High School Orchestra


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.
Instructions for Audition Video
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

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.

Generate your fee invoice using the ECKMEA Invoice Generator.

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/

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.
Cecily Mahan
Olathe-North HS
600 E Prairie St
Olathe, KS 66061
w: 913-780-7140
Important Dates - HS Orchestra
Aug. 30, 2022 - Tue
Annual Business Meeting
Gardner-Edgerton HS
5:30 - Mentoring meet & greet
6:30 - General Business & break-out meetings
Oct. 12, 2022 - Wed
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Orchestra
$12 per audition
Oct. 26, 2022 - Wed
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 — HS Orchestra
$25 per audition
Oct. 31, 2022 - Mon
Alternate Auditions - HS Honor Groups
Blue Valley North HS, 7:00 PM
Nov. 4, 2022 - Fri
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 — All HS Ensembles
$50 per audition
Nov. 5, 2022 - Sat
District HS Honor Group Live Auditions
Gardner-Edgerton HS
Dec. 3, 2022 - Sat
HS Choir: Shawnee Mission NWHS
ML/Elem Choirs: Shawnee Mission North HS
Orchestra: Olathe West HS
Band: Blue Valley HS & Blue Valley North HS

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