Tips for All-State?
Does anyone have experience in any of the allstate symphonies? I will be headed to NYSSMA New York at the end of this month.
How do these festivals in terms of rehearsals differ from all-county?
I don't know anything specific about New York All-State but don't they publish a rehearsal schedule in advance?
Brrrr! Rochester, NY in December. Take warm clothes!
I did Maryland All-State in 1975-1977, and at that time the majority of the students were (like me) from Montgomery County and members of the Montgomery County Youth Symphony. Baltimore and suburbs were the second largest contingent.
I lived in Takoma Park and Rockville (Montgomery County) from 1956 - 1962.
All-State is not necessarily better than the best Region orchestra, depending on the scheme for choosing who goes to All-State.
Hi! I'm from Buffalo, NY, so I've got experience with All-State and ECMEA!
I went to Washington all-state two years ago and we had a fantastic conductor from out of state. it was basically three days of 10+ hour rehearsals with some time in between for eating, and then we performed. seating was really arbitrary, I ended up in first violin a few seats in front of the concertmaster of my local youth symphony and some fantastic players ended up towards the back of the seconds. it was a good experience, though I was exhausted afterwards. just make sure you really know your part ahead of time and take care of yourself so that you don't get any injuries and can stay awake and attentive during rehearsal.