expected to use the expressive elements and the suggested tempo indicated in the a cappella piece. ● Students will sing in the designated keys for each voice part. The tonic chord, scale, and tonic chord again will be played on the audition recording. ● Students must find their starting pitch from the final chord.

B. Sight Reading

1. Rhythmic Sight Reading

  • Students will perform two rhythmic sight reading examples using their preferred rhythm sight reading method (e.g., clapping, syllables, etc.).

  • Students will be given 45 seconds of 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 perform two melodic sight reading examples using their preferred melodic sight reading method (e.g., solfege, numbers, neutral syllables, etc.)


Senior Chorus Audition Music

Senior Chorus - He Trusted in God

 Senior Chorus - Irish Folksong

Senior Chorus - Rhythmic & Melodic Sight-Reading

Junior Chorus Audition Music

Junior Chorus - Judea, Happy Land

Junior Chorus - The Water is Wide

Junior Chorus - Rhythmic & Melodic Sight-Reading


Adjudication Resources

Teachers interested in being considered to assist with auditions or in being a chaperone for the All State weekends should complete this online form: coming soon!