All-County and All-State
In Maryland, all instrumental music students have many opportunities to audition for all-county and all-state groups. Each year, many Walt Whitman students in band, jazz ensemble, and orchestra have enjoyed great success in performing in these honors groups. We strongly encourage our students to challenge themselves and audition for the various Honors, All-County and All-State Ensembles!
Why audition? The groups bring together the finest young musicians who want to challenge themselves, work with some of the top youth conductors, and socialize with peers from other schools. Auditions for Honors and All-County are held in the fall. These groups rehearse one night during the school weed for five to seven weeks and culminates with a final performance in the winter. Auditions for the All-State ensembles are overseen by the Maryland Music Educators Association. Following fall auctions these groups gather for a two-night hotel stay over one weekend in February for rehearsals and a final gala performance.
We encourage all music students to consider auditioning for one or more ensembles.
- Prepare! Don’t procrastinate. These auditions are very competitive and cramming your preparation at the very end will reduce your chances of success dramatically.
- Set up a practice calendar and pace yourself. Periodically record your efforts and critique your progress.
- Practice in front of a mirror and in front of friends and family.
- Seek help! Your private teacher is your best resource! If you are looking for help in finding a teacher, please talk to Ms. Alvey or Ms. Borsum as soon as possible.
- Dress professionally. Remember that you have only one chance to make a first impression. However, some of the auditions are behind screens. It makes sense to find out ahead of time so you know what to expect.
- Remember to act professionally, with an air of confidence, not arrogance.
- Take your time and think before you play. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!