Frequently Asked Questions

Who may submit an audition?

  1. Students with an instrumental music program at their school:
    a) Auditions must be submitted by the school director.
    b) The director must include all fees in one payment and obtain the four required signatures on each student application.
    c) The student must be in their school program to be eligible to audition.
  2. Students with no instrumental music program at their school:
    a) Private Instructor or parent must join as an Associate Member.
    b) All fees must be paid.  These include the membership dues, the school fee, and the student fee.
    c) Parent must obtain the four required signatures.  The private instructor or parent may sign as the director.
    d) A letter on school letterhead, signed by the school principal, confirming that there is no instrumental music program at the school must be included with the All-State Application.
  3. Home school students:  
    a) Parents must join CBDA as an Associate Member.
    b) All fees must be paid.  These include the membership dues, the school fee, and the student fee.
    c) The parent will sign as the Director, Principal and Parent.
    d) Proof of home school enrollment must be submitted with the All-State Application.

What organization do I (the director) have to be a member of in order to participate?

You must be a member of CBDA to submit wind or percussion auditions for All-State. You must be a member of CAJ to submit jazz auditions for All-State.  You must be a member of CODA to submit string auditions.

Is there an application/submission deadline?

All auditions must be uploaded, approved, and submitted for judging by the director by 11:59 PM on Dec 1, 2020.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  All paperwork/and non-refundable payments must be postmarked (or emailed BY THE DIRECTOR) by Dec 1, 2020.  If your postmark is Dec 2, 2020 or later, your packet will be returned unopened.

When are results posted?

Results will be posted during the first or second week of January (usually after January 6)

When and where does All-State take place?

As our Nation continues its battle with the COVID-19 Pandemic, all of the organizations at CASMEC want to make sure that our students will still have the chance to make music with the best in the State! We are excited to be partnering with Virtual Arts, Inc to create unique and entertaining performances of this year’s All-State Ensembles. Every All-State student musician will receive a “Welcome Box” filled with All-State swag and will be able to meet their renowned conductor to begin our journey of making music from a distance.

Over the course of two rehearsal blocks (January 23rd and February 13th) our musicians will spend time with conductors, master class clinicians, fellow all state members, and will even have the chance of attending clinics tailored for students! We can’t wait to welcome you to this once in a lifetime experience this winter for the 2021 California All-State. Make sure to check your organization’s websites for audition windows. Happy auditioning!

How much does it cost to participate?

If you are a junior high or high school student who is selected to participate in one of our 2021 Virtual All-State ensembles, there is a non-refundable participation fee of $95.  The fee includes the cost of master classes, conductors, music purchase, digital performance production, and All-State materials.  This fee is due in early January. Other costs are as follows:

  • Application Fee for Students (non-refundable) – $55.00 per audition (fee waived for certain double-auditions.  See application)
  • Director Membership (non-refundable) – $50.00 ($25.00 Retired; $10.00 College Student)
  • School Fee, if sending students to audition for honor ensembles (non-refundable) – $55.00

Other optional costs for directors and other adults attending the virtual conference on February 19-20 are as follows:

  • Conference Registration – $55.00 for Active Members; $75 for non-members; $10.00 for Retired Members; $10.00 for College Students
  • Conference registration is non-refundable after January 1.

What if I can’t afford the participation fee?

Contact your school’s booster program, your school, your district, or community organizations like Optimists, Lions, Elks, etc.  Many of these organizations are willing to help students that have earned a place in an honor program.

How do I submit the paperwork and payment?

All audition payments can be submitted through the CBDA Digital Audition System.  Audition paperwork can be emailed to or mailed to CBDA, 2417 N 11th Ave, Hanford, CA 93230
Information for submitting participation paperwork and fees will be shared with auditioning students, directors, and parents via email closer to the event.  This information will also be posted here:


Questions?  Please email Trish Adams at