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All-State Auditions Are Coming Up – Don’t Miss a Chance to Flaunt Your Musical Talent

by Caylee Winpigler

Not to be confused with the insurance company, All-State band, choral, and orchestral auditions are coming up soon. If you are enrolled in a music class at Walkersville High School, you are eligible to try out to join this elite group.

All-State is a competitive organization which combines talent from all across the state of Maryland. All musical groups are separated to perform an array of pieces.

Due to the fact that the involvement of students spreads across Maryland, the students considering auditioning are preparing and feeling the pressure.

All-State students are required to purchase a book from which to practice and get their designated audition piece. Most musicians will need to buy Rubank Selected Studies books, and their predetermined audition pieces can be located on the board outside of the music room, room number 167.

Beyond buying a book, the students will need to sight read a piece of music. Sight reading is when you are given a piece of music that you have never seen before and are asked to perform it on the spot. Of course you are given roughly two minutes to look over the piece, but that does not alleviate the stress of still feeling unprepared.

One final test of your skills is the random scales that they ask you perform. This is when you go up and down through various notes in chronological order.

This process is meant to be strenuous because All-State ensembles have only the best musicians from the state. These feats can be met through practice and believing in one’s own abilities.

“I schedule in practicing every single day, and every single day I practice for twenty to thirty minutes,” admitted sophomore Jarrod McWilliams. This will be his first year attempting to participate in All-State orchestra. He has played the violin since fourth grade, but became more serious about it during his eighth grade year.

“When I started I thought it meant rock band, but it wasn’t. It was still awesome. You get to work with a great group of people,” reflected junior Abraham Cain. This is also his first year, and he will be performing with his trumpet.

Even with all of this experience under their belts, those auditioning are still apprehensive.

“I’m very intimidated because there are a lot of people my age who can play well,” McWilliams said.

“I am nervous because it’s intimidating,” said sophomore Madelyn Leach, “For All-County I was competing against like twenty-two other guy percussionists.”

However, not everyone is feeling the pressure so intensely.

“It’s hard music, but I can do it with enough practice,” said Cain.

“I am confident; I don’t want nerves to get the best of me,” responded junior Antoinette Aburto. She is well versed in several instruments, but has chosen to audition on the euphonium.

To those musicians on the fence about whether they want to do All-State, there are remarkable positives to come from this experience.

“There are colleges that do take musical scholarships,” McWilliams said enthusiastically. By showing involvement and interest in music through a group like this, individuals are more likely to be given those exclusive scholarships.

“It has helped me to build confidence and become a better musician by pushing me to my limit,” replied Aburto.

Regardless of what these musicians are feeling, the first step towards their admittance to All-State is practice, calm breathing, and having faith in themselves.

The remainder of the WHS student population wishes them the best of luck in this pursuit.