All-State Ensembles/Region Orchestra

2025 All-State Ensemble Information

Rehearsal Locations - Cleveland State University
Performance Locations - Huntingon Convention Center of Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio - February 5-8, 2025

NEW FOR 2025!

For High School All-State Ensembles, we are happy to announce a new participation fee of $225.

To provide this reduced fee and to address member concerns with group housing requirements, the responsibility of lodging will rest with the students' parents/guardians and/or school district official(s). Students may stay at their own homes with the filing of proper releases. Students are not permitted to house on their own without direct adult supervision.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for answers to FAQs.

Please see below for complete information and access to the Acceptd platform!


Eligibility - High School

All applicants must be currently enrolled as members of their school's performing ensemble and must continue their participation during the 2024-2025 academic year. Home school students may apply if sponsored by their private teacher (must be an OMEA member). A parent/guardian of the home-schooled student will serve as the school administrator. Students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 for the 2024-2025 academic year. Failure to observe these rules will void the student's All-State eligibility.

Eligibility - Children's Chorus

Auditions will be open to all public, private and home school students in grades 4 & 5 during the 2024-2025 school year whose teachers are members of OMEA. Home-schooled students whose parent or private teacher is a member of OMEA are also eligible. Only those students who are currently in grades 3 or 4 are eligible to audition.

OMEA members are asked to encourage and assist their finest students in the application process described below. Please ensure that all applicants can match pitch, access the head voice and possess the focus and stamina to participate in full day rehearsals.

Rehearsal Requirement - Children's Chorus

All students are required to attend three regional rehearsals prior to the Professional Conference Performance. The regional rehearsal schedule and details will be posted to this website.

Students are encouraged to attend the regional rehearsal in their area but may elect to drive to a different region if there is a conflict.

Regional rehearsals are mandatory - a schedule will be communicated in the acceptance letters sent on August 31st.

Audition Process

OMEA continues the use of online applications for the All-State Ensembles. Please be aware the online application does not change how recordings are made, only how applications and recordings are submitted.

You will need the following items to apply:

  1. Student and parent e-mail addresses.
  2. Digital recordings of required etudes/solos/scales/warm-up
  3. Your director's contact information
  4. Your director's 9-digit NAfME identification number
  5. A credit card for the application fee (paid to Acceptd)

Application Timeline

April 2: Complete information is released for 2025 All-State Ensembles. Accptd Opens for All-State Applications. (Update will be announced on OMEA Social Media accounts and the website homepage.

May 31: Deadline for all applications to be submitted.

August 31: Notification of results to applicants and directors.

September 30: Due date for acceptance form and membership fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is OMEA no longer providing hotel rooms for students?

  • Concerns voiced by parents, directors, and students regarding rooming with strangers and the inability for OMEA to adequately accommodate the myriad of housing needs and rooming requests.
  • Risks and liability associated with four high school students rooming together with strangers.
  • The rising costs of hotel lodging which has impacted the overall All-State fee. This move is an effort to reduce costs for participants and create more equitable opportunities.
  • OMEA is developing long range plans to expand the access, scope, and variety of the All-State Ensemble program.

What are some  ways that I can support my student's hotel rooming needs?

  • Groups of students from the same school or neighboring schools may collaborate to room together and/or provide chaperones.
  • Those within a reasonable distance may commute.
  • Local organizations such as veterans organizations, school PTAs, educational foundations, etc. may have funds available to support student housing expenses.
  • The Ohio Foundation for Music Education will continue to have funds available for those in need.

Do other states house their All-State students?

  • While some states still house their All-State students for the reasons listed above, many states now ask schools, directors, parents, etc. to manage their housing needs. This is true of other musical organization as well.

Will OMEA Still be providing meals?

  • Yes. Meals will be provided during rehearsal hours. Breakfast will not be provided, but lunch and dinner will be provided at the rehearsal locations.

Last update - April 5, 2024

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