Missouri 2020 All-State Orchestra Auditions and Eligibility
The Missouri Chapter of ASTA is again sponsoring the Missouri All-State Orchestra. This extraordinary ensemble will rehearse and perform at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, January 22-25 , 2020, at Tan-Tar-A Conference Center, Osage Beach Missouri.
The conductor of the 2020 All-State Orchestra will be Jason Seber the Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. Please see his extensive bio listed below. You can also see and listen to the awesome pieces that the 2020 Missouri All State Orchestra will perform, scroll down to the bottom of this page to preview.
Students in grades 9 through 12 who are eligible under Missouri State High School Activities Association regulations are eligible to audition for the All-State Orchestra. The student’s school must be a MSHSAA member school. You (the student) must have a certified teacher or administrator from your school to sign you in and remain until you have completed your audition. Students must also be a member of their school orchestra if one is available at the high school they are attending.
String Audition Information
All auditions are live and blind. Judges do not see the student nor have knowledge of the student’s identity. Students are chosen for the orchestra in order of score on the audition performance.
Auditions for the string sections in the Missouri All-State Orchestra take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Auditions will be held at the Memorial Union on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus, with registration from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is recommended that students in the Columbia mid-state area register from 7:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m., and students from farther regions register from 10:30-2:30. Each student’s audition will take place in the order in which he or she registers.
The string audition will consist of required scales and orchestral excerpts only. No solo will be required for the audition. This year’s required audition material is Set 4 of scales and orchestral excerpts. The excerpts and scales are now available on this website. In addition, practice recordings of the audition material for the 2020 All-State Orchestra are available for download from this website. It is expected that students play the SCALES at the metronome marking indicated, however students are encouraged to play EXCERPTS at a tempo which is clean, in tune, and conveys the integrity and emotional content of the music.
HARPIST NEEDED – AUDITION INFORMATION HERE:
All harpists who wish to audition for the 2020 Missouri All-State Orchestra will need to fill out this ASO 2020 Harp Audition online registration form. All harpist will need to upload an unedited live video of you playing your audition. You will upload your audition video through the 2020 Missouri Harp Audition Form. There are more upload instructions within the form. YOUR AUDITION MUST BE UPLOADED BY 12 MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2019 IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE MISSOURI ASO.
Harp Audition Requirements
Please play your live audition with a slight pause between each of the excerpts. Do not leave the instrument or cut to different video takes during your audition. If your video is not recorded in one sitting you will be disqualified.
Excerpts from 2 Contrasting Harp Pieces (each approximately 3 minutes in length)
Registration in now OPEN!
2020 ASO Audition Registration form for the All-State Orchestra audition is online. Registration is open. Please click the link above to register for All-State Orchestra. Registration is open through November 29th. The audition registration fee is $30.00. You may pay by credit card online or onsite. You can also pay by cash or check onsite. Teachers can also pay by purchase order or school check onsite. Teachers, if you plan on paying for all of your auditions at once, contact Aimee Fine (email@example.com), MOASTA Treasurer and she will invoice you for the correct amount so that you can still pay online.
LATE REGISTRATION: After November 29th, you will have to fill out the LATE ALL-STATE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM. There is an additional $25.00 fee for late registration.
Students and teachers are not expected to stay until the end of auditions. Results of the audition are posted on the MO-ASTA website immediately following the auditions. Music folders for those selected for the orchestra will be distributed to teachers that are in attendance at the end of auditions or mailed.
If All-State Auditions are cancelled due to inclement weather we will go directly to recorded auditions. Specific instructions about the recording and submitting of recordings will be posted on the MoASTA web site.
Wind and Percussion Information
Auditions for woodwind, brass and percussion players are held along with the band auditions, and are conducted by the Missouri Bandmasters Association. Students selected for All-State membership may choose to be members of the bands or orchestra, in order of audition score, until all positions are filled. The ASO music and an ASO representative will be at the wind/percussion auditions. All students must meet MSHSAA eligibility requirements.
For other All-State Orchestra questions please contact Joseph Keeney, MOASTA President, at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Missouri All State Literature
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 4th movement
Mason Bates Mothership
2020 Missouri All State Conductor
The 2018/19 Kansas City Symphony season marks Jason Seber’s third year as the David T. Beals III Associate Conductor. He has built a strong rapport with the Kansas City community — conducting more than 70 concerts each season, in educational workshops at area schools, as a host of G. Kenneth and Ann Baum Concert Comments and through many other community events. Seber leads the Symphony in Classics Uncorked, Pops, Family, Film + Live Orchestra and education concerts, plus Christmas Festival, Symphony in the Flint Hills and a multitude of other programs.
Prior to his Kansas City Symphony appointment, Seber served as education and outreach conductor of the Louisville Orchestra from 2013 to 2016, creating and leading many programs on the education, holiday, Family, Pops and Music Without Borders series. He was also music director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra for 11 seasons. Under his baton, the LYO Symphony Orchestra performed on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” in 2016.
Previously, Seber served as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra. Recently, he has had return engagements with the Colorado, Houston and Indianapolis symphonies and the Cleveland Pops, and he has appeared as a guest conductor for the Charleston, Mansfield, National and Windsor symphonies as well as the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. A passionate advocate of music education, Seber has conducted the Honors Performance Series Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. In 2020, he will conduct the Missouri All-State Orchestra.
Seber has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Boyz II Men, Jinjoo Cho, Melissa Etheridge, Ben Folds, Brian Stokes Mitchell, My Morning Jacket, Aoife O’Donovan, Doc Severinsen, Conrad Tao, Bobby Watson and Joyce Yang. He earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his bachelor’s degrees in violin performance and music education from Baldwin Wallace University.