All-State High School Orchestra


Conductor Douglas Droste is recognized as possessing “obvious joy” for making music and a “sure sense of timing” when on the podium. Those under his baton routinely acknowledge his in-depth interpretations, keen sense of communication, and personable ability to empower musicians.

Droste’s guest conducting appearances include the INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), and the orchestras of Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Midland-Odessa, Fox Valley (IL), Chappaqua (NY), and the Amarillo Virtuosi. Equally at home in the pit, he has conducted over 30 productions of opera, ballet, and musical theatre. Droste has also led eclectic shows with artists such as Black Violin, Ben Folds, The Flaming Lips, Pink Martini, Michael Cavanaugh, Time for Three, Christian Howes, and Disney’s All-American College Orchestra Alumni, among others. He previously served as Artistic Director of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, where he was praised for dynamic performances, innovative programming, and his rapport with musicians and community.

A dedicated teacher, Droste is Director of Orchestral Studies at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, where he conducts the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra and teaches conducting. He regularly programs traditional repertoire, works by underrepresented composers, as well as new music by the composers of today. He also seeks unique collaborations and projects, such as Ron McCurdy’s Langston Hughes Project, sensory friendly concerts for children with special needs, and a recording with Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, “Take Me to the World,” on the Ghostlight label.

As an advocate of music education, Droste has conducted numerous all-state orchestras, as well as the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House, Let Music Live Festival at the Vienna Musikverein and Rodolfinum in Prague, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and an upcoming engagement with the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America. He is also active as a clinician and adjudicator, including Festival Disney, ASTA’s National Orchestra Festival, MCP at Carnegie Hall, and the Music for All National Festival. Droste is a Yamaha Artist and Master Educator.

A talented violinist, Droste has performed with the orchestras of Canton, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville, and the Lancaster Festival, among others. He is also skilled on viola, trumpet, and as a tenor. Droste holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Texas Tech University.

2025 All-State Orchestra Repertoire: TBA

LMEA All-State Orchestra Strings, Winds, Percussion

The All-State Orchestra includes approximately 100 students. There will be a single live monitored audition for strings, harp, and piano.

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. Their auditions will be recorded by the district director or the district’s designated orchestra chair and submitted to the orchestra division chair for adjudication.

Wind and percussion students should refer to the audition information found in the All-State Band section and follow that audition procedure.

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, September 29, 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, October 14, 2024 (by 11:59 pm) – Results for the All-State Handbell Ensemble will be posted online. 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 a high school ensemble must be completed. Academic Award forms (if eligible) are also due.

MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS. Students may audition on more than one instrument, but must submit the audition fee and a separate registration for each instrument.

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


Dates of All-State Orchestra Event:

  •  – Chair placement auditions and rehearsals
  •  – Rehearsals
  •  – Rehearsals and Concert

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


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