What is WESTERN Regionals and All State?
Western Regional High School Music Festival is an event run by the Connecticut Music Educator's Association (CMEA). CMEA is our local chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It is to music teachers what the AMA is to doctors.
The event involves an audition process to participate with the other best musicians in the Western Region of Connecticut in a 2 day intensive festival. Accepted students are given repertoire which they must prepare on their own and with their private teachers, and then renowned guest conductors are brought in to rehearse them for two full days. A concert is the capstone experience for the participants.
Participation in this festival is akin to what it would be like to be a professional musician. The pros show up to the gig prepared, ready to contribute to the ensemble. It is expected that the music is learned completely ahead of time in order for the concert to be a success with such a small amount of rehearsal time. As music educators, it is always exciting to see our students shine in this environment with like minded peers who also take their studies seriously.
For more information about CMEA and its events, please visit their website.
It is CMEA policy that participating students be "in good standing with their school music program." At RHS, that is defined as enrolled in a performance course in their school music program unless they play an instrument that does not allow them to be in an ensemble (such as harp, piano, guitar). For more details, read here.
Western Regional Auditions
Here are some important dates and information regarding the festival. Please read the following very carefully and make note of the amounts/remittance information and timelines.
The Registration Form and checks for $20 are due on SEPTEMBER 30. Make checks payable to RHS.
Audition Date: November 16th, 2019 at New Fairfield HS
Late November - Festival Acceptance/Ensembles Posted by CMEA. Please allow time for teachers to print results for students.
12/1/19 - Confirm Region Festival Participation with your teacher. Medical forms, student contracts, and festival checks for $30 due. CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO FORMS. Scroll down to the section that says "Student Forms" and you'll find them downloadable and printable there. Make sure to download the Student Health Form and the Student Festival Contract. Festival checks are to be made payable to RHS, who pays your fee on your behalf per request of CMEA.
Festival Date: 1/17/20 - 1/18/20 at Darien HS; SNOW DATE 2/14/20 - 2/15/20
Please note that we require the forms earlier than the CMEA due dates for our school to allot for processing. If you miss our deadline, you may miss out on participation.
ALL STATE AUDITIONS
Students who are accepted into Western Regionals AND who participate in the festival are eligible to audition for All State.
Audition Date: February 8, 2020 at North Haven HS; SNOW DATE February 15, 2020
Audition fee: $25 (due with your regional acceptance fee)
Festival Date: 4/2/20 - 4/4/20 at the CT Convention Center
Further information will be given to you by your teacher if you are accepted into All State.