A student must follow all policies below to be eligible for All-State participation.
Enrolled in a music ensemble in their high school from audition to following February
A student participating in an All-State music ensemble must be
enrolled in the corresponding musical group in their high school, if one
exists. They must be enrolled in and a member in good standing from the
time of the audition through the following February rehearsals and
performance to be eligible.
Enrollment in a collegiate ensemble via PSEO does not make a student eligible for All-State participation.
If a student's high school does not
have a corresponding ensemble, the student must describe his/her
ensemble experience in
corresponding ensembles in prior schools or outside of high school. Ensemble experience is important to a student's
success in the All-State program. Ensemble experience information may be
used in making selection decisions on All-State Draft Day.
Grade at time of audition
Wind, brass, percussion, and choral auditions are limited to
students who are sophomores or juniors at the time of the audition.
String auditions are limited to students who are freshmen, sophomores,
or juniors at the time of the audition.
Maximum years of participation
jazz or choral students may participate in an All-State group for two
years. String students may participate for three years.
Rotation between ensembles
If a student was a member of the All-State Mixed Chorus one year
and selected for a second year, the student would be placed in either
the Women's Chorus or Men's Chorus the second year. If a wind, brass or
percussion player was a member of the All-State Concert Band one year
and selected for a second year, the student would be placed in the
Symphonic Band or Orchestra. The reverse situations would also be true.
Sponsoring teacher is a member of MMEA
All-State is sponsored by MMEA as a service to its members and
their students. Participation is limited to those students whose
sponsoring teacher is a current member in good standing of MMEA and NAfME
at the time of the audition and continues to be a member during the
rehearsal and performance period. The sponsoring music educator must be
currently teaching the student, and must continue as a music educator
for that student through the following February. Examples of sponsoring
music educators are school ensemble directors, studio
teachers/instructors for private lessons, and individuals conducting a
community youth ensemble.
Maximum number of auditions per sponsoring teacher
For any sponsoring teacher in each audition category, the
maximum number of students who can audition is: 15 string students, 15
vocal students, 19 wind/brass/percussion students, and 15 jazz ensemble
students. Students may audition on more than one instrument or for more
than one group; a separate fee and application form is required for each
Students will not be excused from attendance at All-State rehearsals, concerts, or other activities for any reason. This commitment includes both the summer camp and February performance. Exceptions to this rule are rare and will be made only in emergency situations.
For the February rehearsals only, students who are participating in state or national-level competitions may be allowed to miss a few hours of the Friday afternoon rehearsal, but the student is required to notify the MMEA office of the conflict in advance. Region, section and sub-section contests are not considered state level competitions.
Students participating in the
All-State program are expected to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner.
Any student failing to do so will face disciplinary action which may include
loss of membership in the group.
Each All-State member will be
provided with a written copy of the rules and regulations (available below). All expectations
apply to both the summer and February All-State experience unless specifically
stated otherwise. The following list provides an overview of the student
- Students must prepare the assigned literature and fully
participate in rehearsals, regardless of the part assigned.
- Students must attend and be on time for all rehearsals,
sectionals and other All-State activities.
- Students must adhere to policies as established by the
MSHSL regarding sexual, racial and religious harassment, and violence.
Students must also adhere to the eligibility requirements regarding
Chemical Use as published in the MSHSL Fine Arts Rules and Policies
- Students and parents or guardians must complete all
requested forms and make timely payments.
- Students must remain eligible for participation in
All-State through membership in the corresponding music group in their
If a student(s) has any concerns or
questions, s/he should approach one of the MMEA Vice Presidents, section
coaches or other staff to discuss those concerns.