Band and Orchestra represented at All-State Conference
Band and Orchestra represented at All-State Conference
Posted on 12/18/2017
Band and Orchestra represented at All-State Conference

All-State Conference judges recently announced the results of band and orchestra auditions, and St. Pius X is honored to send a student from each program. Faith Lerma, junior, was selected violin 2 for the concert orchestra and Daniel Stotzer, senior, trombone 2, will perform in the symphonic band.

The preparation for All-State was similar to choir, but with a 4th requirement. Auditions test scales, excerpts, sight-reading, and études. An étude is a composition that is intentionally difficult to play, and used to refine a specific skill. Students have to prepare to play an entire étude, but are judged solely on a random selection of 10 bars.  

Approximately 1,100 students auditioned for All-State Band, and 500 for orchestra. Once again, band and orchestra students competed against every district, from 1A to 6A. Stotzer auditioned for an instrument with only 10 available positions in symphonic band. Concert orchestra auditions began with only 36 violin positions. To earn one of the 36 spots, Lerma auditioned against no less than 400 students.

Due to the number of students competing, the All-State audition process takes from 4 to 5 days, per program. Keith Jordan, SPX Band Director, said, “When you’re talking about total auditions, it takes 2 days for Albuquerque, just for band. It takes 1 day for Farmington, it takes 1 day for Las Cruces, 1 day for Portales.”

Band, choir, and orchestra students who make it through the audition process also contend with eligibility and service hour requirements. The rigorous training should provide for an impressive day of concerts on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at UNM. The current schedule has Stotzer performing with the symphonic band at 10:30 a.m. and Lerma with the concert orchestra at 12:45 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased the week of the conference at the ticket office in the UNM bookstore. Visit for the most up-to-date schedule and additional information.
Faith Lerma Daniel Stotzer Faith Lerma and Daniel Stotzer rehearse recently for the All-State Conference in the Jim Morley Theatre.

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