2020 All-State

2020 All-State

See specific pages for All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Jazz Band for more information on each virtual ensemble for 2020. The Middle Level Barbershop for 2020 has been cancelled and will return in 2022. The All-State Children's Choir will take place in 2021 as scheduled.


The list of selected student participants, by Ensemble, has been posted! This lists are now open to the public to view and can be found on the 2020 All-State Parents page. Congratulations to all the selected participants!


2020 All-State Student Contract (click to download) - for selected participants in the band, chorus, and orchestra ensembles.

2020 All-State Jazz Band Student Contract (click to download) - for selected participants in jazz band only.

STUDENTS: Return both pages of the signed contract to your director. Your director will forward all contracts to Rick Mitchell, NMEA Auditions Director.

DIRECTORS: Make sure your students receive this contract ASAP. Collect the completed forms (be sure to complete school and director information) and have them postmarked by November 1, 2020.

Official All-State Merchandise Information:

More information on 2020 All-State merchandise will be available closer to the conference.


Audition registration is now open! Click here to register through Opus.

August 17         Registration for All-State Auditions, regular fee of $20 through Sept. 8*
September 9    Late Registration for All-State
Auditions late fee of $40 through Sept. 14

*Due to Labor Day, the deadline for early registration has been extended to Tuesday, September 8.


September 16   Instrumental Audition window opens at 8:00 am
September 28*  Instrumental Audition window closes at 5:00 pm*

September 24         Choir Audition window opens at 12:00 pm
September 28*        Choir Audition window closes at 5:00 pm*

*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.

October 19       Announcement of Selected Ensembles at 8:00 am


All-State General Info Manual - NMEA Members: Be sure to download and read this manual for general information about the auditions process and completing student applications.  The link to register students on Opus Events is contained in this manual.

Tips for Registering Students for Auditions:

1. Log into your NMEA membership record at www.nmeanebraska.org.  Two things have to be the same in Opus and your NMEA record: 1) your Membership ID #, and 2) the primary email in your NMEA account.

2. Your NMEA record must also show that your membership is not expired.

If your membership is expired or about to expire (prior to November 21, 2020), then renew online at https://nafme.org/join-renew/.  WHEN YOU RENEW/JOIN, please email your paid dues receipt to NMEA's Executive Director (executive@nmeanebraska.org) so that your membership record may be updated quickly and accurately.

3. Download and follow the 2020 Audition Manual General Info.  This manual gives you the link to Opus Events, as well as instructions for registration.  Again, use the same email as what is in your NMEA membership record.  Log in, or create an account if you have not had one previously. Then:

     - Go to your User Profile.
     - Click on "Link a Membership".
     - Choose NMEA and enter your credentials.
     - After you have added NMEA, click on the "Home" icon in the menu bar.
     - You will see "2020 Nebraska All-State"; select this option.

Questions about membership may be directed to NMEA Interim Executive Director, Judy Bush, by phone at 402-937-3359 or by email to executive@nmeanebraska.org.

For questions on the audition process, including student information and Opus field questions, contact NMEA Director of Auditions & Ensemble Affairs Rick Mitchell at (308) 293-1718 or ricmitchell@kearneycats.com.


  • Paula Crider, All-State Band Conductor
  • Lee Nelson, All-State Chorus Conductor
  • Troy Peters, All-State Orchestra Conductor
  • Ronald Carter, All-State Jazz Band Conductor
  • Middle Level Barbershop Choir - rescheduled for 2022

2020-21 NSAA Music Classifications

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