2019 Region Orchestra Applications are OPEN online!

OMEA continues the use of online applications for the 2019 Region Orchestras/2020 All-State Orchestra. You will need the following items to apply:

  1. Student and parent e-mail addresses.
  2. Digital recordings of required etudes/solos/scales/warm-up (as listed below)
  3. Your director’s contact information
  4. Your director’s 9-digit NAfME identification number
  5. A credit card for the $15 application fee (paid to Acceptd)

Visit the Acceptd page to learn more and start your application.

Eligibility (from OMEA Rules and Regulations)

  • Students must be in grade 8, 9, 10, 11 to apply
  • Students must be enrolled in their school ensemble*
  • Student’s school ensemble teacher must be an NAfME member with OMEA affiliation
  • Students must participate in all rehearsals and performance of the Southwest Region Orchestra

*If the student is homeschooled, their private teacher must be an OMEA member.

Application Timeline

March 1:
Application and audition material available.

May 31:
Deadline for all applications to be submitted. Please carefully note the specific etude and performance requirements. They are all different for 2019.

August 31:
Notification of results to applicants and directors.

Audition Excerpts


Use the links below to prepare for SWRO 2019 auditions. Please download the TECHNICAL etude and EXCERPT, make note of the required scales.

When creating your recording, remember to include all the the following items:

  1. Prepared TECHNICAL Etude

  2. Prepared Audition EXCERPT

  3. Two class A scales as noted by instrument: at least 2 octaves.

  4. Short Solo (approx 2 min)


  • TECHNICAL: Mazas Etudes Brilliantes, Op. 36, Book II No. 39          2019 VIOLIN TECHNICAL
  • EXCERPT: Schubert Symphony No. 2, first mvt., m. 11-47, Violin I     2019 VIOLIN EXCERPT
  • SCALES: Record a 3-octave A Major, 2-octave F Major
  • TECHNICAL: Mazas Etudes #41 mm 1-24 (no repeat, 1st ending only). 2019 VIOLA TECHNICAL
  • EXCERPT: Brahms, Variations on a theme by Haydn, Variation VII (no repeats) 2019 VIOLA EXCERPT
  • SCALES: Record a 3-octave D major scale and a 2-octave Bb major scale.
  • TECHNICAL: Gruetzmacher etude Op 38 No. 5 to first double bar (D major section). 2019 CELLO TECHNICAL
  • EXCERPT: Smetana, Overture to Bartered Bride, cello 1, beginning to A 2019 CELLO EXCERPT
  • SCALES: Record 3-octave D major scale and 2-octave Bb major scale.
  • TECHNICAL: Storch-Hrabe, Etude No. 1. 2019 BASS TECHNICAL
  • EXCERPT: Schubert, Symphony No 8, Movement #2 (section on page 4). 2019 BASS EXCERPT
  • SCALES: Record 2-octave A major scale and 2-octave F major scale.
  • Scales:  None
  • TECHNICAL: N.C. Boscha 40 Progressive Studies for Harp Etude #2, Moderato (pg. 89)  2019 HARP TECHNICAL
  • EXCERPT: Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Ballet Suite Op. 20a, Scene #4, Cadenza 2019 HARP EXCERPT

Solo Requirement

**String students applying in the Southwest Region (including harpists) are required to record a prepared solo.  This element is key to the audition process as it allows students to demonstrate their full potential and ability. Please keep the solo to approximately 2 min in length.

Recording & Submission Instructions

In total, students will upload FOUR files: 1) scales, 2) etude, 3) excerpt, 4) solo

At the beginning of each recording, the student must announce their full name and scale/piece title. Recordings must be continuous and cannot be enhanced or edited in any way.

Label your files as follows: “OMEA19_20_LastnameFirstname_Type” (type = scales, etude, excerpt, or solo).

After You Apply

Results will be listed on the results page and students will be emailed regarding their acceptance.

You will then be asked to submit the $50 participation fee and fill out an emergency medical form.

Leadership Auditions

Students who qualify for All-State Orchestra will be required to participate in live seating auditions in order to determine leadership positions in SWRO. These will take place before the first rehearsal, starting at 5:30pm. Auditions will be based on contrasting excerpts from the repertoire to be announced. Information will be sent to qualifiers and their teachers once All-State results are announced in August. 

For questions, please contact:

James Ledbetter, OMEA SW Region Chair
[email protected]
(937) 725-5954