Some of my readers may not know what IMEA is. Our state public education system has a music organization called Illinois Music Educators Association. As far as I know, most--if not all states--have similar organizations and festivals. IL is divided into six districts for IMEA events. Six district festivals are held in November each year.
Students are nominated (for orchestra, band, or choir) by their music teachers early in the school year and then in October allowed to audition for placement. If a student ends up in a high chair (placement) in their district festival--and they are at least in 10th grade--they are invited to attend the All-State festival in late January where the kids (in similar placements) from all six districts come together to form orchestras, bands, and choirs--two of each.
Once they arrive on Thursday of the week of All-State, excerpts--of music they have been preparing for a month or so--are posted, and an audition sign-up sheet is posted. They do not know if they will make the All-State group or the Honors All-State group, so they have to prepare all six pieces for the auditions.
Auditions are held from 10 AM to 2:30 on Thursday. Placement is posted by 4:30 or 5:00. First rehearsals are from 6:30 to 10:30 Thursday night. The groups rehearse most of the day on Friday and Saturday morning. All the groups then perform on Saturday afternoon in the Peoria Civic Center. The three all-state groups (orchestra, band, and choir) give their performance at 1:00 pm, and the Honors all-state (orchestra, band, and choir) give theirs at 3:15.
So, with that explanation, some of you are wondering how is it that we (home educators) are involved. Home educators are allowed to participate in limited numbers in our state. I'm thankful... of course, I have to admit that since Curt and I pay about $5000.00 a year to our local schools via property taxes (!!!) I would certainly be offended if we were not permitted to take part. Sorry, a side topic there... it just spilled out. : )
So, in the pics below, first, LaRae is working her way up to the board where audition results are posted. (This was yesterday.) I had already read the results while she was with some friends at a concert (IMEA sponsored) down the street at the Civic Center. But, I didn't tell her the results once she arrived... wanted her to see for herself.
The honors orchestra list was on the far right, so she was looking, looking, looking, working her way over that direction until she saw the results.
Of course, I know the world of music; it's a cruel and unpredictable one. It is a world of extreme subjectivity! More than anything, Curt and I are thankful that she has developed a skill that makes her a tool in the hands of God. Not only does it give her a skill that can be of use for the benefit of others, but she is developing diligence, endurance, and other character qualities through the whole process!
We all have potential abilities (talents) that God has placed within us; as we develop them to be of use to Him, I believe He is pleased.