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All-State Jr. High String Orchestra

New Event
January 19-20, 2018
Location: Abravanel Hall

UMEA is excited to present the 1st Annual All-State Junior High String Orchestra.

2018 Guest Conductor

  • Deborah Baker Monday – String Orchestra


  • Students must upload an audio recording of their specific instrument's audition material when completing the Audition Application.
  • You may upload separate files for each excerpt/section, if wanted.
  • All scales should be on one recording.
  • Audition deadline is 11:00 p.m. on December 4, 2017.
  • Participating students must be:
  • 1. A 7th-9th Grader (2017-2018 School Year)
  • 2. All 9th graders may adition for the Jr. High All-State String Orchestra (High School or Junior High/Middle School Level 9th Graders).
  • 3. Enrolled in the Orchestra Program (specific to the instrument they are auditioning with) at their school.
  • 4. Students must be Academically and Musically Eligible as determined by their District and School Policy and Ensemble Director.


The application and audition has now closed.
Thank you for your interest.

Audition Materials


  • There will be a $10 Audition Fee for each Application/Audition.
  • Students will be notified by December 19th, if they have been selected.
  • There is a $70 Participation Fee for those who are selected and accept the invitation to participate.



If selected, the rehearsals will be January 19th and 20th, 2018.
Friday Rehearsal Locations:

  • String Orchestra – Orem Junior High School


The All-State Concerts will be at Abravanel Hall (Salt Lake City) on January 20th

  • High School All-State and Junior High All-State Bands Concert – 1 P.M.
  • High School Symphony Orchestra and Junior High String Orchestra – 7 P.M.

Students can audition for more than one instrument.
Eligible 9th Grade Students can audition for both the Junior High and High School All-State Ensembles if they choose. Students selected for the High School All-State Ensemble will not be placed in the Junior High All State Ensemble.

Any questions regarding student eligibility or anything additional regarding the 2018 Junior High All-State Ensembles should be sent to:

  • Angela Harman (All-State Junior High String Orchestra Manager) – angela.harman@nebo.edu
  • Kandis Taylor (All-State Junior High Coordinator) – kktaylor@alpinedistrict.org

Jr. High/Middle All-State Conductor
Deborah Monday
Deborah Baker Monday teaches in the award winning Logan City orchestra program. She received her B.M.E., magna cum laude, from Florida State University with an emphasis in string education. She was awarded an academic fellowship to attend the University of Alabama where she received her M.M. in composition. She continued her studies at Louisiana State University where she received the Chancellor's Award to participate with the L.S.U. symphony orchestra under the direction of James Yestadt. She has studied theory and composition with Harold Schiffman, John Boda, Frederic Goossen, Paul Hedwall and Dinos Constantinides.
Ms. Monday continued to be an active bass performer when she moved to Utah. After completing all of the course work and passing the written and oral portions of the doctoral exams, she was hired to teach in the Logan City School District as a low string specialist. During her tenure with Logan she has pursued her interest in composition and arranging for educational strings. This has been a rewarding part of her career while she and her husband, Bill, have raised 4 amazing children. She has received awards for outstanding elementary teaching and for Superior Accomplishment with the UtahASTA and UtahMEA, respectively.
She has presented at numerous state music conferences throughout the U.S. as well as several national ASTA conventions and the Midwest Clinic. She is very active as a guest conductor and adjudicator and has received awards and commissions for her work. Her studies in composition and experience in string teaching have combined to make her one of the leading contributors to the repertoire for young string players.

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