SCHOOL OF MUSIC

AUDITION INFORMATION
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. If accepted, this fee is applied to tuition.

Auditions are currently open for the 2018-2019 Season and will be held on the following days:
ORCHESTRA + BAND AUDITIONS: September 6, 2018
JAZZ AUDITIONS: October 16, 2018

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. Student will be given one minute to review.
3. Play scales as indicated below:


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

SINFONIA
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)

CONCERT ORCHESTRA
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)

PHILHARMONIC
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.

CONCERT BAND
Students should be comfortable playing concert keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, and a chromatic scale the full range of their instrument.

JAZZ ENSEMBLES

  • Play an excerpt from a prepared unaccompanied solo piece (classical or jazz) or from an ensemble piece learned in the school band.
  • Sight-read an assigned selection.
  • Students may be asked to play C, F, Bb, G, D, and a chromatic scale.
  • Students will be invited to play other scales previously studied (major, minor, blues or jazz scales).
  • Students may demonstrate their improvisation ability by playing Bb blues (accompanist provided). 


BEFORE YOU AUDITION, YOU SHOULD KNOW:

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Membership in a School of Music ensemble requires that students are involved in their school orchestra or band and must have a signed recommendation form from their school orchestra or band director (the form will be supplied after acceptance into an ensemble). 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. 

TUITION PAYMENTS
Checks made out to SCMC, cash, money order, Visa, Mastercard or Discover are accepted. A $10 fee will be charged for returned checks. Monthly or quarterly payment plans may be arranged through the education director. Online payment is also available through the PARENT PORTAL.

FINANCIAL AID
Limited financial aid is available to students who demonstrate a financial need. To apply, please print out the form below and return it to the education office with the required $25 deposit. SCMC reserves the right to discontinue any financial aid award because of frequent absences or tardiness, or because of delinquent payments.

CLICK HERE FOR A FINANCIAL AID FORM

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 Education Director Martha Bundra
Email: Martha@scmc-online.org
Phone: 616-459-2224 x206.