PMEA All-State Information

An Important Statement Regarding the 2022 All-State Festival

January 11, 2022 –Conference Vaccination PolicyPMEA is continuing its planning for the in-person 2022 All-State Festival and Annual In-Service Conference, to be held April 6-9 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. In light of the continuing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we wanted to share an update regarding the steps being taken to ensure the best possible in-person experience for our attendees, clinicians, musicians and staff. 

In accordance with PMEA’s duty to provide and maintain an environment that is free of known hazards, we are adopting the following mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health of those participating in the 2022 PMEA All-State Festival & Annual In-service Conference. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the CDC and the PA Department of Health, as applicable.

 

All-State Students & Chaperones: Due to the nature of the All-State festival where students will be in close proximity of each other, making music together for several hours, PMEA will require all student participants to be fully vaccinated as PMEA cannot guarantee the recommended social distancing at all times during the event. Masking and PPE measures, such as bell covers, will also be required. PMEA members serving as All-State chaperones will also be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required when a student auditions for All-State. 

 

Proof of vaccination (one, two or three doses) will be required when a student auditions for All-State, however full vaccination* is not required until three weeks prior to the event. As the All-State Jazz & Vocal Jazz application window was open prior to the implementation of this policy, proof of vaccination will be collected at the time of acceptance into the All-State Jazz or Vocal Jazz Ensemble (early February). 

 

Requesting a Medical or Religious Exemption (All-State Students)

For a Medical Exemption: A completed Medical Exemption Form from the student’s medical provider is required and must be submitted via the online form specific to the ensemble to which the student is applying. (If applying for multiple ensembles, just one completed medical exemption form is required, however a completed form for each ensemble to which the student is applying must be submitted.)

All-State Orchestra Medical Exemption Form (Due Jan 28)

All-State Band/Wind Ensemble Medical Exemption Form (Due Feb 11)

All-State Jazz/Vocal Jazz Medical Exemption Form (Due Feb 25)

All-State Chorus Medical Exemption Form (Due Feb. 25)

 

For a Religious Exemption (All-State Students): A copy of the Pennsylvania Code 23.84 Exemption from Immunization form on file with the student’s school district (must include confirmation from the school nurse/administrator that the exemption has been granted), exempting them from any of the state required immunizations listed on the form is required and must be submitted via the online form specific to the ensemble to which the student is applying. *A new form listing COVID-19 DOES NOT qualify as the COVID-19 vaccination is not currently required. (If applying for multiple ensembles, just one copy of the Exemption from Immunization form is required, however a completed form for each ensemble to which the student is applying must be submitted.)

All-State Orchestra Religious Exemption Form (Due Jan 28)

All-State Band/Wind Ensemble Religious Exemption Form (Due Feb 11)

All-State Jazz/Vocal Jazz Religious Exemption Form (Due Feb 25)

All-State Chorus Religious Exemption Form (Due Feb 25)

 

**Students with an approved accommodation will be required, at a minimum, to comply with all other PMEA COVID-19 policies and protocols designed to mitigate the spread of the virus and safeguard community health and safety, including but now limited to COVID-19 testing, masking, physical distancing and other applicable preventive requirements. Additionally, those students with an approved exemption will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the festival, as well as bring with them two (2) rapid tests for on-site testing each morning of the festival.


*Fully vaccinated is defined as two doses of the Pfizer (ages 5+) or Moderna (ages 18+) or one dose of the J & J (ages 18+) vaccines.

 

Sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the Kalahari Convention Center. We greatly appreciate your cooperation as we look forward to meeting and making music together as safely as possible!

PMEA 2022 All-State Ensemble Information

Orchestra

All-State Orchestra auditions are now closed.  Results will be posted on this page by the end of the day on Monday, January 31st.

 

Harp

PMEA congratulates Maya Lindsey, grade 11 from Julia R. Masterman High School as the harpist for the 2022 All-State Orchestra and Sophia Jho, grade 10 from Shady Side Academy as the harpist for the 2022 All-State Wind Ensemble. Thank you to all who applied. 

Accompanist

At-Large Instruments

Jazz and Vocal Jazz

The deadline to submit an application has now closed.  Results will be posted here on February 1st.

All-State Band, Chorus & Orchestra Audition Info

The dates of the 2022 PMEA festivals and auditions for the 2022 All-State groups are as follows:

  • Orchestra
    • January 13-15, 2022 – District Orchestra
    • January 16, 2022 – Submittable window opens at 8 a.m.
    • January 20, 2022 – Submittable window closes at Noon
    • January 22, 2022 at 8 a.m. – Judging window opens
    • January 27, 2022 at Noon – Judging window closes
    • January 31, 2022 – All-State Orchestra is announced via PMEA website
  • Band
    • January 27-29, 2022 – District Band
    • January 30, 2022 – Submittable window opens at 8 a.m.
    • February 3, 2022 – Submittable window closes at Noon
    • February 5, 2022 at 8:a.m. – Judging window opens
    • February 10, 2022 at Noon – Judging window closes
    • February 14, 2022 – All-State Band and All-State Wind Ensemble are announced via PMEA website
  • Chorus
    • February 10-12, 2022 – District Chorus
    • February 13, 2022 – Submittable window opens at 8 a.m.
    • February 17, 2022 – Submittable window closes at Noon
    • February 19, 2022 at 8 a.m. – Judging window opens
    • February 24, 2022 at Noon – Judging window closes
    • February 28, 2022 – All-State Chorus is announced via PMEA website
    • February 24-26, 2022 – Region Orchestra
    • March 10-12, 2022 – Region Band
    • March 24-26, 2022 – Region Chorus
    • April 6-9, 2022 – All-State Festivals   
Festival Name & Date

All-State Submission Opens

All-State Submission Closes Judging Opens Judging Closes All-State Results Announced

District Orchestra (Jan 13-15)

Jan 16 Jan 20 Jan 22 Jan 27 Jan 31
District Band     (Jan 27-29) Jan 30 Feb 3 Feb 5 Feb 10 Feb 14
District Chorus   (Feb 10-12) Feb 13 Feb 17 Feb 19 Feb 24 Feb 28

 

There will be a $15 application fee for each All-State Submittable audition. This one All-State audition will also determine the seating of the students, should they be selected for an All-State ensemble.


 

NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles

The 2021 ANHE event will be held virtually on January 22-24, 2022. Please visit the ANHE website for more information. The application window to apply for a 2021 All-National Honors Ensemble has closed at this time. 

2021 ANHE Conductor Press Release

2021 All-National Honor Ensembles Timeline:

  • October 29: Deadline for students to accept
    • Student Contract and School Acknowledgement due
    • Registration and payment due in full
  • January 22-24, 2022: All-National Honors Ensembles virtual event

 
Tips for recordings in Submittable:
  • The maximum video size per file is 400MB – the larger the video, the longer it will take to load (800 MB per submission)
  • mp4 files appear to upload better than .mov files
  • Small rooms with good acoustic qualities will create the best recording
  • A good microphone and a good piece of recording equipment (high end computer or digital recording device) are the two things that can most improve a recording.