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All-State Orchestra

January 19-21, 2017

2017 All-State Combined Rehearsals

Thursday, January 19, 4:30-9:30 p.m., Jordan H.S.
Friday, January 20, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., jordan H.S.
Saturday, January 21, 9 a.m., dress rehearsal at Abravanel Hall

2017 All-State Orchestra and Band Concert

Saturday, January 21, 2 p.m., Abravanel Hall

All State String Audition Information

Auditions will work just like last year, which is online through the "Acceptd" link. This link will be activated at this website as soon as audition details can be shared with the "Acceptd" company. The audition deadline is October 1, 2016.

All-State Orchestra audition exerpts:

Practice the excerpts, specified for your instrument, thoroughly before you begin your audition video.

Note: All excerpts taken from Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story."

2017 All-State Violin excerpts
Violin #1, measures 179-202, quarter note =128
Violin #2, measures 291-314, eighth note =72
Violin #3, measures 410-435, quarter note =132
Violin #4, measures 813-first note 830 (top line), eighth note =80

2017 All-State Viola excerpts
Viola #1, measures 410-435, quarter note =132
Viola #2, measures 730-745, (top line) dotted quarter =144
Viola #3, measures 782-795, dotted quarter =144
Viola #4, measures 825-837 (top line), eighth note =80

2017 All-State Cello excerpts
Cello #1, measures 225-242 (arco), quarter note = 144
Cello #2, measures 430-463, quarter note = 132
Cello #3, measures 654-668 (top line), quarter note = 172
Cello #4, measures 676-686 (top line), quarter note = 172

2017 All-State Bass excerpts
Bass #1, measures 225-242, quarter note = 144
Bass #2, measures 414-440, quarter note = 132
Bass #3, measures 654-668, quarter note = 172
Bass #4, measures 676-686, quarter note = 172

Deadline for harp and piano auditions is November 18, 2016

2017 All-State Harp excerpts
Harp and Piano audition exerpts
Harp #1, measures 278-310, eighth note = 72
Harp #2, measures 545-568, quarter note = 100
Harp #3, measures 589-615, half note = 88

2017 All-State Piano excerpts
Piano #1, measures 100-138, dotted quarter = 128
Piano #2, measures 187-217, quarter note = 128
Piano #3, measures 404-444, quarter note = 132


You may begin your application for All-State and process your video download by clicking below:

Submit your All-State Audition


For information to help you through the process including: Acceptd Help Videos and Resources; Audition submission steps; Recording tips; Uploading tips; Converting videos in handbrake Click Here.

2017 All-State Orchestra Area Rehearsals

American Fork High School, 510 Caveman Blvd., American Fork
Jan. 5, 7-9 p.m. and Jan. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Director: Shauna Smith

Viewmont High School, 120 W. 1000 N., Bountiful
Jan. 4, 7-9 p.m. and Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m.
Director: Eric Burt

Skyview High School, 520 S. 250 E., Smithfield
Jan. 5, 7-9 p.m. and Jan. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Director: Ric Kline

Desert Hills High School, 828 E. Desert Hills Drive, St. George
Jan. 6, 7-9 p.m. and Jan. 13, 7-9 p.m.
Director: Kirsten Candland

Fee and Eligibility Information

Audition fee:
There is a $20 audition fee that will be paid online at the time the audition is submitted.

Participation fee:
Students who are accepted into the 2017 All-State Orchestra will pay a $60 participation fee. Students from schools whose directors are NOT members of UMEA will pay $70.

Orchestra winds and percussion:
Orchestra wind players and percussionists will be selected from among those auditioning for All-State Band. They will be given the opoportunity to list their preference but will be placed (band or orchestra) where they are most needed, according to the quality of their audition. Only string players should submit their audition via the orchestra audition site.

Student eligibility:
Students need to provide the email address of their director. Directors of accepted candidates will be contacted to verify students' eligibility. Student eligibility requirements for All-State participation are as follows:
  • Student is a member in good standing of corresponding school ensemble.
  • Student is registered more than half-time at that school.
The student may qualify for an "Official Exemption," if their main source of education does not offer an ensemble for the student's musical discipline.

Area rehearsals will be held prior to the week of All-State. All participants are required to attend the area rehearsals. If you are not able to attend your area rehearsals, you may attend another rehearsal close to your area.

Michael Christ Powers chosen to conduct 2017 UMEA All-State Orchestra

A native Angeleno, Michael Christ Powers is an ambassador and advocate for music and its transformative and uplifting power in the lives of people in his community. As a professional musician, talented educator and inspiring conductor, he has dedicated his career to connecting to students, musicians and audiences through the medium of music.
Michael Christ Powers
2017 All-State Orchestra Conductor

Ever since being voted “Best Legs” in his junior high yearbook, he has been off and running in his life as a musician. Born in Long Beach and raised in the small town of Cloverdale, Michael found a path to realize his dream of attending college through music. Introduced to the French horn at the age of 12, his natural talent found early success through the hard work of practice, perseverance and the advocacy of his Cloverdale High School band director. The dream was realized when he received a full scholarship to study Horn Peformance at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

His studies at UOP brought him to a greater appreciation of all aspects of music and ultimately to the art and obsession of conducting. Graduating magna cum laude from UOP in 1996, Michael pushed off to New York City, the music capital of the world, to work, play, study and conduct. The experiment was successful as his seven year apprenticeship in the musical trenches of NYC brought him to conduct ensembles which included the Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Juilliard School MAP Orchestra, Manhattan Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, North Shore Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia, and the Long Island Youth Orchestra. The podium training he received in New York allowed him to learn from renowned conductors Zdenek Macal, Gerard Schwarz, Kenneth Kiesler, Gustav Meier and other notable pedagogues. In 2001, Michael made his debut with the South Shore Philharmonic of Long Island, replacing a Music Director candidate who had withdrawn at the last moment. Following the musical success of his debut, Powers was subsequently appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Philharmonic.

To further empower his musical goals, Michael returned to California in 2003 to pursue a Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting at the USC Thornton School of Music. Michael graduated in May of 2005 and by September of that year, the Thornton School, not wanting to let him leave their musical family, appointed him as the Music Director of the USC Concert Orchestra and an Instructor of Conducting. Michael has continued to develop his skills as an ambassodor and advocate of music in his community through his collaborations with the Thornton School of Music, Crossroads School of the Arts, Harmony Project, Los Angeles City College, Pasadena City College, American Youth Symphony, Colburn School, YMF Debut Orchestra and many others. He has conducted concerts in three continents and is in demand as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, private teacher and lecturer.

Most recently in Spring 2016, the New Valley Symphony Orchestra led an extensive search for a new Music Director, afterwhich four finalists, including Powers, were invited to conduct a subscription concert. Through his musical leadership, impassioned interpretations, and engaging connection with the audience, Michael was offered the position and will take leadership of the orchestra in the 2016-17 season. Another highlight of the coming season includes a trip in January 2017 to Salt Lake City, Utah where Michael has been selected to be the conductor of the Utah All-State Orchestra. His All-American program will include works by composers Nico Muhly, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein.

Outside of the realm of conducting and teaching, Michael makes use of those great legs of his to run on the roads and trails of Griffith Park and to occasionally frustrate himself with a round of golf. Together with his bride-to-be, opera singer Katherine Giaquinto, he also explores the many and fascinating neighborhoods of LA and their excellent restaurants, museums, culture and architecture. For Michael, the city proves itself to be a catalyst and center for art in all its forms and continues to be a daily inspiration for his work and life as an Angeleno.

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