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ILMEA Auditions 2020

September 26, 2020


  • Overture to Ruslan and Lydumila (Glinka / McCashin)
    • Tempo: Quarter = 116
  • Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 (Borodin / Dabczynski)
    • Tempo as printed: Quarter = 64
  • Brook Green Suite, Mvmts. 1 & 3 (Holst / Schirmer)
    • Mvmt I Tempo: Quarter = 124
    • Mvmt III Tempo: Dotted Quarter = 144
  • Dia De Los Muertos (Meyer) — this piece will not be on the audition
    • Tempi as printed
    • Allegro Con Gusto (and Tempo I): Quarter = 144
    • Andante Tranquillo: Quarter = 92
    • Deliberately: Quarter = 84


  • Registration Due: 9/17
  • Auditions: 9/26
  • Festival: 11/7

Audition Information

General Information

It is a great honor to audition as each director in Illinois only send those students from their orchestra who represent their highest talent. I hope you decide to practice the audition music and go to the audition; it is, however, not required. It is an opportunity for those who are interested.

ILMEA, or Illinois Music Educators Association, has divided Illinois into nine regions called Districts. Orchestra directors throughout each district pick their best students to audition for the orchestra in September. About 350 students audition, but only the top 100-120 are accepted. These few who make it, practice the music on their own, rehearse for one day in November, and perform an outstanding concert in the afternoon of the same day. This is a group of students who are some of the best young musicians in Illinois. The Orchestra sounds fantastic and I hope you are chosen to perform with it.

The actual date for the ILMEA audition is Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Round Lake HS. You will provide your own transportation. Directions and audition times will be forwarded to me in the fall. There is an audition fee of $8.00. If you qualify for the ILMEA festival, you will participate in a concert on Saturday, November 7, 2018. At the festival, rehearsal runs from 8AM until about 1:30PM (with breaks), and then the concert will start at 2:00PM.

Your job is to practice all of the concert music. The judge will listen to portions of each piece (generally, but not always, the hardest sections). We will receive these sections about a week prior to the audition. We will have some after school rehearsals in the fall to clean up any last minute details and to help fix any problems that didn’t get worked out over the summer. Don’t forget to listen to recordings of these pieces on YouTube. They are all famous pieces for which there are many quality recordings.

You will need to let me know your final decision by early September so that I can get you an audition time. Please also take this music to lessons with your private teachers. Once again, it is a great honor to be a part of the ILMEA Regional Orchestra. I hope you take this honor very seriously, and work hard. Practice, practice, practice!


September 26, 2020
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