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General Information

Region 18 Auditions are conducted according to audition guideline as outlined by TMEA. Students are responsible for checking this website for audition information updates and information regarding audition errata.

NOTE: The date, time, and location below are for string orchestra (including harp and piano). Click here to view date, time, and location for wind and percussion.


Saturday, October 7th, 2023


Middle School String Auditions

8 AM Check-in, 9 AM Auditions begin

High School Harp Auditions

9:30 AM Check-in, 9:30 AM Auditions begin

High School Piano Auditions

10 AM Check-in, 11 AM Auditions begin

High School String Auditions

1 PM Check-in, 2 PM Auditions begin


James Bowie High School

4103 W Slaughter Ln

Austin, TX 78749

Audition fee

Audition fee: $10
Signup deadline: Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Late deadline: Friday, September 30th, 2022
Late fee per student: $10 ($20 total)
*This does not include the campus fee.

Fill out Student Agreement Form and turn into your Orchestra Director with audition fee.

TMEA Sponsors can register students by logging into the TMEA Website or using Charms Office Assistant. Contact the district chair if you need help.

Full payment is due prior to all TMEA functions. Please make all checks payable to Region 18 Orchestra.

Send all payments (cash or check) to the Region 18 Treasurer:

Brandon Clinton
Region 18 Orchestra
Murchison Middle School
3700 N Hills Dr.
Austin, Texas 78731

Parking/Day-Of Information

This information will be updated closer to the audition date

Middle School Material

Audition material consists of one Etude, released May 1st, and two excerpts, released August 21st. Due to copyright, we are not able to post any of the musical material to this website, students must obtain the music from their Orchestra Director or Private Teacher. If you are homeschooled or do not have access to this material, contact Ricky Pringle,, for more information.

High School Material

TMEA Region cuts are listed below. Area Recording Tracks will be released on Sep 1. This page will be updated.

Due to copyright laws, we are not able to post any music online for access. Please contact your orchestra director, TMEA sponsor, or the region chair ( for more information.

IMPORTANT - students are responsible for checking the TMEA website for errata, which will not be posted here. Please click below to access the TMEA website.

View Errata


Selection 1

Area Track #1

Selection 2

Area Track #3 (first 3 lines)


Selection 1

Area Track #1

Selection 2

Area Track #3


Selection 1

Area Track #1

Line 6 - The seventh note should be an A-sharp played with a second finger

Selection 2

Area Track #3 (first 3 lines, no repeat)

String Bass

Selection 1

Area Track #1

Selection 2

Area Track #3


Selection 1

Area Track #1

Selection 2

Area Track #3


Selection 1

Area Track #1

Selection 2

Area Tracks #3 and #5 combined

Students who have questions regarding piano auditions for Region 18 Orchestra should contact Mr. Randy Cantu at

Wind and Percussion Audition (HS)

Winds, Brass, and Percussion


Saturday, November 12th, 2022


8 AM Check-in, 9 AM Auditions begin


Jack C. Hays High School

4800 Jack C Hays Trail

Buda, Texas 78610

For more information, please contact the contest host John Rauschuber at

Home School Students

View Elegibility Requirements for TMEA Activities

Homeschool Rule

A student representing a homeschool must enter the audition process in the same region as the public school district in which the homeschool is located. Homeschool classification is considered to be the same as the public high school in which boundary the student resides. A homeschool student may not participate after the end of the fourth year following the first audition entry once they declare high school status.


Each student's TMEA Active member director or member sponsor must be in attendance at all TMEA auditions and any other TMEA activities in which the student is involved. Each Region shall define written guidelines determining the use of proxies.

Who may be the member/sponsor?

  • A parent of a homeschooler who is an Active TMEA Member
  • A private lesson teacher who is an Active TMEA Member
  • A director of a homeschool or community music group who is an Active TMEA Member

What are the responsibilities of the TMEA Active Member/Sponsor?

  • Attend Region Meetings if able
  • Enter the student into the contest via the TMEA website
  • Be familiar with TMEA Region and State contest rules and dates
  • Be present and prepared to serve at all auditions when the homeschool student is involved. Some Regions will require the homeschool member/sponsor to provide a competent judge if the member/sponsor is not qualified to serve on a judging panel
  • Be present as a chaperon for Region Concert/Clinic (and beyond if the HS student advances)
  • Be present as chaperon in San Antonio if HS student is selected for All-State

Information about TMEA Region Alignment

  • TMEA is divided into 33 Regions
  • To determine your Region, first determine the school district in which the homeschool student resides. Complete a school district search on the TMEA website to find the Region (e.g., the homeschooler would attend Westwood HS in Austin but it is within the Round Rock ISD boundaries. Searching for Round Rock ISD will show it is in Region 26).
  • Click here to search for your Region

When are the TMEA Region Meetings?

There are two Region Meetings per year, one typically before school starts in the fall and another in the spring.

Meeting Schedule

Membership Instructions

  • Join TMEA
  • The TMEA Membership year is from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.
  • You must be an Active member to access high school Area/All-State band and orchestra audition excerpts posted on the TMEA website as well as enter students into contests

Contest Entries

  • Entry Instructions
  • The Name of the campus should be HOMESCHOOL
  • The Homeschool Campus will be responsible for all campus and individual student fees associated with the contest

Audition Material

  • Each Region is semi-autonomous and may select different audition material
  • Attend your Region Meetings for information regarding audition material
  • You must be an Active member to access high school Area/All-State band and orchestra audition excerpts posted on the TMEA website