High School Orchestra

High School Orchestra

2021-22

Update for HS Auditions
  • HS Band, Jazz, and Orchestra instrumental auditions will be held by video again this year using the format put in place last year.
  • Late Deadline #3 is eliminated for instrumental groups. Videos will be due by Nov. 3.
  • HS Choir auditions will be held in person, as scheduled.
Clinicians
Gold: Doug Spata
Blue: Joseph Keeney

Important Dates
Oct. 13 - Audition Registration Deadline - $12 per audition
Oct. 27 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 - $25 per audition
Nov. 1 - Alternate Auditions @ Blue Valley North
Nov. 3 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 - $50 per audition
Nov. 3 - Audition Videos must be entered by this date. Late videos cannot be accepted.
Nov. 6 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 - on-site registration $100 per audition
Nov. 6 - Video Judging of Auditions @ Gardner-Edgerton HS
Dec. 4 - Clinics & Concerts @ Olathe West HS

Participation
Students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 may audition for ECKMEA HS Orchestra. Students in grades 9-12 that make the District orchestra and participate in the ECKMEA December mini-convention will be eligible to audition for KMEA All-State instrumental groups.

Audition Registration
Audition registration must be entered online in the KMEA Members site.

Fees
Generate your fee invoice using the ECKMEA Invoice Generator.

Auditions
Audition judging will be held Saturday, November 6 at Gardner-Edgerton HS. Teachers are expected to help with the event. Sign ups will be available at the ECKMEA meeting. Blind Auditions (students can dress comfortably). Encouraged to bring a music stand for the warm-up area. There will be snacks available for purchase.
7:00 AM - Director Meeting. Follow signs to find location of orchestra directors room.
7:30 AM - Student Registration

Audition Excerpts
Audition excerpts and scales are available for download at the KMEA website. ksmea.org/hsorchestra/excerpts/

Performance
The ECKMEA Orchestras rehearsal/performance will be held on Saturday, December 4, at Olathe West High School. Students are expected to wear their school's concert uniform (black dress or tuxedo). Literature will be chosen soon and practice copies will be sent to directors in November.

If chosen for the District Orchestra, students are expected to participate for the entire event- NO EXCEPTIONS. Please note that the first Saturday in December is a popular testing day, and a student must be present for the entire convention to be eligible to audition for state orchestra. Please make arrangements to NOT test on the convention date if planning to audition for state orchestra.
 
Chairperson
Jonathan Wiebe
Shawnee Mission-South HS
5800 W. 107th St
Shawnee Mission, KS 66207
w: 913-993-7500
Important Dates - HS Orchestra
Aug. 31, 2021 - Tue
Annual Business Meeting
via Zoom
Oct. 13, 2021 - Wed
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Orchestra
$12 per audition
Oct. 27, 2021 - Wed
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 — HS Orchestra
$25 per audition
Nov. 1, 2021 - Mon
Alternate Auditions - HS Honor Groups
Blue Valley North HS, 7:00 PM
Nov. 3, 2021 - Wed
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 — Instrumental Ensembles
$50 per audition
Nov. 3, 2021 - Wed
HS Instrumental Video Audition Entry Deadline
Late entries will not be accepted
Nov. 5, 2021 - Fri
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 — HS Choir only
$50 per audition
Nov. 6, 2021 - Sat
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 — HS Choir only
$100 per audition
Nov. 6, 2021 - Sat
Auditions - District HS Honor Groups
Gardner-Edgerton HS
Band, Jazz, & Orchestra: Video Auditions
Choir: In-Person Auditions
Dec. 4, 2021 - Sat
Mini-Conventions
HS Choir: Shawnee Mission NWHS
ML/Elem Choirs: Shawnee Mission North HS
Orchestra: Olathe West HS
Band: Blue Valley HS & Blue Valley North HS
Specific locations for each band will be posted soon

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