All-State Middle School String Orchestra



Image of All-State Orchestra ConductorBob Gillespie is Ohio State University Professor Emeritus of string education/string pedagogy. Under Dr. Gillespie’s leadership, Ohio State University received the 2015 Institutional String Education Award as the premier string education university in the country. Dr. Gillespie is a past national President of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). He is a frequent guest conductor of All-State, region, and festival orchestras, having appeared in 49 states, Canada, Asia, and throughout Europe. He is co- author of the Hal Leonard string method book series, Essential Elements for Strings, the leading string instrument teaching series in the US with sales of over eleven million copies. Also, he is co-author of the college text Strategies for Teaching Strings: Building A Successful School Orchestra Program, the String Clinics to Go DVD series, the Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra texts for GIA publications, and the new method series, Rockin’ Strings for Hal Leonard. In summers, well over 1,600 teachers have attended the annual summer OSU String Teacher Workshop, the largest string/orchestra teacher-training workshop in America. In Columbus, he conducts the Columbus Symphony Chamber Strings Youth Orchestra. In 2020, Dr. Gillespie received the Paul Rolland Lifetime Achievement Award from the American String Teachers Association for significant contribution to the field of string teacher education and string pedagogy.

In 2022, he received the University of Michigan School of Music alumni Hall of Fame Award in recognition of his distinguished career in music education. In December 2023 he will receive the Medal of Honor from the Midwest Clinic for distinct services to instrumental music education and continuing influence on the development and improvement of bands and orchestras in America.

2025 All-State Middle School String Orchestra Repertoire: TBA

LMEA All-State Middle School String Orchestra

The All-State Middle School Orchestra is a String Orchestra. Ordinarily one harp player and one piano player (as required by the current year’s All-State music) will be selected for membership in the All-State Orchestra. All auditions are recorded by the District Director or the district’s designated orchestra chair and submitted as an mp3 file to the orchestra division chair for adjudication.

DEADLINES for 2024-25:

  • District Deadlines – District Directors will provide procedural information and set the deadline for receiving checks and student information from schools in their district. This deadline may be before the state’s deadline.
  • Saturday, November 2, 2024 – Deadline for completion of all auditions and the receipt of all student registrations, the Release of Student Information Forms, and audition fees by the district director or his/her designee.
  • Monday, November 18, 2024 (by 11:59 pm) – Results for the All-State Middle School String Orchestra will be posted online. Registration forms for students selected to an ensemble will opened once rosters are posted.
  • Friday, December 6, 2024 (by 11:59pm) – Deadline for students selected to the All-State Middle School String Orchestra to complete their registration.

This information is for students who have been selected to the All-State Orchestra.


Dates of All-State Orchestra Event: TBA

The exact schedule of orchestra events will be posted as soon as available.


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