2020 All-State Orchestra

 2020 Nebraska All-State Orchestra Update:

Audition and Virtual Ensemble Guidelines:  Please read carefully.

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.

Audition Information

Please note: The NMEA auditions manual will be undergoing revisions to address the needs of our 2020 convention and All-State ensembles. It is recommended that you do not refer to previous editions of audition manuals as they will not reflect what is happening in our current audition situation. More information will be made available as we work through this process.



All-State Orchestra Excerpts (click to download)








August 17      Registration for All-State Auditions, regular fee of $20 through Sept. 7

September 8   Late Registration ($40 fee) for All-State Auditions through Sept. 14

September 16 Instrumental audition window opens at 8:00 AM; closes Sept. 28 at 5:00 PM*

October 19     Announcement of Selected Ensembles at 8:00 am

*On September 24 Opus experienced a major slow down of their servers. This was due to many states closing auditions this weekend, and their servers were just overloaded. They have taken measures to alleviate the situation, but there is no guarantee that it won't happen again. Given the unique situations that many schools find themselves in due to COVID-19, and to ensure fairness to all students auditioning, NMEA is extending the audition deadline for all ensembles to Monday, September 28 at 5:00 pm. If you have any questions or concerns please email Rick Mitchell at ricmitchell@kearneycats.com.


2020 Auditions Manual (click to download)

2020 Strings Audition Manual (click to download)



NMEA will again utilize the services of OpusEvent to collect student auditions. The format and procedures will be much the same as last year and will include:

  • Scales available to download with the link below.
  • Etudes Year 2 from common repertoire. For some instruments there may be multiple etudes. These etudes are currently available to your teacher on the NMEA website. Teachers be sure to login to access the etudes.
  • An excerpt from the All-State Orchestra music, which will be on the NMEA website in August.

Click here to download the 2020 All-State Scales Audition Requirements. Besides the required scales for each instrument, it also has the information about the required etude and excerpt for each instrument. Please, share information with your orchestra students. If you have any questions, please email Brett Noser at bnoser@lps.org.

Etudes Year 2 (Click to download)

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On October 19, students will be notified of their acceptance into the All-State Orchestra. Students will be given the piece of music to practice at home. Students will need access to a video/audio recorder for the submission of their performance.  Students will get a one-hour masterclass meeting with the 2020 NMEA All-State Orchestra Director, Maestro Troy Peters, which will include a Q & A section. The experience will also include a one-hour masterclass by a professional violinist, violist, cellist, and bassist. A detailed schedule for the 2020 NMEA All-State Orchestra will be released after October 19.