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Dates for Auditions and Festivals 2022-2023;
New Senior Rubrics Posted

August 9, 2022

  • Here are the audition and festival dates for the 2022-2023 school year. Note that we'll be returning to in-person auditions at Westfield State University.​


Senior Auditions -- Saturday, November 12th (snow date November 19th), Westfield State

Junior Auditions -- Saturday, December 3rd (snow date December 10th), Westfield State


Senior Festival -- Saturday, January 7th & Saturday, January 14th, location TBD

Junior Festival -- Saturday, March 11th & Saturday, March 18th, location TBD

  • Representatives from across the state have worked to create standardized rubrics for senior auditions. You can access these new rubrics at this page. Note that there may still be some slight changes between now and the audition; we will be sure to update you if that is the case.

  • All of the repertoire pages have been updated for auditions in the fall of 2022. 

  • Recordings for the concerts this spring have been posted. Here are the senior recordings and here are the junior recordings.​​

  • Congratulations to our 2022 Western District Scholarship recipient! Allison Clifford is a flautist from Wilbraham who has performed with a wide variety of ensembles including Western Districts Concert Band and Orchestra, All-State Concert Band, Connecticut Youth Symphony and the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble. She will attend the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in the fall to study Flute Performance and Music Education. 

  • We are grateful to Amanda Johnson for her leadership during an especially difficult time to be a music teacher! As of the end of June, Amanda will move to the role of past-chairperson, as we welcome our new chairperson, Ashley Paradis.

  • We previously offered separate treble and young men's choirs at the junior level, but changed to one ensemble the past two years. We hope to make the move to one ensemble permanent going forward.

  • We are in desperate need of folks to step up to manage, or assistant manage, ensembles at the junior and senior level next year. We also have a couple openings on our executive board, including the newly created position of festival chair. If you are interested in filling one of these important roles, reach out to Ashley Paradis.

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