PMEA All-State Information

2023 PMEA All-State Audition Information


All-State Orchestra Seating Information

All-State seating audition opens Monday, March 13 at Noon and will close at Noon on Tuesday, March 21. Please use the links below to access the audition excerpt information & Submittable application:


  • 2023 PMEA All-State “At Large” Instruments
    • The window to audition has now closed.  Results will be announced at the Region Band Festival.
  • At Large Orchestra Piccolo and English Horn

Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for participation in the 2023 All-State Orchestra on English Horn and Piccolo as “At-Large” Instruments. Thank you to all who auditioned.

  • English Horn– Daniel Ho/ Delaware County Christian School (District 12) – Matthew Jones – Director
  • Piccolo– Angelo Cresta/ Wallenpaupack Area High School (District 9) – Eric Warner – Director


 Congratulations to :

  • Dylan Wen / Methacton HS, District 11; Elizabeth Francisco- Director (Region VI) and Nicole Chen / Penn Manor HS, District 7; Lauren Ciemiewicz – Director (Region V) who have been selected as the Chorus Accompanists for the 2023 All-State Chorus Ensemble
  • Elizabeth Crawford / Northern Potter JSHS, District 2; Donald Vought – Director (Region II) who has been selected as the accompanist for the 2023 All-State Wind Ensemble.

PMEA congratulates Sophia Jho, grade 11, from Shady Side Academy, Jeff Gross, director, as the harpist for the 2023 All-State Orchestra. Thank you to all who applied.

All-State Seating Auditions Information

All-State Folders will be distributed at each PMEA Region Festival. Excerpts for the seating auditions for the All-State festival have been selected in advance from the All-State folders. Each ensemble will have the same time length in which to prepare and submit their auditions for seat rankings in the All-State Ensemble via Submittable.

The specific audition materials will be released when the audition window opens (they will be posted in the Submittable instructions). **Those who do not wish to receive a ranking for the All-State Ensemble will be seated last in the Ensemble. 


ORCHESTRA – is open now and will close at Noon on Tuesday, March 21.

BAND – (Wind Ensemble and Concert Band) – Region Band Festival Dates: March 23-25; All-State seating audition will open on Monday, March 27 and will close at Noon on Tuesday, April 4.

*All audition materials will be posted in Submittable and will become available when the window to submit opens.

Chaperones Needed

PMEA is in need of Chaperones for the 2023 All-State Ensembles. Chaperones need to be Full Active Members (including retired members) and have clearances.

Conference Registration, Lodging, and Meals (with the students) are provided. All Ensemble rehearsal sites are close to the Kalahari Convention Center and will provide an opportunity for Chaperones to also attend the Conference sessions. Here’s the LINK to apply:

The 2023 All-State General Information gives more details about the All-State Ensemble Schedules.

Questions???? Contact Dan Meredith, PMEA Head Chaperone- or Mary Lynne Peters, PMEA All-State Coordinator-

2023 PMEA All-State General Information

All students will register on Wednesday, April 19 as follows: 

    • 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – All-State Jazz & Vocal Jazz; Students will then be bussed at 4:45 p.m. to Pocono Mountain West HS for Rehearsal
    • 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. – All-State Chorus, Concert Band, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble 

All students will be required to attend the Welcome session from 9:00 – 9:30 p.m.  Students will then be broken out by ensemble to receive their seating assignments from 9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Any students electing not to receive a ranking as well as Jazz/Vocal Jazz students will be excused at this time.

PMEA will be reserving and assigning rooms by ensemble for All-State students this year. Directors do NOT need to make hotel reservations for their students. *COVID vaccinations and boosters are NOT required.

*Please note that, in order to provide a smoother and safer transaction for guests and associates, the Kalahari Resort is now 100% cashless. The property accepts credit and mobile payments (Apple/Google Pay) as well as room charges through your RFID wristband. Should you arrive on property with only cash, there are kiosks to exchange your dollars for a Mastercard that can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted. 

Concert Schedules

  • Friday, April 21 – 7:30 pm – Vocal Jazz & Jazz – Pocono Mountain West HS (also rehearsal site).
  • Saturday, April 22 – 10:30 am – Wind Ensemble & Chorus – Kilimanjaro Ballroom, Kalahari Convention Center
  • Saturday, April 22 – 3:30 pm – Concert Band & Orchestra Concert – Kilimanjaro Ballroom, Kalahari Convention Center

(Ensembles will perform in the order as listed above) Students are dismissed at the conclusion of their ensemble’s performance.

Vocal Jazz – Charlie Masters, Hatboro – Horsham HS
Jazz – Joe Boga, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Chorus – Amanda Quist, University of Miami Frost School of Music
Wind Ensemble – Patricia Cornett, Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance
Concert Band – F. David Romines, Marywood University
Orchestra – Tim Dixon, Messiah University

Read more about the 2023 PMEA All-State Guest Conductors Here.

PMEA All-State Guest Conductor Nominations

PMEA Member Directors – have you observed a conductor during this year’s festivals who you would like to see conduct a future All-State ensemble? Please consider submitting the PMEA All-State Guest Conductor Nomination Form. Nominations must be submitted by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. The form must be submitted by someone who has witnessed the guest conductor in action. Self-nomination is not permitted.

2023 NAfME Eastern Division Honors Ensemble Information

The 2023 NAfME Eastern Division Honors Ensemble will be held April 13 – 16 in Rochester, NY. Questions? Please contact NAfME Eastern Division Honors Ensembles Manager Michael Salzman at