Auditions are required for all School of Music youth ensembles. Students are placed according to their musical level and advance as their skills improve. There is a modest non-refundable $10 fee to audition.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A PLACEMENT AUDITION?
All students are asked to:
1. Play a prepared solo of their choice that demonstrates technique and can be performed confidently. Memorization and accompanist not required.
2. Sight-read an assigned selection. The student will be given one minute to review.
3. Play scales as indicated below:
Students should be comfortable playing in the major keys of G, C and D. Students may be asked to sight read, but if they are not yet comfortable sight reading please be sure to make that clear to the conductors and keep practicing!
Violin Scales – D Scale (1 octave), C Scale (1 octave), and G Scale (2 octaves if possible)
Viola and Cello Scales – D Scale (1 octave), G Scale (1 octave), and C Scale (2 octaves if possible)
Bass Scales – D Scale (1 octave), G Scale (1 octave) and C Scale (1 octave)
Students should be comfortable playing in the major keys of G, C, D, A, F and Bb.
Violin Scales – C, G, D, A and Bb Scales (all 2 octaves) and F Scale (1 octave)
Viola and Cello Scales – C, G, D and F Scales (all 2 octaves)
Bass Scales – D Scale (1 octave), G Scale (2 octaves), C Scale (1 octave) and F Scale (2 octaves)
Students may be asked to play C, G, D, A, F, B-flat and E-flat major scales.
String players should play 2 or 3 octaves (preferred) scales in the keys above.
Wind players may play 1 or 2 (preferred) scales in the keys above and a chromatic scale.
Bowings and articulations for the scales are at the discretion of the player.
Students should be comfortable playing concert keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, and a chromatic scale the full range of their instrument. Concert Band students are NOT asked to sight-read, although it is important that they have this basic ability. Percussionists will be asked to show their proficiency in rhythm on a snare drum and other percussion instruments.
BEFORE YOU AUDITION, YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Membership in a School of Music ensemble requires that students are involved in their school orchestra or band and must provide the name and contact information for their school orchestra or band director at the time of registration. Exceptions to this will be made ONLY if there is no existing orchestra or band program at the school or if there is a direct conflict in scheduling between a required academic course and the school music program.
Limited financial aid is available to students who demonstrate a financial need. Click here for more information on how to apply.
ENSEMBLE DROP + REFUND POLICY
Students dropping the program after the 2nd week of rehearsals or before the mid-semester deadline (Fall: November 14; Spring: March 14) will receive a 50% refund for that semester if full tuition has been paid. Students dropping after mid-semester will not receive a refund. An email referencing the drop must be received by the deadline or the full tuition will be due.
CAN’T FIND THE INFO YOU NEED?
Please contact our School of Music registrar, Jessi Carr:
or 616-459-2224 ext. 209.