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, 2021.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  The audition system automatically closes at that time and will not reopen until the following year’s auditions open.  All paperwork/and non-refundable payments must be postmarked (or emailed BY THE DIRECTOR) by Dec 1, 2021.

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?

All-State takes place at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC).  CASMEC 2022 will be held February 17-20 in Fresno, CA at various sites throughout the Fresno area.  All-State concerts will be held at the William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M St, Fresno, CA 93721.  All-State concerts are free an open to the public.

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 2022 All-State ensembles, there is a non-refundable participation fee which will be posted soon.  The fee includes the cost of master classes, conductors, music purchase, digital performance production, meals during rehearsal times, and All-State materials.  For 2022, a separate non-refundable housing fee will be charged to students electing to stay in CASMEC housing. These fees are 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 attending the conference February 17-20 are:

  • Conference Registration – $220.00 for Active Members; $365 for non-members; $35.00 for Retired Members; $30.00 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?

Auditions: All audition payments can be submitted through the CBDA Digital Audition System.  Audition paperwork is submitted electronically.  Please check the Recording Instructions and/or Directors Instructions for more information.
Participation for Accepted Students:  Information for submitting participation paperwork and fees will be shared with accepted students, directors, and parents via email closer to the event.  This information will also be posted here:


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