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All-State Guitar Ensemble

Glen McCarthy will be the conductor for the 2025 FMEA All-State Guitar Ensemble. Glen has extensive experience teaching guitar at the high school level in Virginia and, after retiring from the classroom, has done tremendous work promoting and supporting guitar education through workshops and clinics. The concert repertoire that Glen has selected is challenging, varied, and fun, but first, students need to pass the audition!! Below is a link to the 2025 FMEA All-State Guitar Audition Items packet. Please download and distribute now so students can begin the process. The timeline of important dates is found on page 1 of this document. Please contact Ed Prasse using our Contact Us page if you have any questions or concerns, and thank you for all of the work you do in supporting your guitar students in Florida!

2024-2025 FMEA All-State Guitar Audition Packet



Guitar Ensemble Festival

The FMEA Guitar Ensemble Festival is a day full of guitar activity, including ensemble performances from elementary, middle, and high school programs. Ensembles of all levels of experience perform for NO RATINGS and receive instant feedback in areas of technique, tone, musicality, and musical interpretation. 

2024 Festival Sites:

  • February 17, 2024: West Port High School, Marion County, Ocala
  • February 22, 2024: Leon High School, Tallahassee
  • February 24, 2024: Winter Haven High School, Polk County, Lakeland
  • March 30, 2024: University High School, Orange County, Orlando

Performance Options:

  • Solo: Perform one piece in a 10-minute timeslot for evaluation. $12 entry fee.
  • Small Ensemble: Perform one piece in a 10-minute timeslot for evaluation. $10 per performer, maximum 8 performers
  • 30-Minute Ensemble Workshop: Perform 2 pieces in a 30-minute workshop setting. $200 entry fee
  • 60-Minute Ensemble Workshop: Perform 3 pieces in a 60-minute workshop setting, $400 entry fee


Checks and signed entry forms must arrive at the FMEA office 14 days prior to the festival date of the site you choose to attend. Credit card payments are not available for the festival entry fees at this time, so please plan accordingly.  

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