Maryland Music Educators Association

2013 Application Deadlines

October 4 - Junior All State (Grades 7, 8, 9)
 October 11 - Senior All State (Grades 10, 11, 12)
 December 13 - All State Jazz taped/DVD audition receipt deadline

2013 Audition Dates/ Locations

 November 16 - Junior Band & Orchestra at Edgewood High School in Harford County -
2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, MD 21040 
 November 16 - Junior Chorus at 3 locations:
 - Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore County
November 23 - Senior Band & Orchestra at Edgewood High School in Harford County -
2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, MD 21040 
 November 23 - Senior  Chorus at 3 locations:
 - Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore County
All State Auditions!
All State audition information will be posted here soon and available through all school music teachers.  All State Application forms are made available to all school music teachers in the All State Audition Handbook.  These were mailed to NAfME/ MMEA members in August.  School music teachers that are not members may request one by contacting the MMEA office.
Student Eligibility
MMEA sponsors state-wide student activities which are grade and class (band, chorus, orchestra ) specific. The activities adhere to guidelines establishes by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) of which MMEA is a state-affiliate. Prior to 1980, only students of MMEA members were allowed to participate in any state-wide activities. Currently, by agreement with the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM), students of MMEA members and non-members are eligible to participate in state-wide activities according to the following policies:

1. Only students enrolled in band, chorus, or orchestra classes in Maryland public and private schools in the appropriate grade designation may audition for and participate in state-wide activities.

2. Only the music teacher who teaches the specific band, chorus or orchestra class may initiate the application process for his or her students to audition or participate in state-wide activities.

3. All applications must be signed by the teacher and the school principal, attesting to the eligibility of the listed students as members of the specific classes.

4. Students in high schools in which alternate scheduling models are in operation are eligible to participate in state-wide activities only in the years in which they receive a full credit for those classes.

5. Regardless of their musical ability, students who choose not to participate in their school band, chorus, or orchestra class for any reason are not eligible to participate in MMEA state-wide activities in the years in which they are not part of their school ensembles.

Remember that your signature and your principal’s signature attest to the eligibility of the listed students as well as to the appropriate grade levels.
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 Video Tape authentication Form that accompanies the Video Taped Jazz Audition. The deadline for the taped/DVD auditions is December 13.
To make the Friday,October 4, 2013 receipt deadline for Junior Groups (Grades 7, 8 and 9), nominations should be mailed by October 1 or shipped UPS on October 3. (Normal UPS delivery within the State of Maryland is the next-day without any additional fee.)

To make the October 11 date for receipt of Senior groups (Grades 10, 11 and 12), nominations must be mailed by October 8 or shipped UPS on October 10.

Copy the forms as often as needed.
List no more than 10 students per form. Send as many forms as needed. There is no limit on the number of student who may audition. Once you have completed the forms, photocopy them for your records. SEND THE FORMS WITH ORIGINAL SIGNATURES to the MMEA Office to be received by the deadline. The late fee is $35.00 per student.


    No jazz audition tapes or DVD’s will be accepted after December 13. Late fees do not apply.

    No nomination is accepted by FAX.

    If you wish acknowledgment of receipt of the forms, include a self-addressed postcard or envelope, with sufficient postage for return to you.

    All instrumental auditions (band and orchestra) are 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. Your students may audition at different sites, but please mark one site for each application.

    All Junior auditions are Saturday, November 16. All Senior auditions for are Saturday. November 23. Jazz auditions are on video tape or DVD and are due on  December 13. There are no exceptions.

    Late applications must be pre-approved by the Executive Director and a fee of $35 per student must be included with the late applications

    Schedules for auditions and specific directions to the sites will be mailed to each nominating teacher.

    Fees for selected All State members will not exceed $330 per person. All students will be housed two persons to a room.

All Eastern Ensembles

Teachers note the policy concerning eligibility for the All Eastern groups in 2013 in Hartford. The audition scores from the November, 2011 auditions determined 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 Music Educators National Conference 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 were nominated in the spring of 2012 may be notified of acceptance in the 2013 All Eastern ensemble before the 2013 Maryland All State results are published. A student will be disqualified from the All Eastern Ensemble unless they participated in the Maryland ensemble in 2012 and auditioned and made the accepted list for 2013. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Rehearsal/ Performance Schedule
 All State Junior Band, All State Senior Band, All State Senior Orchestra, All State Senior Mixed Chorus and All State Women's Chorus  -  February 20-23, 2014, Baltimore 
 All State Junior Chorus and All State Junior Orchestra, March 7 -9, 2014, Towson
 All State Jazz Band,March 27 - 29, 2014 University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2013 Audition Requirements

Maryland Music Educators Association Office
791 Aquahart Road, Suite 117, Glen Burnie, MD 21061