Western Region High School Festival

Audition Information

Auditions for region festivals during the 2021-22 school year will be held virtually through the CTFest Audition platform which will open for teachers in August. A completed school association fee (SAF) form and payment must be received, and teachers’ individual CMEA/NAfME memberships must be current in order to register students for auditions.

Though region auditions are once again virtual, CMEA is planning to hold the region festivals in-person and also, hold the All-State auditions in- person.

Audition Registration closes November 5, 2021 **
Last Day to upload videos is November 13, 2021
Audition Fee: $20 (Postmarked by 11/13/21)

**Late registrations will not be accepted under any circumstance. Audition registration closes November 5, however teachers may continue to upload videos past that date for previously registered students until November 13th.

Festival Information

February 5, 2022 

Darien High School
80 High School Lane
Darien, CT 06820

Concert Tickets

General Admission $14. (+ s.c.)
Due to limitations during the pandemic:

  • In-person seating is mildly limited.
  • All audience members must wear a mask.
  • There are two separate concerts.
  • Payment is by credit card only.
  • No tickets will be sold at the door.

Concert Times
Choir & Jazz 4:00 pm
Band, String & Full Orchestras 6:00 pm

A single download mp3 recording of the concert will be emailed to participants via the email in their Family ID account within the next few weeks.

Festival Acceptance by December 8, 2021
Festival Fee: $40 (Postmarked by 12/22/21)

Festival Participants must complete the required health form and contract  through FamilyIDParents or Guardians may access the  forms by clicking on the button below.

Download FamilyID Registration Instructions and Support Information

HARP Auditions: All MS and HS harp region auditions will take place together on one day at the Southern Region HS Auditions, on November 1 at Joseph A. Foran High School, Milford. Teachers should register harp students in their own regions as they do all other students. MS teachers please note that MS harp students must be registered on CTFest by October 23, in order to create the SRHS schedule.

Committee Members

Western Region Co-Director

Robert Thornton

Western Region Co-Director

Andrew Gadwah

HS Audition Scheduler

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Festival Co-Chair

Malcolm Karlan

Festival Site Co-Host

Bethany Fuscaldo

Adjudication Site Co-Host

Nick Albano

Festival Co-Chair

Jon Grauer

Festival Site Co-Host

Patrick Taylor

Adjudication Site Co-Host

Lynda Smith

Choir Co-Chair

Gwynne Wittmann

String Orchestra Co-Chair

Jennifer Burkhalter

String Orchestra Co-Chair


Choir Co-Chair

Sarah Gleason

Symphonic Orchestra Co-Chair

Meghan Stewart

Symphonic Orchestra Co-Chair

Jeri Muehleise

Band Chair

Ronald Secchi

Jazz Band Co-Chair

Rex Cadwallader

Jazz Band Co-Chair

George Beratis


Concert Band

Michael Salzman



String Orchestra


Jazz Ensemble

John Mastroianni



Teacher’s Guide to CTFest Videos

CMEA Copyright Policy

CMEA expects all students participating in the audition process to abide by all copyright laws. Students must have an original piece of music, a digitally purchased copy w/receipt, a public domain copy, or perform from memory. With the exception of students performing from memory, students auditioning without an acceptable copy of music may be disqualified from festival participation.