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Orchestra All-State

 

Director
Mary Kay Polashek

High School Phone:

515-817-0600 Ext. 2275

Marykay.polashek@ames.k12.ia.us

Iowa All-State Music Festival

The annual Iowa All-State Music Festival provides an opportunity for outstanding high school musicians from across the state to come together and work with festival directors to present a concert at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Students qualify to participate in the Festival by auditioning at a regional audition center.

The audition center for Ames High School students is at Indianola High School. Auditions for the 2011 Festival are Saturday, October 24, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Seating auditions for those accepted will be Thursday afternoon, November 16. Rehearsals for the 2017 concert are November 17-18. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. on November 18.

In past years, the Festival concert has been recorded by Iowa Public Television and broadcast twice during the following week, once on Thanksgiving evening and again on Friday afternoon.

SELECTION OF THE ORCHESTRA (2016)

  1. String auditors will select the following strings for the All-State Orchestra:

40

1st Violins

24

Violas

20

String Bass

40

2nd Violins

24

Cellos

2

Harps

     2. Band auditors will select the following instruments for the All-State Orchestra:

6

Flutes/Piccolo

6

Bassoons

2

Bass T-bones

6

Oboes/English Horn

6

Trumpets

8

French Horns

6

Clarinets

2

Bass Clarinets

4

Trombones

2

Tubas

       

       3.   The number of strings to be selected at each center is determined by the All-State Orchestra Chair after all entries have been received

       4.    All string entries will be required to audition in the following manner:

    1. Play a solo of choice (need not be memorized) unaccompanied. The length of the segment you choose should be approximately 1 minute in length; maximum of 1:20. The String Audition card will include a caption line for the Solo.
    2. Play the required excerpts of the All-State selections (These works are in public domain or variances have been allowed for this use.) String audition excerpts are available for download from the IHSMA website on July 25 or they may be obtained by calling the IHSMA office and requesting them.
    3. Violins, Violas, Cellos, String Bass: Play any of the major scales (memorized) up to and including 6 flats and 6 sharps in 16th notes (16th notes only – NO 1/8th note on the tonic) at a metronome speed of a quarter note = 60 (ascending and descending). A scale of 3 octaves is required for violin and cello. Violas – 3 octaves are required for major scales C, Db, D, Eb, and E; major scales F, F#/Gb, G, Ab, A, Bb and B may be performed either 2 or 3 octaves. Style of bowing is at the discretion of the performer. All string bass scales will be two octaves.

   5.   Harpists should prepare an audition cd/mp3 and email it to mkepolashek@msn.com or send it to Mary Kay Polashek, 2615 Meadow Glen Road, Ames, IA 50014. All materials must be received by October 17 to be considered (please plan accordingly). Students selected will be announced via the IHSMA website on Thursday, October 20. The recording should contain the following:

    1. A two-minute portion of a solo or etude of their choice
    2. The excerpts that are available online or from the IHSMA office
    3. Label/email showing the student’s name, school and phone number

  6.  To insure instrumentation for piccolo, the following will apply: ALL 1st Flutes in band and orchestra will be required to audition on piccolo as well as flute on Thursday at ISU as a part of the chair placement procedure. Failure to comply with this requirement will automatically place those students at the bottom of the 1st Flute section.

  7.  To insure instrumentation for English Horn parts, the following will apply: All oboes have
      
been given first and second oboe parts for the All-State band or orchestra. All players will have the possibility to be the first chair oboe player in the All-State Band or orchestra. First and second oboe part assignments will be designated after the chair placement auditions in Ames. To be considered for the first oboe part students must audition on English Horn. The English Horn chair may be rotated through the festival.

  8.   To insure instrumentation for Eb Clarinet parts, the following will apply: All Clarinets in the orchestra will be required to audition on Eb Clarinet (if parts exist) as well as Bb Clarinet on Thursday at ISU as a part of the chair placement procedure. Failure to comply with this requirement will automatically place those students at the bottom of their assigned part in the orchestra.

 9.  All accepted All-State Orchestra clarinets, bassoons, trumpets and tenor trombones will receive all parts to audition on for the festival. All players will have the chance to audition for 1st chair. Horns, bass trombones, baritones and tubas will still receive their assigned parts.

 10.  All initial and recall string auditions will be open auditions (not blind). Chair placement auditions in Ames will be blind auditions.

11. Audition excerpts will be posted online (www.ihsma.org) at 5:00 AM and at each audition site at 8:00 A.M. on October 22, 2016.
Directors – Be certain your students have the music for the festival adequately prepared for the chair placement auditions in Ames. Failure to perform the selections at All-State level will result in dismissal from the group.

The String Audition fee is $15.00 payable to AHS Orchestra and Due September 1.

All-State Audition Requirements

 

Directors: Be certain your students have the music for the festival adequately prepared for the chair placement auditions in Ames. Failure to perform the selections at All-State level will result in dismissal from the group.

Past  Ames High All-State Orchestra Participants :

2015
 
2014
Esther Lee – Violin CM
Ryan Jeong – Violin  I
Ho-Won Noh -Violin I
Jana Kim- Violin  I
Tiffany Loe -Violin I
Stephanie Shin – Violin I
Jacob Feddersen -Violin II
Jude Amous – Cello
Fox Henson – Cello
Daniel Andreotti – Bass
Isabel McLeod- Harp  2
Jihun Yoon – Alt Cello
John Kim – Alt Cello
2013
Joanna Held – Violin I
James Kim – Violin I
Jana Kim – Violin I
Tiffany Loe – Violin I
Stephanie Shin – VIolin I
Rachel Kim – Violin II
Esther Lee – Violin II
Shota Hattori – Cello
Fox Henson – Cello
Jihun Yoon – Cello
Patricia Kim – 2nd Alternate Violin
 
2012
Ellen Iverson – Violin
Patricia Kim – Violin
Esther Lee – Violin
CM Stephanie Shin – Violin
Chris Merchant – Viola
Shota Hattori – Cello
Hannah Yang – Cello
Isabel McLeod – Harp
2011
Ellen Iverson, Violin I
James Kim, Violin II
Lucia Keum, Cello
Victor Wang, Cello
Stephanie Shin First Alternate Violin
Chris Merchant First Alternate Viola
Hannah Yang First Alternate Cello
2010
Avanthi Ajjarapu – Violin I
Michelle Tsai – Violin II
Victor Wang – Cello
Scott MacDonald – Bass
Ellen Iverson – First Alternate Violin
2009
Avanthi Ajjarapu – Violin I
Tulika Biswas – Violin I
Lawrence Chiou – Violin I
Tanya Liu- Violin I
John Yang – Violin I
Frances Hindt – Violin II
Michelle Tsai – Violin II
Joe Iverson – Cello
Scott MacDonald – Bass
Ari Mendoza – Bass
2008
Tulika Biswas Violin I
Tanya Liu Violin I
April Suen Violin I
John Yang Violin I
Avanthi Ajjarapu Violin II
Lawrence Chiou Violin II
Emily Mullaney Violin II
Michelle Tsai Violin II
Hannah Tuggle Violin IIYeil Park Cello
Arianna Mendoza String Bass
2007
Tulika Biswas Violin I
Lawrence Chiou Violin I
Tanya Liu Violin I
Daniel Park Violin I
April Suen Violin IJohn Yang Violin I
Avanthi Ajjarapu Violin II
Christina Tringides Violin II
Yeil Park Cello

Frances Hindt Violin Alternate

Max Tsai Viola Alternate

Ray Wolt Cello Alternate

2006

Sarit Luban  Violin I

Wei-Li Suen  Violin I

John Yang  Violin I

Lisa Yoon  Violin II

Tanya Liu  Violin II

Tommy Fields  Cello

Joey Wendel  Cello

Ray Wolt  Cello

Emily Mullaney  Violin Alternate

2005

Sarit Luban  Violin I

Caleb Polashek CM   Violin I

Wei-Li Suen  Violin I

Daniel Park  Violin II

Brittany Rover  Viola

Ilya Ellern  Cello

Ray Wolt  Cello

Tommy Fields  Cello

2004

Sarit Luban  Violin I CM

Caleb Polashek  Violin I

Luke Lowry  Violin I

Annie Jeong  Violin I

Daniel Park  Violin II

Ilya Ellern  Cello

Brittany Rover  Viola Alternate

Tommy Fields  Cello Alternate

2003

Hangyul Kim  Violin I CM

Joseph Ahn  Violin II

Anu Biswas  Violin I

Luke Lowry  Violin II

Laura Kim  Violin I

Hannah Park  Violin II

Stephanie Kim  Violin I

Aviv Luban  Cello

Sarit Luban  Violin I

Veronica Hindt  Cello

Caleb Polashek  Violin I

Wei-Li Suen  Violin Alternate

2002

Anu Biswas  Violin I

Caleb Polashek  Violin II

Hangyul Kim  Violin I

Veronica Hindt  Cello

Luke Lowry  Violin I

Brandon Lee  Cello

Hannah Park  Violin I

Aviv Luban  Cello

Laura Kim  Violin II

 

2001

Laura Kim  Violin I

Luke Lowry  Violin II

Jessica Lee  Violin I

Hannah Park  Violin II

Jennifer Lowry  Violin I

Ursula Dial  Cello

Anu Biswas  Violin II

Aviv Luban  Cello

Sarah Beisser  Violin II

 

Hangyul Kim  Violin II

Veronica Hindt  Cello Alternate

2000

Gretchen Theesfield  Violin I

Neha Kothari  Violin I

Anu Biswas  Violin II

Aviv Luban  Cello

Dipayan Mitra  Violin I

Dekel Luban  Violin I

Hangyul Kim  Violin I

Laura Kim  Violin II

1999

Doug Choi  Violin I

Gretchen Theesfield  Violin I

Neha Kothari  Violin I

Sarah Beisser  Violin II

Jennifer Lowry  Violin I

Sarah Miller  Violin II

Dekel Luban  Violin I

Dipayan Mitra  Violin II

1998

Doug Choi  Violin I

Neha Kothari  Violin II

Dekel Luban  Violin I

Jennifer Lowry  Violin II

Dipayan Mitra  Violin I

Gretchen Theesfield  Violin II

Naomi Slutski  Violin I

 

1997

Andrew Choi  Violin I CM

Naomi Slutski  Violin I

Dekel Luban  Violin I

Eugena Song  Violin I

1996

Andrew Choi  Violin I

Millie Dowling  Viola

Eugena Song  Violin I

 

1995

Andrew Choi  Violin I

Eugena Song  Violin II

Ujjaini Mitra  Violin I

Millie Dowling  Viola

Leah Theesfield  Violin I

 

1994

Michael Choi  Violin

Mert Sermet  Cello

1993

Michael Choi  Violin

Millie Dowling  Viola

Susan Hsu  Violin

Mert Sermet  Cello

Ujjaini Mitra  Violin

Andre Darlington  Bass

1992

Michael Choi  Violin

Ujjaini Mitra  Violin

Susan Hsu  Violin

Andre Darlington  Bass

1991

Michael Choi  Violin

Susan Hsu  Violin

1990

Andrew Liao  Violin

Jennifer Ng  Violin

1989

Joe Kuhl  Cello

 

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