On Saturday, Oct. 13, several students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) attended the second round of auditions for the All-State Choir, Orchestra, and State Bands. Four will move on to represent the school at the Louisiana Music Educator’s Association’s (LMEA) All-State Conference in Baton Rouge on Nov. 15-19.
Sydney Sorbet (’20) of Covington will be representing the school as a soprano in the All-State Mixed Choir. Trombonist Jonas Truax (’19) of Denham Springs and violinist Stephen Wheat (’21) of Natchitoches will represent the school in the All-State Orchestra. Saxophonist Andrew Yen (’21) of Lake Charles will represent in the All-State Concert Band.
Students from bands and choirs all across the state auditioned to be selected into the All-State music ensembles. During the auditioning process, students are required to play or sing one designated practice piece and one sight-reading piece in front of a blind panel. Students either submitted a taped audition or attended a double-elimination live audition in Tioga or Lafayette, and they must pass two rounds of auditions in order to be accepted into the ensembles.
Roughly 480 students are accepted among all of the students who auditioned.
The LMEA sponsors six All-State ensembles: Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Mixed Choir, Women’s Chorale, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. To be eligible for any of the ensembles, a student must be in ninth through 12th grades, enrolled in a Louisiana-accredited high school and must be an active member of that school’s ensemble program. The ensemble director must be a current LMEA member. Students are eligible for membership in only one All-State group.