2020 All-State Orchestra

ANNOUNCEMENT: The NMEA Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2020 November Conference/In-Service Clinic. The Board will meet at the end of the month to discuss alternatives and will keep the membership informed as decisions are made.

All-State Orchestra Conductor Bio

Conductor Troy Peters has been Music Director of YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) since 2009. In 2016, Musical America featured him in their special issue, The MA30 Professionals of the Year: The Innovators. Peters has guest conducted many orchestras, including the Oregon Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and Round Rock Symphony. He was previously Music Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra and Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, and conducted college orchestras at Texas State University and Middlebury College. He has also gained international attention for his orchestral collaborations with rock musicians, including Blind Pilot, Jon Anderson (of the band Yes), and Trey Anastasio (of the band Phish), with whom he recorded two albums on Elektra Records. 

Peters conducted the world premiere recording of Daron Hagen’s Masquerade with violinist Jaime Laredo, cellist Sharon Robinson, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, on Bridge Records. Among the other soloists with whom he has collaborated are Branford Marsalis, Midori, Edgar Meyer, Time for Three, and Richard Stoltzman. His work has been the subject of national media attention from CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, Symphony, and The New Yorker. Awarded a Vermont Arts Council Citation of Merit in 2009, he has also been honored with eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music and has conducted more than three-dozen world premieres. A popular lecturer, he has presented pre-concert talks for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony.

Peters is also active as a composer, where his honors include the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and grants from Meet the Composer and the Rockefeller Foundation. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Pennsylvania, where his primary compositional mentors were Ned Rorem and George Crumb.


Coming in Spring 2020!

Audition Information


2020 Audition Manuals will be posted in 2020.


17  Registration for All-State Auditions (through Sept. 7)

8    Late Registration for All-State auditions (through Sept. 14) 
16  Instrumental audition window opens at 8:00 AM; closes Sept. 26  at 11:59 PM

19-21 All-State Band Clinic
21      All-State Band Final Concert


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Orchestral String Excerpts (Etudes) Set 2 - 2020

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All-State Orchestra String Excerpts to replace etudes; Set 2, 2020.
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Scales - String

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
cello_major_3octave.pdf PDF (47.82 KB) Administration 4/16/2018
Cello_NMEA_Minor_Scales.pdf PDF (44.93 KB)  more ] Administration 12/18/2019
double_bass_major_scales.pdf PDF (37.74 KB) Administration 9/12/2018
double_bass_true_2octave_minor.pdf PDF (39.87 KB) Administration 9/12/2018
viola_major_3octave.pdf PDF (48.52 KB) Administration 4/16/2018
Viola_NMEA_Minor_Scales.pdf PDF (44.77 KB)  more ] Administration 12/18/2019
violin_major_scales.pdf PDF (34.24 KB) Administration 4/16/2018
Violin_NMEA_Minor_Scales.pdf PDF (43.73 KB)  more ] Administration 12/18/2019