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The audition will consist of the performance of a prepared solo and evaluation of scales.  Evaluation will also be based upon potential ability, performance ability, and knowledge of fundamentals.

How To Prepare For The Audition

  • Practice the prepared piece necessary (see individual program listed below for solo piece requirements.) 

  • Practice and memorize the required scales listed for your instrument.  


What To Bring To The Audition

  • A copy of the prepared piece for panelists

  • Instrument, extra reeds, mallets, sticks, and any other material needed (larger string instruments and percussion will be provided)


What To Expect During The Audition

Ten (10) minutes prior to the audition, you will enter an individual warm-up room

In the audition, you will play through your prepared piece and required scales.  Depending on time, you may be asked to play only a portion of your piece. 


The audition will include: 

  • Performance of prepared piece

  • Performance of required scales

  • Sight-reading

All musicians should be able to demonstrate

  • Solid shifting technique and facility in positions required for scales.

  • Clear tone stable pitch and intonation.

  • Proper technique and control (staccato, spiccato, legato, slurs.)

  • Appropriate style for your musical selection (dynamics, phrasing, articulation, tempo.)

  • Basic sight reading skills


Students will be evaluated individually.  Areas of assessment will include:

  • Tone Quality

  • Intonation

  • Technique/Fundamentals

  • Interpretation

  • Scales

  • Sight Reading

  • Ability to receive feedback/constructive criticism

Orchestral Studies

Required Scales:

Prepare each scale slowly as half-notes with
separate bows and eighth-notes (slur 4 and staccato) at a metronome marking of 100=1⁄4 note. * If
you know beyond 2 octaves for any scale, please prepare.

● Two-octave C, D, A, Bb, Eb major scale and arpeggio.
● Two-octave D, G, A melodic minor scale and arpeggio
● Optional - Three-octave GM (scale only) for advanced placement consideration

● Two-octave F, G, D, Eb, Ab major scale.
● Two-octave G, C, D melodic minor scale and arpeggio
● Optional - Three octave CM (scale only) for advanced placement consideration

● Two-octave D, F, G, and Eb major scales and arpeggios
● Two-octave G, C, D melodic minor scales and arpeggios
● Optional - A major 2 octave, C major 3 octave (scale only) for advanced placement consideration

Double Bass
Two-octave D, Eb major scales (drop to E string after 1st note)
One-octave G, C, B-flat major scales and arpeggios
One octave D, A minor scales and arpeggios

Suggested Solo choices:
Please prepare no more than 2 minutes of a solo piece of your choosing written for your
instrument. Solos should demonstrate your best technical and musical skills. You may choose
one solo from the PDFs linked below or you may bring your own piece of similar level. There are
three options of various skill and musical levels. Please click  below to see all the suggested solo options.

Wind Studies


Students will be asked to play the following scales - C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A,
and E (in your own transposition, not in concert pitch; two octaves or more as
In addition to scales, percussionists will be responsible for demonstrating
rudiments including flams, buzz rolls, and paradiddles.

Solo Excerpts:

Prepare both of the provided excerpts for your particular instrument.
Substitutions for these excerpts will not be permitted.


Music will be provided in the audition, and you will have up to one minute to
review the excerpt before performing it.



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