High School Orchestra

High School Orchestra

2020-21

SWKMEA In-Person mini-conventions are cancelled for 2020-21. Auditions for honor groups will be held online. Rosters will be published.
mp3 Auditions
We will continue to use Festival Scores for online audition management.
The SWKMEA board met via Zoom on Sep. 19 and implemented some changes which affect this ensemble. Please note the following:
  • Dec. 5 - New deadline for audition uploads
  • Dec. 13 - Judging must be completed
  • Dec. 15 - Earliest possible date for posting the final roster
  • Dec. 18 - All-State audition registration deadline ($10 rate)
The turn around between the District Roster being published and due date for State Audition registration is very quick. We suggest finding out NOW which of your students is going to want to audition for State and get their names entered on the website ASAP.

Tentatively, we'll be using the same conductor and music for the 2021 Festival as we would have for this year. Joan Crull will be contacting Brian Buckstead.

Because the ensembles are not happening in person, we will ONLY be charging an audition fee of $2 to cover the cost of the audition system.
Clinician
Brian Buckstead, Fort Hays State University

Clinic Date & Location
Saturday, Dec. 5 @ Dodge City HS

Performance Repertoire
Allegro Barbaro, Bartok/arr. Lipton
Psalm and Fugue Op. 40a, Hovhaness
Red Rhythmico, Mosier

Upload Deadline
Dec. 5 at midnight is the deadline to upload your students' auditions to FestivalScores.com. This year's chair is Summer Miller from Garden City, and she'll be in contact with all NW/SW directors with more info on this process, including the Event Tag for this year.

Festival Scores information video
Directors should watch this short video to become familiar with the Festival Scores audition system.
Audition Excerpts

Students auditioning for District orchestra or WKOF chair position will use the following selections:
[edited Oct. 2, 2020 to remove one excerpt from each instrument]

Violin
A melodic Minor Scale
State Excerpt: Bizet
Mosier - Red Rhythmico: 66-82 @120 BPM
Hovhaness - Fugue: 10-11 (@100 BPM)

Viola
E-Flat Major Scale
State Excerpt: Enesco
Hovhaness - Psalm - 1 After 6 to 8 - @80 bpm
Hovhaness - Fugue: 10-11 - @100 bpm

Cello
E-Flat Major Scale
State Excerpt: Tchaikovsky
Mosier - Red Rhythmico: measures 82 - 98 (Top Line, Solo) @120 bpm
Hovhaness - Fugue: rehearsal 12 To 5 after 13 - @100 bpm

Bass
A melodic Minor Scale
State Excerpt: Von Weber
Mosier - Red Rhythmico: measures 43-51
Hovhaness - Fugue: rehearsal 12 To 5 after 13 - @100 bpm

All-State music excerpts
ksmea.org/hsorchestra/excerpts

Festival Scores - Audition Event Tag

Directors, you will need to activate the following Event Tag in your Festival Scores Director account in order to upload audition entries.

Audition EventEvent Tag
2020-21 NW/SW HS Orchestra District Auditions TBA
 
Chairperson
Summer Miller
Garden City HS
2720 Buffalo Way Blvd
Garden City, KS 67846
c:620-260-7171
w:620-805-5521

Important Dates - HS Orchestra
Dec. 5, 2020 - Sat
NW/SW HS Orchestra Audition Upload Deadline
Original deadline Oct. 29 has been delayed to Dec. 5
Dec. 5, 2020 - Sat
HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra Festival
Cancelled
Dodge City HS
In-person mini-conventions are cancelled
Dec. 5, 2020 - Sat
NW/SW HS Orchestra Festival
Cancelled
Dodge City HS
In-person mini-conventions are cancelled
Dec. 13, 2020 - Sun
Judging deadline - HS Band, HS Jazz Band, HS Orchestra
Dec. 15, 2020 - Tue
Earliest possible date for roster posting - HS Band, HS Jazz Band, HS Orchestra

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