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High School Orchestra All-State Festival

The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a high school level orchestra. This ensemble includes violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, and piano, as well as winds and percussion. String students audition for Orchestra; wind and percussion students audition for Band but select Orchestra as their preference. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State orchestra are among the top performers in Nevada.

2024 Nevada High School Orchestra
All-State Audition Information

2024 All-State Audition Student Information 

Students see your music director for more information on the audition process.  All-State Audition and/or Participation fees will be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information on audition fees and audition registration.  Students and parents please contact your school music or ensemble director with any questions you might have about your student's auditions. 

2024 All-State Audition Director Information 

Directors, All-State Ensemble Auditions information as well as forms can be found below. The All-State results will be available no later than December 2, 2023. Please contact your All-State Chairpersons for any questions or help. 

​High School All-State Orchestra Audition Links 

2024 Nevada All-State High School Orchestra
Festival and Conference Information

HS Orchestra All-State Festival Schedule and More
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2024 All-State Festival Participation

All-State Festival Participation Checklist:

  1.  Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Not available yet

  2. Music Directors Complete Director Form Not available yet

  3. Directors Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here $50 Not available yet

  4. 2024 Book Hotel rooms (NMEA Group Room Rate Deadline: not available yet)

 

2024 All-State Festival Payments
  • Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Not available yet

  • Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here $50  Not available yet

  • If you are paying by check please email David Morris the State Executive. Invoices can be requested by contacting David Morris the State Executive at stateexec@nmeamusic.org 

  • Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association.

Important Dates
  • Audition registration: Thursday, Oct. 26

  • Audition signatures and audition fee: Tuesday, Nov. 14

2024 Nevada All-State High School
Orchestra Conductor

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2024 Guest Conductor
Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey
Director of Orchestral Studies Oklahoma State University

Gold Prize Winner in the 2022 World Classical Music Awards and the 2nd Prize Winner of the  2019 Mozart & Tchaikovsky International Conducting Competition, Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey  has been reviewed by critics as a "dynamic and exciting conductor" whose conducting is "imbued  with aplomb, energy, and pathos." Dr. Dickey currently serves as the Director of Orchestral Studies  at Oklahoma State University, where he conducts the OSU Symphony Orchestra and guides all  aspects of the orchestra and graduate orchestral conducting programs. He is also the Music  Director & Conductor of the OSU Youth & Community Orchestras. Prior to his appointments in  Oklahoma, he was the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville  and Music Director & Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra (IA). 

Dr. Dickey has conducted many professional orchestras throughout North America, Europe, and  Asia, including the Bucharest Symphony and Bacau Philharmonic Orchestras in Romania; Danube  Symphony Orchestra in Hungary; Belgrade Chamber Orchestra in Serbia; Lyatoshinsky  Symphony Orchestra in Ukraine; Shenyang Symphony in China; the North Czech and Moravian  Philharmonic Orchestras in the Czech Republic; Atlantic Coast Orchestra in Portugal; London  Classical Soloists in England; and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada, in addition to  the Bakersfield, Macon, Missouri, Norwalk, Rapides, Springfield, and Tulsa symphonies; the  Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island; the Smoky Mountain International Chamber Orchestra;  Naples Philharmonic; Rose City Chamber Orchestra; and the Chicago Reading Orchestra. He has  also worked with numerous all-state, honors, and university orchestras in Arkansas, Colorado,  Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan,  Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,  Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington,  Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

Dr. Dickey holds degrees from the University of Georgia, LSU, and Eastern Illinois University.  He has worked with conductors such as Jin Wang, Jorma Panula, Carl Topilow, Christopher  Zimmerman, Daniel Lewis, Gustav Meier, and Diane Wittry, and further studied conducting in Dr. Dickey holds degrees from the University of Georgia, LSU, and Eastern Illinois University.  He has worked with conductors such as Jin Wang, Jorma Panula, Carl Topilow, Christopher  Zimmerman, Daniel Lewis, Gustav Meier, and Diane Wittry, and further studied conducting in  numerous workshops and masterclasses at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, Cleveland  Institute of Music, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, among others.

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