I recently auditioned for the TMEA All-State Orchestra Ensembles, and am wondering how strict are they in accepting people?
I play the Viola and I played well except for a rest on one of Prokofiev’s excerpts.
Does anyone have any idea on how many violas(or everyone in general) try out, and what the judges look for?
I have already made All-Region Orchestra for my region.
The judges are listening for tone quality, how well you play the music in terms of correct notes and rhythms, fluidity of technique, bowing and interpretation. I can tell you, despite what Kaka said, there are a huge number of students who try out for the Texas All-State bands and orchestras.
It has been a number of years since I judged at the region or area level but I can tell you that the process is very competitive, and if you’ve made it through to those levels you can be proud of your achievement. You didn’t indicate what level your tryout was at.
As to numbers of a particular instrument taken that can vary, and your director could probably find out that information for you.
Good luck. Hope you make it all the way to State.