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Junior Orchestra

2016-2017 Representative – Lori Lauff, Gregory Middle School (

2016-2017 Representative Elect – Megan Zalokar, Still Middle School (

 AUDITION EXCERPTS:   ILMEA Junior Orchestra Audition Excerpts (73.7 KB)

The Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) Honors Orchestra provides our students with an opportunity to perform with outstanding orchestra students from our region of Illinois. Students participate in an individual audition that will determine selection for this year’s honors orchestra. Individual auditions will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016, between 9:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. Students selected to be in the Honors Orchestra will perform at the ILMEA Honors Festival on November 5, 2016 (at Oswego East High School) where the honors orchestra, band and chorus will perform. Families are encouraged to attend.


2016 Honors Orchestra Guest Conductor:

Joanne May, Elmhurst College

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Chair, String Department

Director of Philharmonic Orchestra


2016 Audition Requirements:

Students must learn the required scales and concert music ahead of time and will be asked to perform selected sections from each piece. Violins will audition on all first violin music. This year's concert music is as follows:

Selected major and minor scales from the ILMEA District IX Scale Sheet

Concerto Grosso in D Minor First Movement by Vivaldi/arr. Isaac (full orchestra, but being play with strings only)

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Lullaby by William Hofeldt

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Sanseneon by Robert S. Frost

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Carpe Diem! By Richard Meyer

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ILMEA Required Events:

Audition—Saturday, October 1, 2016. Yorkville Middle School, 920 Prairie Crossing Drive, Yorkville, IL 60560.

Auditions will be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. Please save this date if you plan to audition. Students will be in attendance for approximately for 45-60 minutes. Teachers – Please remember that if you nominate a student, you will be assigned a job on the audition day that will last 60-90 minutes. A google doc will be sent after the audition schedule is sent if you would like to request a specific time slot.


Festival Performance—Saturday, November 5, 2016. Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Rd, Oswego, IL 60543.

Students selected to perform in the Honors Orchestra are expected to participate in the morning rehearsal, lunch and afternoon concert. This is an all-day event for students who are selected (approx. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).


Obtaining Audition Music:

ILMEA District IX Teachers – Please note, this music is being provided for the sole purpose of ILMEA auditions and the festival performance. This music should not be performed by any students unless a complete, original set of music is own by your school/district. Scores for the pieces will not be provided, only the parts being used for the audition process. Selected students who will require additional parts (e.g., 2nd violin parts) will be provided with the festival music after the selection process. The bowings should be followed as written in the parts. However, the fingerings provided are optional and may be changed as preferred.

ILMEA D9 Junior Orchestra Scales (1.3 MB)

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