Symphony Audition Requirements

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Strings
Students should prepare a three-octave scale of their choice and one solo work. The solo work should best represent your skills and must show elements of shifting, vibrato and a a complement of bow technique such as spiccato, slurred bowings and brush stroke. The excerpt may be either a solo and/or etude. Students should bring a copy of the piece for the judges. The judges may stop a student mid-piece once they have heard what is necessary to make a placement  Sightreading will be used in auditions.

Harps​

Perform a piece of your choosing.


Woodwinds and Brass

Perform a two-octave scale of their choice (quarter note at about 84mm). Perform one solo piece that BEST represents your skills. The piece should be technically challenging but also demonstrate the student’s ability to play musically and expressive. The excerpt may be either a solo and/or etude. Students should bring a copy of the piece for the judges. The judges may stop a student mid-piece once they have heard what is necessary to make a placement. Sightreading will be used in auditions.

Percussion
All interested percussion students should prepare one solo work of their choice and perform the following: 

  • Snare drum: Rudimental Rolls, flams, paradiddles 
  • Mallet Instruments: Two octave major scale and arpeggio of the student’s choice 
  • Timpani: Long roll ppp to fff and interval tuning to Perfect 4th’s and Perfect 5th’s