Students must be registered for All-State by the school music teacher. In order to participate in a Georgia All-State audition or group the student must be enrolled in a Georgia school at the time of the audition and the All-State event. An All-State member must participate in the school music program comparable to the area in which he/she enters All-State if that area is offered in his/her school. Participation is defined as (1) enrollment in the band, orchestra, or chorus scheduled class and meeting all responsibilities of rehearsal and performance outside the school day or (2) for those students who cannot be scheduled, active and ongoing support of the band, orchestra, or chorus by meeting all responsibilities of rehearsal and performance outside the school day.
FIRST AUDITION: In order for a student to be eligible to participate, two components of the regional audition must be completed: Scales/Solo and Sight Reading. Students should be prepared to audition first on EITHER the scales and solo components (Component 1) OR the sight-reading component (Component 2). Students will be assigned a room when they arrive for the audition.
Component 1 I. Scales Students will sing a Major, Natural Minor, and Chromatic scale (a cappella) using the appropriate starting pitch as listed on the All-State Chorus Information page of the GMEA website. Judges adjudicating scales and solo will assess each scale for accuracy, ascending and descending. This component will comprise a potential 6 points of the overall audition. The rubric for assessing scales can be seen on the All-State Chorus Information page of the GMEA website.
II. Solos Students will sing the appropriate required song from memory for their level in the key for which they have registered in Opus. Solos must be sung in the appropriate key for the part they have registered. Students will not need to bring any materials to the audition. Accompaniment tracks will be provided at each solo adjudication panel. Failing to comply with the audition song requirements will result in disqualification.
The adjudication panel will rate singers on intonation/pitch accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, vocal tone quality, diction, breath control/phrasing, and dynamics/appropriate style. The rubric can be viewed on the All-State Chorus Information page of the GMEA website. This component will comprise a potential 30 points of the overall audition.
Component 2 III. Sight-Reading: Students will sing three different 4-measure sight-reading examples using the method with which they are accustomed. Before each example, students will hear the block chord in the appropriate tonality, the arpeggio of the block chord, and the starting pitch before being given a 30-second practice period during which students can sing out loud without being scored. At the end of each 30-second practice period, students will hear the block chord and starting pitch again before performing each example.
Students will receive credit for each half measure sung with correct pitches and rhythms. They will receive bonus points for each example for maintaining intonation and a relatively steady tempo throughout the performance. The rubric used to score sight-reading may be seen on the Chorus Division Webpage link for All-State Chorus Information. This component will comprise a potential 30 points of the overall audition.
If a student begins a sight-reading example on a pitch other than the one given by the judge, BUT sings intervallic relationships and rhythms correctly throughout the example, credit for the remaining half measures will not be affected. If a student changes tonality midway through a sight-reading example, BUT sings intervallic relationships and rhythms correctly throughout the rest of the example, credit for all subsequent measures beyond the half measure where the tonality change occurred will not be affected.