2020 All-State Festival Audition Information

Cutoff Scores

NOTE: We utilize Z-scores to accept the students with "A" and "B". The score you received is only relative to the room you auditioned in and you would have scored the same value from the opposite judge.

Category Instrument Cutoff Score
Jazz Jazz Alto Saxophone 162
Jazz Jazz Baritone Saxophone 145
Jazz Jazz Bass Trombone 90
Jazz Jazz Drum Set 81.5
Jazz Jazz Guitar 137
Jazz Jazz Piano 143
Jazz Jazz String Bass 139.5
Jazz Jazz Tenor Saxophone 168
Jazz Jazz Trombone 138
Jazz Jazz Trumpet 155.5
Jazz Jazz Vibes 106
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Vocal Soprano Room A 69
Vocal Soprano Room B 76
Vocal Alto Room A 58
Vocal Alto Room B 74
Vocal Tenor Room A 71
Vocal Tenor Room B 76
Vocal Bass Room A 84
Vocal Bass Room B 72
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Strings Cello 100.5
Strings Harp 105.5
Strings String Bass 82.5
Strings Viola 109
Strings Violin A 103
Strings Violin B 111.5
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Winds Alto Saxophone 140.5
Winds Baritone Saxophone 129
Winds Bass Clarinet 122
Winds Bass Trombone 129
Winds Bassoon 122
Winds Clarinet A 135
Winds Clarinet B 127
Winds Euphonium 138
Winds Flute 128
Winds French Horn 109
Winds Oboe 126
Winds Tenor Saxophone 134
Winds Trombone 104
Winds Trumpet 127
Winds Tuba 135
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Percussion Mallet 124
Percussion Snare Drum 128.5
Percussion Timpani 110
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  1. Audition Day
    1. Location
    2. Date
    3. Snow Date
    4. Audition Times
    5. What to bring to auditions
  2. Audition Registration
    1. Registration Dates
    2. Registration Fees
    3. Registration website link (URL) = Log in to Register Students
    4. Registration and Login Procedure
  3. Preparation for Auditions
    1. Audition List
    2. Concert Percussion
    3. Vocal Audition Tracks
    4. Sight Reading Guidelines
  4. Governing Documents
    1. All State Handbook and Seating Policy
    2. All State Medical Form
    3. Publicity Consent and Release Form
    4. Adjudication Sheets
    5. Instrument Scale Sheets

For Festival Registration information, see the All-State Festival & Concert > Festival Registration page.

A. Audition Day

Location: Shrewsbury HS (Directions)
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Snow Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020

All State Audition Times -- January 25, 2020 -- Shrewsbury High School
The audition schedule by district is indicated in the following table. Note the time that corresponds to the name of your school and your geographic district. Home-schooled students may come at any time during their geographic district's audition times, or arrange a suitable time with Michael Lapomardo, the MMEA Auditions Coordinator, in advance. Contact Michael at

Please note the following:

  1. Three schools will be randomly assigned from the first time block to audition at the start of auditions.
  2. Schools sending more than 20 students to auditions may be contacted to schedule a time to avoid congestion.
  3. Each school may ask for two special time requests. All requests must be made from their school director in advance. Requests from parents, students or private teachers will be declined.
  4. Any requests for changes to audition times must be submitted to Michael Lapomardo by January 3, 2020.
8:15 AM Central District Schools A-M
9:00 AM Central District Schools N-Z
9:45 AM Western District Schools A-M
10:30 AM Western District Schools N-Z
11:15 AM Eastern District Schools A-M
1:00 PM Eastern District Schools N-Z
1:45 PM Northeastern District Schools A-M
2:30 PM Northeastern District Schools N-Z
3:15 PM Southeastern District Schools A-M
4:00 PM Southeastern District Schools N-Z

What to bring to Auditions

  1. The signed Medical Permission Form (link is below) for each student who is auditioning;
  2. The signed Principal Form for your school. (The Principal Form is accessible when you register your students for auditions.)
  3. Payment for the amount indicated on the Principal Form.

B. Audition Registration

Registration Dates
All State Audition Registration opens Monday, December 2, 2019
All State Audition Registration closes at midnight Friday, December 20.
Late registration: Begins at midnight on December 20 and will close at midnight on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Registration Fees
2020 All State Audition Student Registration Fee: $30.00
2020 All State Audition Student Late Registration Fee: $60.00 per student
2020 All State Festival Student Registration Fee: $350.00

Registration website link (URL)
Please use this link to register for All State Auditions:
For Festival Registration information and dates, please see the Festival Registration page.

Registration Login Procedure
In order to log in to register students for All-State auditions or the All-State Festival, your school's district code and password and your NAfME credentials are required, as follows:

  1. District Code: The username for each school is the District Code of your particular school - different for each High School. Just the District Code (4 digits) - the name of your school is not part of the username.
  2. Password: Unique to each school, and different from the password you use for District Auditions. If your school's contact person is the same as last year, you can retrieve your password using the "Forgotten Password" link on the registration page.
  3. NAfME ID: Your NAfME member number is required in order to log in.
  4. NAfME Primary Email address: This is the email address you gave to NAfME when you obtained or renewed your NAfME membership.

Please note: You can retrieve your NAfME credentials at any time by visiting
Assistance: If you need assistance with your username/password, please email Rick Lueth, at

C. Preparation for Auditions

Audition List
2020 All State Audition List, Rev.B
Trumpet - play entire work.

Concert Percussion
2020 Percussion Excerpts A
Percussion requirements for 2020:

  1. The host site will provide timpani, mallet percussion, crash cymbals, tambourine, triangle, and bass drum. Please see the list below for instrument specifics.
  2. All snare solo applicants must bring their own snare drum.
  3. All percussion applicants must supply their own mallets/sticks.
  4. Each student will audition on their PRIMARY SOLO instrument from their DISTRICT audition.
  5. Students will be asked to sight read on their SOLO instrument.
  6. Students must prepare all four (4) auxiliary instruments for adjudication as written on the Percussion Excerpts page (see link above). It is to be performed as one complete exercise demonstrating transitions between instruments.
  7. Students will NOT be asked to perform ANY secondary repertoire as in past years.
  8. Students will NOT be asked to perform scales.

Board-approved changes:
Students will audition on their primary solo instrument from their district audition. The audition will include primary solo, sight-reading, and auxiliary. The percussion section will be filled according to percussion needs based on their primary instrument score, with the possibility that any accepted student may be asked to play auxiliary instruments at the discretion of the manager as based on the needs of the literature.

Shrewsbury High School will provide the following instruments for auditions. Students are encouraged to bring their own auxiliary instruments if they are more comfortable auditioning with them.

  1. Musser ProVibe - 3 octaves (for Jazz vibe players)
  2. Musser M300 Classic Grand Marimba - 4.3 octaves
  3. Ludwig Copper Timpani
  4. Pearl Maple Shell Snare - 6.5"
  5. Pearl Concert Bass - 36"
  6. Zildjian Symphonic Viennese Crash Cymbals - 20"
  7. Grover Concert Tambourine - SV Series
  8. Grover Super-Overtone Triangle - 6" Carbon steel with pro wood clip and SV beaters

All-State Vocal Audition Tracks
Music When Soft Voices Die
Practice Tracks (mp3 format) == Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Bass1 | Bass2 | Bass3 | SATB
Audition Tracks (mp3 format) == Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Bass

Sight Reading Guidelines
MMEA has created its own unique level for students to practice. Our goal was to provide students with a clearer understanding of the sight-reading requirements. In Sight Reading Factory, if a student or teacher selects the MMEA level, the parameters are set for each example generated. Please note that Harpists and Timpani players will be sight-reading from a different source, since Sight Reading Factory has not yet developed a system for those instruments.

Students will be expected to sight read in keys up to four sharps and flats and possibly not in the key of the audition piece. Additionally, the instrumental student will read in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8 time signatures, while vocalists stay within 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4.

The rhythmic values are set for each instrument and will not waver in any example.

Anyone who does not currently have a subscription and would like to purchase one can enter the promo code ma-allstate at checkout to receive a 20% discount from the subscription cost (a single one-year subscription costs $28 after the discount is applied). Additionally, if teachers would like to purchase accounts for their students, if they use the same code, ma-allstate, they can purchase the student accounts for $2 each and receive a 20% discount off the whole order.

Sight reading examples have been created and stored in a Google folder that you can access: Please note, though, that sight reading examples will be generated from SFR the morning of the auditions.

The current parameters are final for the 2020 auditions. Changes will be considered after the all state auditions in January.

D. Governing Documents

All State Handbook and Seating Policy:
2020 All State Handbook, v5.1
All State Seating Policy (French Horn seating has been revised.)

All State Medical Form:
2020 All State Medical Form

Publicity Consent and Release Form:
2020 Publicity Consent and Release Form

Audition Adjudication Forms
Revised Percussion forms will be posted later in the summer.
Forms updated July 2017
Choral Audition Form
Instrumental Audition Forms
Jazz Audition Forms

Instrument Scale Sheets

Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bass Clarinet | Bassoon | Alto Sax | Tenor Sax | Baritone Sax
Trumpet | French Horn | Trombone | Bass Trombone | Euphonium TC | Euphonium BC | Tuba

Jazz Alto Sax | Jazz Tenor Sax | Jazz Baritone Sax | Jazz Trumpet | Jazz Trombone | Jazz Bass Trombone
Jazz Piano | Jazz Guitar | Jazz Vibe | Jazz Bass (11/18)

Harp | Harp Arpeggio
Violin | Viola (6/17) | Cello (6/17) | String Bass (11/18)

Vocal Scales

Massachusetts Music Educators Association

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Michael LaCava
Interim Executive Director
PO Box 920004
Needham, MA 02492