Auditions & Contests


SJCMEA All-County Honor Band: AUDITIONS DUE BY ____12/7/17______

The San Juaquin County Honor Band is a great opportunity to connect with musicians from across the county and make lasting memories with friends you never knew you had. It is a great honor to be accepted into this ensemble, and auditions will be recorded and submitted digitally by me. The County Honor Band experience is incredible and unlike anything else. Represent our school and test yourself to achieve the highest honor of musicianship in San Joaquin County! For more information, please ask or email.

SJCMEA Honor Band Home Page:

Audition Materials: ________________to be posted on 9/15/17_________________________

Audition Information: ___________________________________________


CBDA All-State Band: AUDITIONS DUE BY ________________

The California Band Directors Association hosts two junior high All-State bands which perform each year at the CASMEC convention in San Jose. This year, the performance dates are February 15-18th, 2018. Acceptance into an All-State ensemble is one of the highest honors a young musician can earn in the state of California. Students must record and submit their auditions digitally (I will do this on their behalf) and commit to rehearsals and practicing the music rigorously should they be accepted.

Auditions Information Page:

Audition Materials: Click Here

CBDA Home Page:


Central Valley Youth Symphony: TO SET UP AUDITION EMAIL

CVYS is a local community orchestra dedicated to honing the skills of musicians from ages 8-22. There are two orchestras (preparatory and symphony orchestra), and rehearsals occur at the University of the Pacific. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with musicians around the Stockton community, enhance your musicianship tenfold and spend time on a college campus. The Preparatory Orchestra is conducted by Shane Kalbach and the Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Thomas Derthick. Please email me if you are interested and have any questions.

Shane Kalbach Bio:

Thomas Derthick Bio:

CVYS Homepage:


T-Shirt Design Contest: SUBMISSIONS DUE BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017

Two student designs will be selected as the new logos for our band shirts. The front logo will be our official band logo, and the back logo will be background for the names of our members. These students will have input on the design process and will assist with decision-making in regards to their work.


Composition Contest: SUBMISSIONS DUE BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

One winner will receive free composition lessons from Mr. Fonzi to prepare for a fourth quarter world premier of their work. Additionally, their piece will be recorded by the Wind Ensemble on the CMMS Bands album.


Solo and Ensemble Contest: SUBMISSIONS DUE BY THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018

Four winners will be featured in our fourth quarter concert. Submissions may include chamber music, solo music, and soloes with ensemble accompaniment. Examples of chamber ensembles include:

-Quartets, trios and duets

-Choirs (flute choir, clarinet choir, etc.)

-Small Ensembles (Mariachi Band, Jazz Combo, etc.)

Submit recordings/ videos to: __________________________




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