Instrument Requirements

Select your instrument below to view the audition requirements.

Violin  |  Viola  |  Cello  |  Bass  |  Harp  |  Flute  |  Clarinet  |  Oboe  |  Bassoon  |  Trumpet  |  Horn  |  Trombone  |  Tuba  |  Percussion


Violin:

Rising 5th-7th Graders:

  • Two contrasting selections 
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
  • Two major scales (one octave)

Rising 8th-11th Graders:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
  • Two major scales & one minor scale (two octaves) 

Application information


Viola:

Rising 5th-7th Graders:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
    • e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.
  • Two major scales (one octave) 

Rising 8th-11th Graders:

  • Two contrasting selections 
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
    • e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.
  • Two major scales & one minor scale (two octaves)

Application information


Cello:

Rising 5th & 6th Graders:

  • Choice of prepared piece
    • e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.
  • Two major scales (one octave) 

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Choice of prepared piece
    • e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.
  • Two major scales (two octaves)

Rising 9th & 10th Graders:

  • Two major scales & one minor scale (two octaves)
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Rising 11th Graders:

  • Two major scales &one minor scale (two octaves)
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Application information


Bass:

Rising 5th & 6th Graders:

  • Two major scales (one octave)
  • Choice of prepared piece
    • e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Two major scales (two octaves)
  • Choice of prepared piece
    • e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.

Rising 9th & 10th Graders:

  • Two major scales & one minor scale (two octaves) 
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Rising 11th Graders:

  • Two major scales & one minor scale (two octaves) 
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Application information


Harp:

All Grades:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Application information


Flute:

All grades:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Rising 5th & 6th Graders:

  • Two major and two minor five-note scales

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Two major scales & two minor scales (one octave)

Rising 9th-11th Graders:

  • Two major scales & two minor scales (two octaves) 

Application information


Clarinet:

All grades:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Rising 5th & 6th Graders:

  • Two major and two minor five-note scales

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Two major scales & two minor scales (one octave)

Rising 9th-11th Graders:

  • Two major scales & two minor scales (two octaves) 

Application information


Oboe:

All grades:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Rising 5th & 6th Graders:

  • Two major and two minor five-note scales

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Two major scales & two minor scales (one octave)

Rising 9th-11th Graders:

  • Two major scales & two minor scales (two octaves) 

Application information


Bassoon:

All grades:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Rising 5th & 6th Graders:

  • Two major and two minor five-note scales

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Two major scales & two minor scales (one octave)

Rising 9th-11th Graders:

  • Two major scales & two minor scales (two octaves) 

Application information


Trumpet:

All grades:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
    • 5th grade students may choose to perform just one piece

Rising 5th Graders:

  • C Major scale (one octave)

Rising 6th Graders:

  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • C Major (one octave)
    • F Major (one octave)

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Two major scales & one minor scale (one octave)

Rising 9th & 11th Graders:

  • Two major scales and two minor scales (two octaves)

Application information


Horn:

All grades:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
    • 5th grade students may choose to perform just one piece

Rising 5th Graders:

  • F Major Scale (one octave)

Rising 6th Graders:

  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • C Major (one octave)
    • F Major (once octave)

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Two major scales & one minor scale (one octave)

Rising 9th & 11th Graders:

  • Two major scales and two minor scales (two octaves)

Application information


Trombone:

All grades:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
    • 5th grade students may choose to perform just one piece

Rising 5th Graders:

  • B-flat Major scale (one octave)

Rising 6th Graders:

  • Major scales (one octave) in the keys of:
    • B-flat Major
    • C Major

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Two major scales & one minor scale (one octave)

Rising 9th & 11th Graders:

  • Two major scales and two minor scales (two octaves)

Application information


Tuba:

All grades:

  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
    • 5th grade students may choose to perform just one piece

Rising 5th Graders:

  • B-flat Major scale (one octave)

Rising 6th Graders:

  • Major scales (one octave) in the keys of:
    • B-flat Major
    • C Major

Rising 7th & 8th Graders:

  • Two major scales & one minor scale (one octave)

Rising 9th & 11th Graders:

  • Two major scales and two minor scales (two octaves)

Application information


Percussion:

Rising 5th-6th Grade:

Snare Drum:

  • Concert solo or étude
  • Demonstration of a buzz-roll (pp to ff)

Mallets:

  • Two-mallet solo or étude
  • One major scales (one octave) 

Rising 7th-8th Grade:

Snare Drum:

  • Concert solo or étude
  • Demonstration of a buzz-roll (pp to ff)

Mallets:

  • Two-mallet solo or étude
  • Two major scales (one octave) 

Rising 9-10th Grade:

Snare Drum:

  • Concert solo or étude
  • Demonstration of a buzz-roll (pp to ff)
  • Demonstration of open-roll

Mallets:

  • Four-mallet solo or étude
  • Two major scales & two minor scales (two octaves) 

Timpani:

  • Solo or étude*
    • *No solos that require extended technique, i.e. playing on bowls or with butt ends of mallets

Rising 11th Grade:

Snare Drum:

  • Concert solo or étude
  • Demonstration of a buzz-roll (pp to ff)
  • Demonstration of open-roll
  • Demonstration of select rudiments from the 40 International Drum Rudiments

Mallets:

  • Four-mallet solo or étude
  • Two major scales & two minor scales (two octaves)

Timpani:

  • Solo or étude*
    • *No solos that require extended technique, i.e. playing on bowls or with butt ends of mallets

Application information


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