The mission of the IMEA is to promote lifelong music learning and to provide leadership for music education

Senior Orchestra


Auditions: Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day), Highland Middle School for Jr. and Sr. Orchestra. $8.00 Audition Fee.

Festival: Saturday, November 5, Edwardsville H.S. 6161 Center Grove Rd., Edwardsville. $20.00 Festival Fee.


Register your school with the ILMEA state office: scroll down and select 2016-17 Participating School Form. Fill out and submit the annual registration fee per school.

ILMEA is open to all public, private and home school students in grades 6-12.

Students must sign up for auditions through a school.

If selected to participate in the ILMEA District 6 Festival, students are to attend all rehearsals and the concert.

If a student is auditioning for more than one ensemble, he/she will be placed in the ensemble that they had the best audition.



Conductors: Junior Orchestra: Robert H. Hagenbuch, Jr., Private Instructor & Composer

Senior Orchestra: Frank Lestina, retired Vernon Hills H.S.

Festival Music

Junior Orchestra

Themes from the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak, arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle

Lullaby to the Moon by Brian Balmages

Finale William Tell Overture by Rossini, arr. Dackow


Senior Orchestra

Jupiter from The Planets by Gustav Holst

Masquerade Suite by Aram Khachaturian




Audition Information

Auditions begin at 9:00 a.m. All Jr. and Sr. Orchestra students must arrive no later than 9:30 for auditions.  

No one is allowed in the audition room other than the judge and student.

No form of audio or video taping is allowed in the audition room.

The new "blind" audition procedure will be implemented.

For auditions, students should prepare top part of divisi sections.






Junior and Senior Orchestra Violin Information

Directors will nominate Violins for auditions, not Violin I or Violin II.


After auditions, students will be placed into either 1st or 2nd violin. Music will be sent to the directors after auditions

Contact Victoria Voumard for the violin audition music




Senior Orchestra audition spots and scales are posted the day of auditions.

Two weeks before IMEA auditions, the Senior Orchestra chair will announce 4 violin excerpts to prepare and 2-3 pages from which viola, cello and bass audition excerpts will be taken.


Harp Audition: go to


Nominating directors: remember that Senior Orchestra string students are eligible for All-State in 10thgrade. Please make sure you select this option when nominating your students in the RNS.


Directors nominating string basses: please consider allowing your bassists to participate in the district band for both ILMEA District Festival and ILMEA All-State. You may mark orchestra as their first choice, and choose band as a second choice. If scores warrant, I like to have at least one bass perform with our ILMEA district band. Band string basses must complete the Senior Orchestra audition in order to be selected to Senior Band, and they must use their bow for all four audition components.


Senior Orchestra Winds & Percussion: Please encourage your top wind, brass and percussion students to participate in the senior orchestra by selecting orchestra when you nominate your students. I greatly appreciate the talents of your winds, brass and percussion that allow us to perform challenging full orchestra literature. For so many students the ILMEA District 6 Senior Orchestra is their only exposure to performing in a full orchestral setting. THANK YOU!!



ILMEA District 6 Festival Info

Please remind students to bring a music stand to the ILMEA District Festival.

Stands are NOT provided at the district festival.

Cellists and Bassist must bring their own rockstops.


*Concert Dress*

Junior Orchestra: Girls: black skirts (dress pants for cellists and bassists) and white dress blouse, nylons or dress socks, black dress shoes.

Boys: black dress pants, white button down dress shirt, tie, black socks, black dress shoes.


Senior Orchestra: Ladies all black, dresses preferred with exception of cellists and bassists who may wear black dress pants. Blouses should have sleeves. Black dress shoes.

Gentlemen: Tuxedos or black suit with dress shirt, tie, black socks and black dress shoes.




Senior Orchestra Chair/IMEA District 6 Orchestra Rep: Victoria Voumard 





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