2024 All-State Middle Level String Orchestra


Audition Materials

The following information will be posted at a later time:
Audition Registration Dates & Audition Manuals


What is the All-State Middle Level String Orchestra?
Strings students in seventh and eighth grades (whose teachers are NMEA members) are offered a chance to work with acclaimed conductors during the Nebraska Music Education Association Conference/Clinic. The 2024 All-State Middle Level String Orchestra will take place on Wednesday, November 20. Auditions will be held in the fall.

This event is in partnership with the Nebraska Chapter of the American String Teacher's Association.

Who can attend?

  • Students attending must be registered and attending the school or home school listed on the registration
  • Students must be under the direction of an NMEA member
  • Students must be in the seventh or eighth grades during the 2024-2025 school year
  • The director MUST be registered and attend the Conference with their student(s).
  • If you wish to become a member of this organization visit: www.nafme.org


Dr. Anthony Trecek-King is a highly acclaimed choral conductor, scholar, pedagogue, and media personality with a career spanning over 20 years. He is an active guest conductor and serves as a Resident Conductor (chorus) with the Handel and Haydn Society. Recognized for his ability to create moving performances that exhibit a surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression, Dr. Trecek-King excels at cultivating vocal and instrumental musicians at all levels. Through his collaborative rehearsal style, he bridges the gap between high art and humanity, captivating audiences while maintaining exceptional sonic quality.

Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as “moving” and possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.” He enjoys cultivating all levels of vocal and instrumental musicians, from youth through professional, using a collaborative rehearsal style. His skill lies in bridging the gap between high art and humanity, drawing audiences into deeply moving performances through acute shaping, expression, and stagecraft, all without compromising sonic quality.

As a conductor and clinician Trecek-King has worked with a variety of artists and ensembles including Leslie Odom Jr., Melinda Doolittle, the San Francisco Symphony ChorusThe Houston Chamber ChoirSeraphic Fire, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Simon Halsey, Yo Yo Ma, Roomful of Teeth, Cindy Blackman-Santana and NFL star Patrick Chung. He has led performances in world-renowned venues including Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Sydney Opera House. Ensembles under his direction were integral to projects that have won a Pulitzer Prize (Madam White Snake, Zhou Long), received a Grammy (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Boston Modern Orchestra Project), and earned the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from Presidential Committee on the Arts (Boston Children’s Chorus).

Dr. Trecek-King has gained international acclaim for his collaborations with choirs and orchestras worldwide, including the University of Cologne Chamber Choir, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, members of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, the Juvenil Schola Cantorum, the University Simón Bolívar, and Polifonija, a state chorus of Lithuania. He has even had the privilege of serving as a guest conductor for both choir and orchestra during a semester of residence at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany. Notably, he was the sole American conductor chosen to participate in both the Eric Ericson Masterclass in the Netherlands and the Eric Ericson Award, an international conducting competition held in Sweden.

He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University, and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Boston University. Currently residing in Boston, he shares his life with his partner Melanie (of Thinking is Power) and their beloved cat.


Symphony XI No. 2, Mvt. 1 Joseph Bologne, arr. Reynard Burns
Nimrod from Enigma Variations Edward Elgar, arr. Mitchell Bender
Legends of Glory Kathryn Griesinger
Adoration Florence B. Price, arr. Alexandra Dee
La Paloma Sebastian Yradier, arr. Longfield
Hoe Down (from "Rodeo") Aaron Copland, arr. Stephen Bulla



NMEA will utilize Google Forms to collect student auditions, which will be available when the window for audition submissions opens. Auditions will include:

  • Scales
  • Etudes (Set 1)

1. All-State Scale Sheets (click each to download)

Each scale sheet contains both major and minor scales.

2. All-State Etudes (click each link to download)

Please note that the etude sheets do not include bowings.


There will be a $10.00 audition fee for all students who audition for the 2024 All-State Middle Level String Orchestra and a $50.00 participation fee for those students that are selected. More information regarding auditions will be available in the fall.