All-State Orchestra

The KMEA All-State Orchestra performs each year at the annual In-Service Workshop. Students are selected via a rigorous audition process that starts at the district level. Students who perform at the district level are then eligible to audition for selection to the All-State instrumental ensembles. Thus, the All-State student musicians are truly “the best of the best.”

All-State Orchestra Concert

Virtual Performance during 2021 In-Service Workshop
Broadcast link will be provided to directors of selected students

Honor Group Performances
Links to Honor Group performances will be sent to directors of participating students to forward to students/parents. Recordings of Honor Groups may be purchased separately from our audio recording partner Shhh Audio
Precision Engraving & Awards
Honor Groups Souvenir Shirts and Plaques
Individual orders accepted online

All-State Souvenir Price List


For a student to participate in a KMEA All-State ensemble, the sponsoring teacher must be a member of KMEA.

KMEA Instrumental Auditions
IMPORTANT – Official registration will be held in the KMEA Members site. Audition fees are based on that registration process (this is unchanged from last year). Refer to the KMEA Instrumental Auditions page for more info.

Festival Scores – Audition Management. This site will be used strictly as a replacement for the in-person audition. All entries must be registered in the KMEA Members site as well as Festival Scores (see above paragraph).

Official Auditions (Dec. 28 – Jan. 8) – Use the following event tags for actual auditions in Festival Scores. Any entry not registered in the KMEA Members site will be assessed a $50 audition fee. Refer to the KMEA Instrumental Auditions page for more info.

Strings – Event tag FHF7P64
Harp – Event tag 82PV5PT

Official audition uploads will be held Dec. 28 thru Jan. 8. Late uploads are not possible and will not be accepted.


All-State Orchestra Virtual Rehearsals
Thu, Jan. 21 – 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Introduction Tutti Rehearsal (conductor introduction, special instructions/business for students, social activity, light introductory rehearsal)
Thu, Jan. 28 – 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Sectionals (conductor will run a sectional with winds/brass/percussion. Strings sectionals will be run by teachers)
Thu, Jan. 28 – 8:00 – 9:00 PM – Tutti Rehearsal (follow up rehearsal from the sectionals)
Thu, Feb. 4 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Tutti Rehearsal (final rehearsal together. Guest speakers from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra talk with the students about performing this literature)
Sun, Feb. 7 – * All-State HS Orchestra performance files due

* Performance files may be audio (MP3 or WAV) or video (MP4). Parental permission will be required for video submissions.