All State Audition Information for Classroom Teachers:              


In Maryland, students have many opportunities to audition for statewide groups; to perform in solo and ensemble events at the District and State levels; and to take part in school bands, choruses and orchestras that perform for adjudication. Making those opportunities available for your students can help “drive” the music curriculum for you. Take advantage of these opportunities for your students. Complete the online application by the deadline. Review in detail the audition requirements and assist your students in the process. Every student in your class will benefit if even a few of your students are striving for a higher level of excellence. You will also enhance your professional growth. Their dedication, and yours, will give new energy to the entire ensemble! Mark Your Calendars. Please take time to plan and mark your calendars. Note the deadline dates for All State groups for students in grades 7 through 12 and for Solo and Ensemble events for students in grades 6 through 12 (see calendar). Maryland is one of the few states that does not require teachers to be members of NAfME/MMEA for students to participate. Review the website and event blog frequently to stay updated. Best wishes for a great musical school year!


Read the student eligibility policy if there are questions. Students must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland and meet the class membership and grade designations to be eligible to participate. Remember that your electronic signature and your principal’s electronic signature attest to the eligibility of the listed students as well as to the appropriate grade levels. Separate forms will be available online for teachers and principals.

Applications will be available online. Online application forms will be available in September. An $8.00 non-refundable commitment fee per student will be assessed and due at the time of application. September 27 is the application deadline for All State Junior audutions (Grades 7-9) and October 4 is the application deadline for All State Senior auditions (Grades 10-12): submitted by the music teacher/director only.

Because the events are on different weekends, a student in grades 7, 8, or 9 may audition for and participate in All State Junior Band and either the All State Junior Chorus or All State Junior Orchestra, if eligibility requirements have been met for both groups. Please indicate such nominations on the forms so that such students will be scheduled appropriately. MMEA requires a statement from both music teachers, indicating that the student is aware of the added pressure of preparing two auditions and is prepared for the possibility of being rejected twice.

Eligible students in grades 10 through 12 may audition for the All State Jazz Band in addition to the All State Senior Band or Orchestra. Teachers must complete the nomination process for Senior Band or Orchestra AND the Videotape Authentication Form available from the County Music Supervisors. The deadline for the DVD auditions is December 4.

Complete the online application and submit the committment fee. Details for the application are below:

There is no limit on the number of students who may audition. Once you have completed the forms, print them for your records. Complete the online application using The committment fee must also be submitted online. Cash will not be accepted via the mail nor onsite. The late fee is $40.00 per student (late applications must be pre-approved by the Executive Director at Parent/Guardian confirmation forms and Principal confirmation forms will be available online separately.

  • No nomination is accepted by mail, fax, or email.

  • No jazz audition recordings as uploads will be accepted after December 4. Late fees do not apply for jazz auditions. Late applications are ineligibile.

  • If you wish acknowledgment or receipt of your form, print the confirmation screen after you complete the application. The MMEA Executive Office will not verify receipt due to capacity and volume.

Please note: Late applications (3 business-day grace) must be pre-approved by the Executive Director at and a fee of $40 per student must be included with the late application.


  • Schedules for auditions and the sites will be sent via email and/or posted to a password protected page on the website. And be sure to check your spam settings.

  • All instrumental auditions (band and orchestra) are tentatively at Edgewood High School in Harford County.

  • Choral auditions are at three sites across the state. (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Frederick Counties). Make sure you check an audition site on each choral form. Students may audition at different sites, and please mark one site for each application.

  • All Junior auditions are November 16. All Senior auditions are November 23. Jazz auditions are via submitted online and are due on December 4. There are no exceptions.

Please note: Late applications (3 business-day grace) must be pre-approved by the Executive Director at and a fee of $40 per student must be included with the late application.

Rehearsal and Performances

  1. All State Junior Band, All State Senior Band and All State Senior Orchestra, All State Senior Mixed Chorus, and All State Senior Treble Chorus, March 12-15, 2020, Baltimore Convention Center and Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

  2. All State Jazz Band, February 20-22, 2020, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), in Baltimore, Maryland.

  3. All State Junior Chorus and All State Junior Orchestra, February 21-23, 2020, Towson, Maryland

 Fees and Policy

  • Fees for selected All State members are non-refundable. All students will be housed two students to a room. View the 2020 All State Event Blog.

  • Teachers, note the policy concerning eligibility for the All Eastern groups. The audition scores from the November 2019 auditions will determine the All Eastern nominations from Maryland.

The Maryland policy states: “Any student who is selected for an All Eastern Band, Chorus, Jazz Band or Orchestra or a national group sponsored by the National Association for Music Education MUST be a participant in the Maryland All State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band or Orchestra during the school year PRECEDING and INCLUDING the year in which the student is selected for such an organization.”

The students who will be nominated in the summer of 2020 may be notified of acceptance in the 2021 All Eastern ensemble before the 2020 Maryland All State results are published. A student will be disqualified from the All Eastern Ensemble unless he or she participated in the Maryland All State ensemble in 2019, and auditioned and made the accepted list for the 2020 Maryland All State ensemble, based on the November, 2019 auditions. There are no exceptions to this policy.


Only the Maryland State literature lists for Band, Chorus and Orchestra may be used for District and State Band, Chorus and Orchestra Festivals/ Assessments. For Distinct and State Wind and Percussion and String Solo and Ensemble Festivals, only the Maryland lists may be used with two exceptions: guitar solos and harp solos may be selected from a NYSSMA Manual published within the past 10 years (2006 and forward; manuals published every 3 years). For District and State Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festivals, the music must be selected from the Maryland List for Solo literature and ensemble literature.


The Maryland lists are available at no cost on the MMEA Web page ( Choose “Teaching Area” and the list desired. Example: Select “Chorus,” once on the choral page, scroll right to see the lists and documents, including the Policies and Procedures, and select the desired list or document.

The NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association, the New York equivalent of MMEA), is used for guitar and harp solo lists. To order the most recent edition of the NYSSMA Manual (2015), send a check or purchase order for $60 plus $18 shipping payable to NYSSMA, to NYSSMA Manual, c/o Kathy Struzik, 535 Rondo Lane, Webster, NY 14580-1214. Phone is 716-670-9252; or order online directly at Select “Manual,” and enter credit card and shipping information. Teachers may check with their county music office to review the lists, if the office has purchased the NYSSMA Manual.


Please review the website first for any questions, as that is often the quickest source of information. Then, call the MMEA Exective Office and leave a voice mail. Teachers should be the source of information.