All-State High School Choir

LMEA sponsors two high shcool All-State choirs – All-State Mixed Choir, which includes approximately 160 students, and All-State Treble Chorus, which includes approximately 60 students. Choir members are selected as a result of district (1st round) and state (2nd round) auditions.


Dr. Lynne Gackle is the former Associate Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University, where she conducts the Baylor Bella Voce (Women’s Ensemble) and the Baylor Concert Choir and teaches courses in choral literature and choral conducting. Lynne is an active clinician, conductor and adjudicator for choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Gackle has conducted All-State choirs in 28 states, several divisional ACDA honor choirs and two ACDA national honor choirs. Internationally, she conducted the Australian National Choral Association’s High School Women’s Choir in Brisbane, the Alberta Choral Federation’s High School Honour Choir in Calgary, the DoDDS-Europe Honors Music Festival Mixed Choir, (Wiesbaden, Germany), the Haydn Youth Festival in Vienna, and the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) International Women’s Honor Choir in Beijing, China. Dr. Gackle is an active author and editor, currently serving on the editorial board for the Choral Journal and was awarded the Florida ACDA chapter’s Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service, leadership, and excellence. Recognized for her research on the female adolescent voice, Lynne is the author of Finding Ophelia’s Voice, Opening Ophelia’s Heart (Heritage) and is a contributing author for other books published by GIA, Oxford, and Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill. She holds memberships in ACDA, TMEA, TCDA, and NATS.

All-State Program for the Mixed Choir: TBA: 


Jessica Nápoles is Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of North Texas. She teaches undergraduate coursework in choral methods, conducts the Concert Choir, and mentors graduate students in research. Dr. Nápoles served as Interim division chair for Conducting & Ensembles in 2019-2020 and Interim division chair for Music Education in Fall of 2020. A native of Florida with a Cuban-American background, Dr. Napoles taught middle school chorus in the public schools of Miami and Orlando, FL. She received her bachelor of music education, master of music education, and PhD in music education from the Florida State University. Prior to her appointment at UNT, she taught at the University of Utah for 11 years. Dr. Nápoles is an active choral conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, frequently engaging in guest conducting opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally. She has conducted All State and honor choirs in 20 states across the United States. She has conducted the Southern, North Central/Central, Eastern, and Western division honor choirs for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

All-State Program for Treble Chorus: TBA


Each of the nine LMEA Districts will hold a district level 1st round qualifying audition to determine the students who will qualify for the 2nd round state level audition. Students must audition in their school’s LMEA district for the 1st round audition.

DATES, FEES, and LOCATIONS for the 1st Round audition are set by each district. (Be aware of 2nd Round deadlines before setting this date.)

REQUIRED FORM:  Student Information Release Form

  • 1st Round – District Directors will require students to submit either this form or their specific district’s form.
  • 2nd Round – This form is required for all students eligible for 2nd Round. Follow your District Director’s instructions for submitting the LMEA Student Information Release Form.


The format of the Second Round audition is a Live Monitored Audition which will be recorded and submitted as an mp3 file. 

  • District directors will verify that teachers of all students participating in these auditions are current members of LMEA.
  • All “2nd round” auditions will be audio recorded by the District Director or his/her designee(s) and submitted as an mp3 file to the Vocal Division Chair for adjudication.
  • All students will be required to sing major scales as part of the 2nd round audition.
  • All students auditioning will sight-read a short exercise, which will be sent to the District Director by the Vocal Division Chair. It is the District Director’s responsibility to send this date to the Vocal Division Chair as soon as it is available.

DEADLINES for 2024:

  • 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, October 5, 2024 – Deadline for completion of all 2nd round auditions and the receipt of all student registrations and audition fees by the district director or his/her designee.
  • Monday, October 14, 2024 (by 11:59 pm) – Results for the All-State Choirs will be posted online. Check BOTH lists. Registration forms for students selected to an ensemble will be opened once rosters are posted.
  • Monday, October 28, 2024 (by 11:59pm) – Deadline for All-State registration for students selected to an ensemble must be completed. Academic Award forms (if eligible) are also due.

These tracks must be used in the audition recording. They include the scale tracks, audition selection, and sight-reading instructions.