Parent and Student Inquiries
KMEA is a member-based organization, and KMEA members may register their schools and provide opportunities for their students who attend their school. All communications regarding KMEA student-related activities must come through the music teacher, who is the KMEA member. KMEA has a responsibility to its members to insist that this protocol be followed.
All-State Audition Info
Second-round auditions for All-State Band and All-State Orchestra Winds and Percussion will be on the afternoon of the second Saturday of December each year. Auditioning students who wish to take the ACT that day should register for the test at an Elizabethtown test site to insure they will be on time for their audition. Times will be assigned randomly, and once assigned will not be changed. Latecomers will be turned away.
Position Statement Regarding Kentucky All-state Band 2nd Round Assigned Audition Times
It has been standard operating procedure for well over a decade that audition times will be assigned randomly, and that the assigned audition time must be held to. With over 900 students auditioning in fourteen rooms, having the students appear in the randomly assigned order is part of the system that helps insure that the score given for a student’s performance is truly assigned to that student. Years ago the auditions times were not held to strictly, students were allowed to go early or late in whatever order that happened to evolve, and mistakes were common. Because the order of auditions was not predetermined, scores sometimes were entered for students that were not the scores they earned.
It is clear that if an avenue through which students could appeal for exception to receiving assigned audition times there would be a flood of such appeals, and no practical method has been devised for fairly deliberating between them as to which are credible and which are not. It seems certain that if no distinction were made and all who wanted to go at a different time were allowed to do so, the schedule would become meaningless and tabulation errors would most likely result, as happened before the policy on firm adherence to assigned times was established.
By this point in time, the expectation among the band directors of Kentucky has become that the elected band chair will not allow exceptions to the scheduled audition times. As have all band chairs in recent times, the current band chair will uniformly and consistently inform those who ask to audition at a time other than that to which they were scheduled that they will not be allowed to do so.
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