The All-State Music Festival is a three-day event held in April at the Capital Center for the Arts which features the most talented young musicians in the state. The festival is sponsored by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association and highlights musicianship in three different disciplines - choral, concert band, and orchestra.
In order to qualify, students are required to audition in a massive audition weekend in late November. The audition process is like a scene out of America Has Talent, where hundreds of students are in the same room, warming up, judging the competition, trying to calm their nerves and preparing for their evaluation moment. Over 2000 musicians are then winnowed down to 120 choir members, 80 concert band members, and 50 orchestra members.