2020 Nebraska All-State Band Update:
Audition and Virtual Ensemble Guidelines: Please read carefully.
All-State Band Conductor Bio
Following a distinguished 33-year teaching career, Paula Crider continues to share her passion for making music as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator in the U.S. and abroad. She is Professor Emerita at The University of Texas, where she was twice awarded for distinguished teaching.
Crider has taught in the public schools at all levels, and holds the unique distinction of having been the first female in Texas to serve as director of bands at a class 5-A high school. She presents seminars throughout the U.S. She serves as coordinator for the National Band Association Young Conductor/Mentor Program, is Educational Consultant for Conn-Selmer, and was recently appointed to the Midwest Clinic Board. She is a Past President of the National Band Association and American Bandmasters Association.
Crider has written numerous articles for The Instrumentalist, The Band Director’s Guide, and National Band Association Journal, and manuals for brass techniques, marching band methods and instrumental conducting. She is co-author for the Masterwork Studies series (Hal Leonard) and author of The Conductor’s Legacy (GIA).
Awards and honors include the Tau Beta Sigma/Kappa Kappa Psi “Outstanding Service to Music Award,” Sudler “Legion of Merit,” Women Band Director’s International Rose, Grainger Society Medal, Kappa Kappa Psi Bo Makvosky Memorial Award, National Band Association AWAPA Award, 2004 Texas Bandmaster of the Year, Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame, and Midwest Medal of Honor. She considers her greatest honor to be the privilege of working with all who share a passion for excellence in making music.
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.
2020 ALL-STATE BAND REPERTOIRE
Sacred Spaces John Mackey
2020 ALL-STATE WIND/PERCUSSION AUDITION DATES
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 email@example.com.
ALL-STATE AUDITION MANUALS
2020 Auditions Manual (click to download)
2020 Wind/Percussion Audition Manual (click to download)
Audition Excerpts (click to download)
Euphonium (There is no Euphonium TC. Students who read TC may need to write out their own part.
2020 ALL-STATE WIND/PERCUSSION AUDITION MATERIALS
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 on the NMEA website.
- Set 2 Etudes as noted on the NMEA website.
- An excerpt from the All-State Band music, which will be on the NMEA website in August.
- Sight-reading as outlined on the NMEA website.
All-State Winds and Percussion Audition requirements and procedures changed in 2019. Please look carefully to be sure you have all of the necessary information and read all instructions and information completely. If you have any questions at that point, please contact Band Affairs Director Matt Rom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All-State Etudes Document Set 2 (click to download)
- Sight Reading Component Guidelines (click to download)
- All-State Scale Sheets (click the name of each instrument to download)
- Sight Reading Sample Exercises (click the name of each instrument to download)
The Piano audition material will be revised this year; and will be added later if one is required for the repertoire in 2020.
VIRTUAL ENSEMBLE OUTLINE
On October 19, students will be notified of their acceptance into the All-State Band. Students will be given John Mackey's "Sacred Spaces" to practice at home. Students will need access to a video/audio recorder for the submission of their performance. Accepted students will get a one-hour masterclass meeting with the 2020 NMEA All-State Band Director, Paula Crider, which will include a Q & A section on Friday, November 20. The experience will also include a one-hour masterclass by a professional performer on their specific instrument on Saturday, November 21. A detailed schedule for the 2020 NMEA All-State Band will be released after October 19.