All-State Musical Theatre Honors Ensemble

High school students who have received a First Division (I) Rating at the Music Theatre Solo and Ensemble Festival as a soloists, small ensemble, or large ensemble, are eligible to audition for this special opportunity! Twenty students will be selected to perform in the MSVMA         All-State Musical Theatre Honors Ensemble with rehearsals on January 22 (Grand Rapids, MI) and May 8 (East Lansing, MI) and an evening performance on May 8 at the MSVMA All-State Festival Gala Concert.

The audition form and the audition video must be submitted by 11:59 PM on December 6. In order to audition, students will need to pay a $25, non-refundable audition fee. See the directions and link below.

High school students must complete all requirements listed on the application and submit (within the form) a 32-bar cut of your music theatre solo in an unlisted YouTube video by December 6 to be considered. If selected, you will be working with skilled clinicians to create a powerful musical theatre performance representing the best Musical Theatre students in the State of Michigan. Students will be screened by a panel of adjudicators. If selected, the fees for participation will be $200. 

If in need of lodging, please contact coordinator, Lyn Ciechanski at

If selected, you will be attending an all-day rehearsal workshop on January 22 at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids and an all-day rehearsal on Thursday, May 8 at All-State Festival in East Lansing followed by a performance at the Thursday night All-State Festival Gala concert.

Remember, the deadline to complete the application for this amazing opportunity is 11:59 PM on December 6. 

Questions can be directed to

Audition: $25

Accepted participants

All-State MT: $200

Audition Requirements:

  • Complete form 
  • Prepare and record a 32-bar (1 minute) cut of any musical theatre song, upload it to an unlisted YouTube and paste the link into your form. 

Audition Panel for 2024-2025:

  • Lyn CieChanski, Coordinator of All-State Musical Theatre Ensemble
  • Megan Sinclair, Director of Specialized Festivals
  • Josh Young, Director of All-State Musical Theatre Ensemble

Megan Sinclair

Director of Specialized Events

Lyn Ciechanski

Coordinator of MT Honors Ensemble

Auditions Open:       

November 3, 2024

Audition Deadline:      

December 6, 2024 at 11:59 PM

Audition Results by:     

December 13, 2024 at 11:59 PM

Registration Deadline: 

December 20, 2024 at 11:59 PM


Wednesday, January 22

Michigan Music Conference

Thursday, May 8

East Lansing, Michigan


Thursday, May 8

All-State Festival

2024-2025 All-State Musical Theatre Ensemble Director

Josh Young

Coordinator of Musical Theatre at Missouri State University

Prior to his Tony-nominated Broadway debut as Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar, Josh had the distinction of playing the role of Marius in Cameron Macintosh’s Les Miserables and in more subsequent productions than any other actor.

Josh also won the Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance for his turn in Superstar. He went on to originate the role of John Newton on Broadway in the world premiere of Amazing Grace. Josh was awarded the Broadway World Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his turn as Che in the North American Tour of the Olivier Award-winning revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, directed by Michael Grandage.

This was a reprisal of the role for Josh, having been awarded the same distinction by Broadway World Toronto for Gary Griffin’s production of Evita at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Josh was a company member of The Stratford Festival for two seasons, the rare American to be given the opportunity at this world-renowned institution. It was Stratford’s production of the Des McAnuff re-imagined Jesus Christ Superstar that brought Josh back to the states.

Josh toured Europe and Asia as Tony for the 50th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. Also abroad, and most recently, he played Jerusalem as famed Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach in the biographical rock musical Soul Doctor.

Regionally, Josh’s performance as Tateh in Ragtime earned him the prestigious IRNE Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He’s performed in North America's finest regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Walnut Street Theater, St. Louis MUNY, Baltimore Center Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Huston’s Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company and North Carolina Theatre. He's been involved in new works with NYC's Roundabout Theatre Company, The Transport Group, and The New York Musical Theater Festival.

As a concert artist, Josh has had the privilege of performing with major symphonies across the globe. He most recently headlined for The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of The New York Pops’ principal conductor, Steven Reineke. Equally at home in more intimate venues, Josh has written no less than 5 one-man cabarets which have sold out venues from New York City to Ho Chi Minh City. Josh is a frequent headliner on Crystal Cruises’ specialty voyage, “Crystal on Broadway,'' where his self-written solo shows are highlighted.

Josh can be heard on numerous albums, including the original cast recording of Amazing Grace and on his two solo albums: Still Dreaming of Paradise and his self-titled debut album, Josh Young - several songs of which have been used by championship figure skaters, Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford. Both albums are available on iTunes and Amazon Music.

Josh is the co-founder of Cutting-Edge Composers, a concert and weekly web series on, created to give exposure to musical theatre's next generation osongwriters.

Josh is the Coordinator of Musical Theatre at Missouri State University having just left Oakland University where he led the musical theater program for the past four years and was the 2022 recipient of Oakland University’s Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching.


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