Colorado All State Orchestra is open to students in grades 10-12 who participate in their school orchestra. If your school does not have an orchestra, students may audition through another music teacher at the school. Please see our policies page for full details on who may participate.
Directors must register first. Registration will open for directors in October 2022. Only school music teachers may submit auditions for students.
After the director registers, students should also register. Student registration will open in October 2022.
Students will not be able to register until after the director has registered.
Audio ONLY audition recordings (mp3 files only) must be submitted by the director in the following format:
The audition document (mp3 file) must be labeled: LastName_FirstName_School_Instrument.mp3
All required audition material must be included in one file in the following order: Scales, Orchestral Excerpts, Solo Selection (Solo selection is for strings and piano only). Solo selection should be between 2 and 2.5 minutes in length. Only one file including all audition requirements should be submitted per applicant. There should not be any speaking on the recording. Do NOT announce the student name.
String players should refer to the standard literature lists for solo ideas. Pianists may choose whichever solo they would like. It should showcase technique and musicality. Piano solos are not rated based on difficulty. String solos are rated based on difficulty. Please see our policies page for more information on string solos. It is NEVER a good idea to play a solo that is too hard to earn the points associated with it. Playing a solo that is at your level well gives you the best chance of making All State Orchestra.
Audition recordings must be recorded without accompaniment and without a metronome. Recordings must also be unedited with no added “overdubs” or reverb.
Mp3 files must be compressed at a bitrate of no more than 256 kbps. Files larger than 20MB will not be accepted. Consider that the quality of the audition recording may reasonably affect the perception of the adjudicators.
Video submissions will not be accepted.
Once a student registers, the director will receive an email with a link to upload the appropriate audition.
The audition fee is $35, and the participation fee is $60. The audition fee can be paid online. It must be paid online November 11th.