Vocal Jazz Singers

Senior Orchestra


Auditions: Monday, October 8 (Columbus Day)- Location TBS. $8.00 Audition Fee.

Festival: Saturday, November 17- Location TBD. $20.00 Festival Fee.


When Available: Register your school with the ILMEA state office: www.ilmea.org scroll down and select 2017-18 Participating School Form. Fill out and submit the annual registration fee per school.

ILMEA is open to all public, private and home school students in grades 6-12.

Students must sign up for auditions through a school.

If selected to participate in the ILMEA District 6 Festival, students are to attend all rehearsals and the concert.

If a student is auditioning for more than one ensemble, he/she will be placed in the ensemble that they had the best audition.


Conductor: Darwin Aquino (aquinotejedad@umsl.edu)

Festival Music
Wagner's Tannhauser
Berlioz's Roman Carnival



Audition Information


Senior Orchestra audition spots and scales are posted the day of auditions.

Two weeks before IMEA auditions, the Senior Orchestra chair will announce 4 violin excerpts to prepare and 2-3 pages from which viola, cello and bass audition excerpts will be taken. 

Directors will nominate Violins for auditions, not Violin I or Violin II. VIOLIN STUDENTS MUST PREPARE ALL 1ST AND 2ND VIOLIN EXCERPTS. After auditions, students will be placed into either 1st or 2nd violin. Music will be sent to the directors after auditions

Audition Music: 

Harp Audition: go to http://ilmea.org/divisions/orchestra/orchestra-audition-procedures/

Roman Carnival Overture Parts:  RCO Violin I/II (756.7 KB) RCO Viola (355.3 KB) VCO Cello (382.6 KB) VCO Bass (271.9 KB)

Tannhauser Overture Parts:  Tannhauser Violin I (5.1 MB) Tannhauser Violin II (4.9 MB) Tannhauser Viola (3.2 MB) Tannhauser Cello (2.6 MB) Tannhauser Bass (1.6 MB)

State Required Excerpt:  State Required Excerpt (416.3 KB)

ILMEA Senior Orchestra Audition Excerpts 2018

Always play top divisi  

Violin ( Excerpts (5.4 MB)
Excerpt 1, Tannhauser vln 1, m 242-313
Excerpt 2, Tannhauser vln 1, m 395-439
Excerpt 3, Tannhauser vln 2, m 142-171
Excerpt 4, Roman Carnival vln 1, Reh 3-Reh 5
Excerpt 5, Roman Carnival vln 1, 8 measures before Reh 8-Reh 10
Excerpt 6, Roman Carnival vln 1, Reh 18-Reh 20
Excerpt 7, Roman Carnival vln 2, Tempo 1 Allegro Vivace (after Reh 5)-Reh 6

Excerpts will come from Tannhauser  pages 3 and 5; Roman Carnival pages 1 and 4.

Excerpts will come from Tannhauser pages 2, 3 and 4; Roman Carnival pages 1, 3 and 5

Excerpts will come from Tannhauser pages 1 and 2; Roman Carnival pages 2, 3 and 4 

B-flat, F, C, G, D, A and E major and c and g melodic minor
3 8va for violin, viola and cello
2 8va for bass

State Excerpts TBA



Nominating directors: remember that Senior Orchestra string students are eligible for All-State in 10thgrade. Please make sure you select this option when nominating your students in the RNS.

Directors nominating string basses: please consider allowing your bassists to participate in the district band for both ILMEA District Festival and ILMEA All-State. You may mark orchestra as their first choice, and choose band as a second choice. If scores warrant, I like to have at least one bass perform with our ILMEA district band. Band string basses must complete the Senior Orchestra audition in order to be selected to Senior Band, and they must use their bow for all four audition components.


Senior Orchestra Winds & Percussion: Please encourage your top wind, brass and percussion students to participate in the senior orchestra by selecting orchestra when you nominate your students. I greatly appreciate the talents of your winds, brass and percussion that allow us to perform challenging full orchestra literature. For so many students the ILMEA District 6 Senior Orchestra is their only exposure to performing in a full orchestral setting. THANK YOU!!



ILMEA District 6 Festival Info

Please remind students to bring a music stand to the ILMEA District Festival.

Stands are NOT provided at the district festival.

Cellists and Bassist must bring their own rockstops.


*Concert Dress*

Ladies: All black, dresses preferred with exception of cellists and bassists who may wear black dress pants. Blouses should have sleeves. Black dress shoes.

Gentlemen: Tuxedos or black suit with dress shirt, tie, black socks and black dress shoes.




Senior Orchestra Chair/IMEA District 6 Orchestra Rep
Victoria Voumard




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