Audition Requirements

Each audition will last approximately five minutes and include:

  • Scales (as listed below)
  • Sight reading
  • A section of a prepared piece (1-2 minutes in length) of the student’s choice which best represents their playing level.

Scale Requirements

All Orchestras:

  • Strings

  • Violin: G, Bb – 2-octaves for the string orchestras; any two 3-octave scales for the full orchestras (1 major/1 minor preferred).
  • Viola, Cello: C, D – 2-octaves for the string orchestras; two 3-octave scales for the full orchestras (1 major/1 minor preferred)
  • Bass: E, G – 1-octave for the string orchestras; two 2-octave scales for the full orchestras (1 major/1 minor preferred)

Full Orchestras ONLY:

  • Woodwinds, Brass: Chromatic over the full range of the instrument, plus the C and E scales (not concert pitch), as many octaves as possible.
  • Piano, Mallets: Chromatic, Bb and E scales, all 3 octaves.
  • Harp: No scales.
  • Percussionists will be expected to audition on both mallets and snare (with rudiments).






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