Directors are responsible for being familiar with the All-State Rules & Responsibilities.

Participation Eligibility Requirements

There are four requirements for a student to be eligible to audition for the KMEA Instrumental All-State Groups.

  1. The student must first be a performing member of their District’s KMEA Band, Jazz Ensemble, or Orchestra.
  2. The student’s director must submit an online audition form and send a printed form with payment to the KMEA All-State Ensemble Manager for each student auditioning. This form must be submitted by the AUDITION FORM DEADLINE established by KMEA.
  3. The student must be deemed an eligible freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing in their high school.
  4. The student must meet the KSHSAA eligibility requirements.


Any grade 9-12 wind, percussion, or string student who was selected for and participated at the KMEA District level may audition for the KMEA All-State Groups.

Local directors will send in the Audition Invoice and appropriate fees for each student by the deadline in order to enter students in the State audition.

Students who audition on more than one instrument (i.e., piccolo/flute, timpani/snare drum, alto sax/Jazz alto sax) must be registered for each audition and each audition must be appropriately paid for. The student must be registered and supervised by a staff member from their music department while at the audition site.

Administration of Auditions: Depending on the number of students auditioning for each section, the Chairperson will determine if one or two audition rooms are needed for each instrument group. The state Chairperson has the responsibility and the right to make revisions in the audition rooms as needed.

Instruments using two rooms for auditions will divide the audition. The student will perform part of the audition in the first room for a panel of three judges and move to a second room and perform the remaining audition material for a second panel of three judges. The six scores will be totaled, then ranked for determining All-State Group participants.

An annual rotating system of judges representing all seven districts will be used. A district may abdicate its right to representation on a judging panel if no qualified judge for that instrument exists in the district. The District President will inform the state Chair no later than one month prior to the auditions that the vacancy exists. The state Chair may then appoint a suitable judge to represent the district.

At least one adult monitor will work at each audition room to serve as judges’ aide, liaison with students, and door monitor.

Students will be assigned an audition time(s) upon arrival, but no earlier than one hour before auditions begin.

Chairpersons will develop judge and door monitor guidelines. They will also develop judging score sheets for a consistent scoring system.

Judges will be screened from the auditioning students, and will not have access to student names or schools.

The tie-breaking criteria will be: 1) Sight-reading score 2) Etude score 3) Scale score

Audition excerpts will be edited to fit into a five-minute or less audition time. These edits will be posted in the warm-up area approximately one hour before auditions begin.