Thank you for your interest in our 2019 FMEA All-State Orff Ensemble!

Please read the following for success with your student audition.

We want your participation in this process to be successful. The downloadable Prepared Pieces, Rubrics and 2019 All-State Orff PowerPoint are available for you to begin work with your students before leaving for the summer. The Rubrics are included to help you practice with validity and accuracy. You must take time to READ with comprehension what is required. It is strongly suggested to read through the Rubrics before beginning your work with students. Once the packet is made available in August, you must follow all procedures, which will require preparation on your part. A PowerPoint with helpful hints to the audition process is included in the downloads. It was created to ease the anxiety of preparing students for this challenging opportunity.

Important Information for the 2019 FMEA All-State Orff Ensemble? 

  • The soprano recorder prepared piece is from the 2019 concert repertoire.
  • The rubrics have been updated and should be downloaded as you work with your students.
  • Please take note that the phrasing for Are You Sleeping is different for the All-State Chorus audition. This is because breath control is a large part of choral singing. The breath marks are strategically made so that it separates the good choral singer from the better choral singer, hopefully resulting in the highest possible caliber of choral presentation. It is one of the few areas of the choral audition that presents a particular challenge and separates singers. If you have a student(s) auditioning for both, you may choose to keep the breathing the same. The adjudicators will be made aware of the difference to judge appropriately.
  • A third person will be allowed to take the video but not heard. A sample video is available on the website.
  • The audition fees for All-State Chorus and All-State Orff are $15. If you have a student auditioning for both groups, you will need to select the preferred ensemble in case of being accepted into both groups.

 What can you do now? 

  • Download the pieces and begin working with selected students now. Let them have time to prepare over the summer. Some teachers even met a couple of times with their students just to check in on their progress.
  • Look online at the directions for recording your students. The directions are very clear and there is even a video to help. This is a great time to work out any problems with software or answer your questions.  You will need to upload in .mov or mp4 format.

Most Common Mistakes Last Year Were:

  1. Student’s face was shown.
  2. Student’s fingers were not visible on the recorder. This does not have to be a close-up, but judges need to see that the student is actually playing the part.
  3. Video would not play for adjudicators. Please prepare to upload with plenty of time to check that your videos play. Use a trusted and reliable WiFi or ethernet connection for uploading large video files.

Important Dates

  • Orff Information Packet available online Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
  • Pay NAfME, FMEA, and FEMEA dues by Saturday, September 15, 2018.
  • Mail your All-State Orff Audition Packet to your District Chair postmarked by Friday, September 21, 2018.
  • Upload your All-State Orff audition video to the FEMEA website by Friday, September 21, 2018.
  • Goal is to post results before 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
  • If selected, participation materials and fees postmarked by Friday, October 26, 2018.

If you have questions, you may contact either your District Chair, or me. I look forward to another successful All-State Orff performance with our conductors, Cyndee Giebler and Michelle Przybylowski.

Holly Mullenix
FMEA All-State Orff Coordinator
orff@femea.flmusiced.org