DEADLINE: All-State B&O Audition Applications, B&O Adjudicator Workshop Applications, District Transfer Applications
All-State B&O Audition Applications: Featuring the State of Michigan's most outstanding young wind, percussion, and string musicians who are members of the bands and orchestras of the MSBOA member schools. These auditions are open to any 7th - 12th grade student of an MSBOA member school. All-State registrations must be done through the student's director. Audition requirements will be posted on the MSBOA website under News in early September.
B&O Adjudicator Workshop: The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association seeks highly qualified music educators to serve as adjudicators for our festivals. Evaluation of our students and ensembles holds a very high position of importance in the mission of the MSBOA. We therefore consider the qualifications of each candidate very carefully. Candidates must have a minimum of five (5) successful years (ten (10) years preferred) teaching instrumental music and must have demonstrated a high level of achievement in his/her programs.
Persons interested in becoming an adjudicator for any of MSBOA’s festivals must first apply to the Association. The application is reviewed by the District Executive Board that has jurisdiction over the applicant’s home. Each District renders a decision, either approving or not approving the candidate. Those recommendations are submitted to the full MSBOA Executive Board for a final decision. The full Executive Board will decide on each candidate individually and may or may not agree with the District’s decision. This meeting takes place at the MSBOA Fall Executive Board Meeting held the first full weekend in November.
Candidates that are approved must then attend the Adjudicator Workshop held on the second Saturday in December. After successfully completing the full one day workshop, the adjudicator is placed on the MSBOA Probationary Adjudicator list. Each candidate must then successfully adjudicate at least four (4) festivals in two (2) different MSBOA Districts to be placed on the Permanent Adjudicator list. The candidate will be given forms to record each festival at which he/she adjudicated. It is the responsibility of the candidate to keep the forms until the required number is obtained and then submit all of the Probationary Adjudication Forms at one time to the MSBOA State Office.
Applications and detailed information for this event will be posted on the MSBOA website in early September under News.
District Transfer Applications: All district transfer requests must be made in writing to the MSBOA State Office and have the endorsement of the school's administrator. This formal request will then be forwarded to each district's executive board, ultimately to be approved or denied at the State Fall Executive Board meeting.