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All-State Guitar Ensemble

2018-2019 Audition Information Packet

The FMEA All-State Guitar Ensemble auditions are open to high-school students in grades 9-12 who participate in a school guitar program. See the FMEA All-State Page for more eligibility details.

Membership Requirements: Teachers must be a current members of FMEA to sponsor auditioning All-State Guitar students.  Membership must be current as of September 1, 2018. If paying by check, it must be postmarked 7 days before the audition entry deadline.

Make sure "Guitar" is selected in your FMEA Membership account. If you didn't check it when you renewed your membership, login and click "Account Info," then go to the "Miscellaneous Info" tab. 

Audition Registration: Teachers will register their students through the MPA-Online system.  Deadline is September 1, 2018. Payment and forms generated in MPA Online should be sent to the FMEA office, NOT the FOA district chair. 

Audition Dates: Auditions are held in conjunction with the Florida Orchestra Association auditions.  Contact your FOA District Chair or see the FSMA Calendar of Events for exact dates and times for your district. Please note that we are extremely grateful to FOA for helping facilitate our auditions, but guitar teachers do not need to become members of FOA.   

Basic All-State planning timeline:

  • distribute the music to your students for immediate practice
  • register auditioning students online by September 1, 2018
  • perform the auditions in mid-late September
  • results announced in October
  • make hotel reservations and register students for the conference
  • music mailed mid-late October
  • practice in November and December
  • arrive in Tampa on Tuesday January 8th, 2019 at 7pm for first rehearsal with individual parts prepared
  • long, yet rewarding rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday
  • All-State Guitar concert on Thursday Jan 10th 2018 at 12:30pm

Much more detailed info to come in the next few months. I look forward to another great year with you all.

Ed Prasse
Chair, FMEA Secondary General Music Committee
Coordinator, FMEA All-State Guitar Ensemble


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. 

2018 Guitar Festival Entry Information