Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) is an organization to which all music teachers in the state of Illinois belong. One of the important things that the association sponsors is called "District Festivals." The state is divided by region into 9 districts. SCN is in district 9, and we have about 45 high schools in our district.
The auditions determine placement into the various ensembles (band, orchestra, choir, and jazz groups). There are two festivals, one for classical and one for jazz (which takes place in November.)
Students who rank at the top of these groups may be invited to the "All-State" convention which is held in late January in Peoria.