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The All-State Orchestra is made up of the top high school musicians in NJ. Auditions are for students who have participated in their corresponding region ensemble. String auditions are held every March for the following school year.
Winds/brass/percussion/piano/harp are placed based on their All-State Band auditions. Freshman, sophomores, and juniors who audition are eligible to play in the All-State Orchestra during the following school year. There are two performances in November – one at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and one at NJPAC in Newark.
2019 All-National Ensembles
Several years ago, a scheduling conflict arose between the NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles (ANHE) and our November All-State events. Unfortunately, after many discussions with NAfME about this conflict and the hardship that it places on New Jersey students, the scheduling of the ANHE will once again conflict with NJ All-State in November of this year. NJMEA policy states that all students must complete their New Jersey All-State experience in order to participate in All-National Honors Ensembles. Because the dates conflict this year, we cannot endorse any Chorus, Orchestra, or Jazz students for the 2019 All-National Honors Ensembles. Band students will remain eligible as long as they fulfill their February All-State obligations, and do not select to also be a member of the All-State Orchestra. This is consistent with how NJMEA has handled this conflict in the past.
We will continue to discuss the situation with NAfME with the hopes of a better outcome in the future.