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  • Support, promote and expand school orchestra programs throughout the State of Florida.
  • Provide support and training for members in teaching, leadership, and advocacy.
  • Empower members through mentoring and continuing education.

2021 All-State Audition Requirements

The All-State audition requirements have been posted on myfoa.org. They may be accessed via this link.

Please note the following very important information regarding this year's audition music.

  • This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FOA is providing the audition list and the music for All-State auditions.The music for each instrument in each ensemble is contained within its own downloadable pdf packet.

  • The etudes and excerpts provided on myfoa.org are the official audition music. Students will be evaluated against the posted music.

  • The editions of all the music provided on myfoa.org is in the public domain.

Please communicate to your students the above information. Other music sources, methods, and editions may be different - including etude numbers, measure numbers, and rehearsal letters.The packet provided on myfoa.org will be the reference the judging panels will use for evaluation of student auditions.

Distance Learning Webinar

On April 8, 2020, FOA hosted a webinar exploring the topic of distance learning. The webinar video and notes may be accessed by following this link.

Notice from FSMA Regarding MPA's

Dear FSMA Membership,

In this time of uncertainty dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, we have been given the opportunity to showcase the resilience and adaptability that we, in the arts -specifically music - are known for. We are problem-solvers and are dedicated to creativity and resourcefulness. 

COVID-19 has struck our world at a critical time of year for all tasked with the education of the next generation. The impact that the coronavirus has had on our nation and our state has many implications for education as a whole during this impactful time here at the end of the year, and that includes music performance assessments.

After careful deliberation, the Florida School Music Association and the component associations (Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, and Florida Vocal Association) have decided to cancel the remaining 2020 District and State Music Performance Assessments to ensure the safety of our students and teachers. The leadership has taken into consideration recommendations from the CDC, government officials, and feedback from members. Payments previously made will be automatically refunded in the coming weeks.

Please understand that this decision was made for the safety of all involved and was a collaborative decision among the leadership of FSMA and the component associations. There are several mitigating factors that led to this decision. First, the level of uncertainty regarding the upcoming days and weeks would greatly impede event planning. Second, many of our school districts have closed and having students participate in MPA events further exacerbates the day-to-day instructional process as schools move towards closing out the year. Thirdly, location resources needed in order to hold MPA events between component organizations vary greatly as a result of the virus. 

I recognize the hardship that this makes for you as directors and how this information can certainly be disappointing for students, especially our seniors; however, paramount to all of the other mitigating factors is the health of our music community. Please allow me the opportunity to express my appreciation to the presidents and executive directors of FBA, FOA, and FVA for their collaboration with FSMA regarding MPAs.

I wish each of you a healthy year-end. Artists are known for resiliency. In that regard, please take the necessary precautions to keep yourselves and your students safe. I truly believe that the restorative power of music is needed more now than ever before. Let us continue to shine the light of artmaking into the days ahead.

Best regards,

Craig S. Collins, Ed.D.
President, Florida School Music Association

FOA State S&E and Concert MPA

After much deliberation the Executive Committee has made the decision to err on the side of caution for our members, students, and families.  Therefore, the decision has been made to cancel State Solo & Ensemble this year.  

There will be no alternate date for this event this year.  Schools that have already registered will be receiving their voided registration checks back within the next week.  It is the hope of the FOA Executive Committee that everyone stays safe and well.

A determination about State Concert MPA will be made later.  As of now, there are no plans for cancellation of this event.

Matthew Davis, President
Florida Orchestra Association, Inc.
mdavis@myfoa.org

 

Updated Concert MPA Lists

New Concert MPA music lists have been posted to the MPA Music page. These lists will be used for 2019-2020 District and State Concert MPA. Please discard all lists from prior years.

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