What is WESTERN Regionals and All State? 

Western Regional High School Music Festival is an event run by the Connecticut Music Educator's Association (CMEA).  CMEA is our local chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  It is to music teachers what the AMA is to doctors.  

The event involves an audition process to participate with the other best musicians in the Western Region of Connecticut in a 2 day intensive festival.  Accepted students are given repertoire which they must prepare on their own and with their private teachers, and then renowned guest conductors are brought in to rehearse them for two full days.  A concert is the capstone experience for the participants.  

For more information about CMEA and its events, please visit their website.

Eligibility Requirements

It is CMEA policy that participating students be enrolled in their school music program unless they play an instrument that does not allow them to be in an ensemble (such as harp, piano, guitar).  


Western Regional Auditions

Here are some important dates regarding the festival:

  • The Registration Form and checks are due on SEPTEMBER 30.  Make checks payable to RHS.

  • 11/11/17 - Auditions at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk

  • 11/18/17 - Festival Acceptance/Ensembles Posted by CMEA.  Please allow time for teachers to print results for students.  

  • 12/1/17 - Confirm Region Festival Participation with your teacher.  Medical forms, student contracts, and festival checks due.  CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO FORMS.  Scroll down to the section that says "Student Forms" and you'll find them downloadable and printable there.  Make sure to download the Student Health Form and the Student Festival Contract.  Festival checks are to be made payable to RHS

  • 1/12/17 - 1/13/17 - WRHS Festival (Staples High School) SNOW DATE 1/19 and 1/20



Please note that we require the forms earlier than the CMEA due dates for our school to allot for processing.  If you miss our deadline, you may miss out on participation.


Students who are accepted into Western Regionals AND who participate in the festival are eligible to audition for All State.  That information will be posted after the results of Regional auditions.