2014 Freshman Chair Auditions

Chair auditions for freshman will take place next week.  Each freshman received a copy of the audition music last week and time slot sheets were posted today in the high school band room.


Each student should sign up for a specific time and be prepared for their audition at least 15 to 20 minutes prior to their designated time. 

Monday 11/3 - Flute/Oboe
Tuesday 11/4 - Clarinet (All)
Wednesday 11/5 - Saxophone/Horn
Thursday 11/6 - Trumpet
Friday 11/7 - Low Brass (Trombone/Baritone/Tuba)

Requirements (Winds)

All students are required to audition in order to participate.  Promptness may affect the results of the audition.  The audition will include three parts averaged together to determine the overall score:  
Scales = 30%, Prepared Piece = 40%, Sight Reading = 30%


All major scales will be played one octave using the following written pitch order:

C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G

Each scale should be played in an eighth note feel with the quarter note = 120 bpm.

Students will only be given credit if all notes within the scale is performed correctly.  Each scale will be worth 1 point and each arpeggio will be worth 1 point.

In addition to the 12 Major scales students will play a one octave chromatic scale starting on a note of choice.  The chromatic scale will be worth 6 pts.

Prepared Piece

All instrument prepared exercises can be found in THIS PDF FILE.

The selection will be adjudicated using the following criteria:

  1. Tone/Intonation
  2. Interpretation of the music.
  3. Technique (correct notes and rhythms)

Sight Reading

Sight reading will be adjudicated using the same criteria as the prepared piece.  Each student will be given one minute to study a short excerpt of music before they will be asked to play.  During that minute students may sing, clap, or count out loud as long as they do not produce a note on their instrument.  After the one minute study time is complete the student will play the excerpt from beginning to end without stopping.


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