October 17, 2014
Registration for the 2015 All-State Orchestra is now open!!!
Go to the All State tab, there is a specific link for registration with directions.
You can also access the registration link through the Information page.
We are also in need of 2 harps for the orchestra this year. Feel free to pass along this information to any harp students and teachers.
In case auditions must be cancelled due to bad weather we have plan. “Be Prepared” is now our motto. The attached information will give you the basic information on how we proceed if auditions are cancelled.
I have had some questions about the metronome markings on the ASO excerpts. 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.
FYI: Important information IN CASE All-State Orchestra “Live Auditions” are cancelled on 12-6.
In the unfortunate occurrence that live auditions for the 2015 Missouri All-State Orchestra are cancelled on December 6 due to inclement weather, students will submit a recording to their orchestra director who will be given instructions about how to upload that file to MoASTA. The live auditions will not be rescheduled. If auditions have to be cancelled we will post the information on the MoASTA web site and send emails to teachers.
Directors will be expected to verify that their students have completed their audition recording in one take and will mail audition forms and fees to the address given. These recordings will need to be completed and uploaded by Wednesday, December 10 at 5:00 PM. Directors will receive confirmation when files are received. All audition fees and signed paperwork must be postmarked by Wednesday, December 10th. If audition paperwork and fees are not postmarked on/ by the deadline, recordings for those players will not be judged.
Audition recordings will be randomized and judged by qualified MoASTA member string educators. Judges will not know any personal information about students auditioning (including name or school district). If there is any talking during the recording or obvious tampering (adjustment of pitch, patching together multiple files, etc.) by director or students, the audition will be disqualified.
We are hoping that having a plan in place will help you and your students be prepared in case we have to cancel live auditions. Specific directions about the process will be posted in the All State section at moastaweb.org in November.
If you have any questions. Please feel free to contact me.
2015 PERFORMING ENSEMBLES at the Missouri Music Educators Conference
Clayton Chamber Ensemble -Jan Davis
Parkway Central Middle School Honors Orchestra-Joseph Bradley
Clayton High School Symphonic Orchestra-JulieHoffman
Truman State University Symphony Orchestra-Dr. Sam McClure
St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra-Jessica Ingraham/Steven Jarvi
The American String Teachers Association (ASTA) is the nation’s premier organization for string teachers and performers. ASTA is committed to helping its membership develop and refine their skills throughout their careers, from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. ASTA offers many services tailored to each member’s unique needs.
Missouri State Chapter
MoASTA is active in many areas supporting string performance and education. The Board of Directors oversees the Missouri All State Orchestra Program (ASO). DIRECTORS please be vigilant in reading not only the audition information pages on this website, but the MSHSAA handbook rules for solo/ensemble festivals. Changes have taken place in both venues!
Encourage your colleagues to join ASTA and visit our website for news and pertinent information about our organization! Regards,
Ann Geiler, MoASTA President