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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.
    • Representative repertoire includes: Accolay, Haydn’s G Major, Bach’s A minor, Rieding, Viotti, Seitz Concertos, Czardas
 
Rising 8th-11th Graders:
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
    • Representative repertoire includes: Mozart Concertos, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Bach Solo Sonatas/Partitas, Bruch, Saint-Saens, Praeludium and Allegro)

Viola:

 
Rising 5th-7th Graders:
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
 
Rising 8th-11th Graders:
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
    • Representative repertoire includes: Concertos by Telemann, Stamitz, Hoffmeister, Vanhal, Hindemith

Cello:

 
Rising 5th & 6th Graders:
  • Major scales (one octave) in the keys of:
    • C Major
    • G Major
    • D Major
    • A Major
    • F Major
    • B-flat Major
    • E-flat Major
  • Choice of prepared piece (e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.)
 
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
  • Major scales (two octaves) in the keys of:
    • C Major
    • G Major
    • D Major
    • A Major
    • F Major
    • B-flat Major
    • E-flat Major
  • Choice of prepared piece (e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.)
 
Rising 9th & 10th Graders:
  • Major scales (two octaves) in the keys of:
    • C Major
    • G Major
    • D Major
    • A Major
    • E Major
    • F Major
    • B-flat Major
    • E-flat Major
    • A-flat Major
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
Rising 11th Graders:
 
  • Major scales (two octaves) – all keys
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Bass:

 
Rising 5th & 6th Graders:
 
  • Major scales (one octave) in the keys of:
    • C Major
    • G Major
    • D Major
    • F Major
    • B-flat Major
  • Choice of prepared piece (e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.)
 
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
 
  • Major scales (one octave) in the keys of:
    • C Major
    • G Major
    • D Major
    • A Major
    • F Major
    • B-flat Major
    • E-flat Major
  • Choice of prepared piece (e.g., piece from a method book, étude, movement of a solo work, etc.)
 
Rising 9th & 10th Graders:
 
  • Major scales (two octaves) in the keys of:
    • C Major
    • G Major
    • D Major
    • A Major
    • F Major
    • B-flat Major
    • E-flat Major
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
Rising 11th Graders:
 
  • Major scales (two octaves) – all keys
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

Harp:

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

Flute:

 
All grades:
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
Rising 5th & 6th Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor five-note scales
 
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor eight-note scales
 
Rising 9th-11th  Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor two-octave scales

Clarinet:

 
All grades:
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
Rising 5th & 6th Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor five-note scales
 
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor eight-note scales
 
Rising 9th-11th  Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor two-octave scales

Oboe:

 
All grades:
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
Rising 5th & 6th Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor five-note scales
 
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor eight-note scales
 
Rising 9th-11th  Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor two-octave scales

Bassoon:

 
All grades:
  • Two contrasting selections
    • These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.
 
Rising 5th & 6th Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor five-note scales
 
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor eight-note scales
 
Rising 9th-11th  Graders:
  • Any two major and two minor two-octave scales

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 (B-flat Concert Pitch)
Rising 6th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • C Major (B-flat Concert Pitch)
    • F Major (E-flat Concert Pitch)
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • G Major (F concert)
    • A Major (G concert)
    • B-flat Major (A-flat concert)
    • C Major (B-flat concert)
    • D Major (C concert)
    • E-flat Major (D-flat concert)
    • E Major (D concert)
    • F Major (E-flat concert)
Rising 9th-11th  Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • G Major (F concert)
    • A-flat Major (G-flat concert)
    • A Major (G concert)
    • B-flat Major (A-flat concert)
    • B Major (A concert)
    • C Major (B-flat concert)
    • D-flat Major (B concert)
    • D Major (C concert)
    • E-flat Major (D-flat concert)
    • E Major (D concert)
    • F Major (E-flat concert)
    • F-sharp Major (E concert)

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 (B-flat Concert Pitch)
Rising 6th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • C Major (F Concert Pitch)
    • F Major (B-flat Concert Pitch)
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • G Major (C concert)
    • A-flat Major (D-flat concert)
    • A Major (D concert)
    • B-flat Major (E-flat concert)
    • C Major (F concert),
    • D Major (G concert)
    • E-flat Major (A-flat concert)
    • F Major (B-flat concert)
Rising 9th & 10th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • G Major (C concert),
    • A-flat Major (D-flat concert)
    • A Major (D concert)
    • B-flat Major (E-flat concert)
    • B Major (E concert), C (F concert)
    • D-flat Major (G-flat concert)
    • D Major (G concert)
    • E-flat Major (A-flat concert)
    • E Major (A concert)
    • F Major (B-flat concert)
    • F-sharp Major (B concert)
Rising 11th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • G Major (C concert)
    • A-flat Major (D-flat concert)
    • A Major (D concert)
    • B-flat Major (E-flat concert)
    • B Major (E concert)
    • C Major (F concert)
    • D-flat Major (G-flat concert)
    • D Major (G concert)
    • E-flat Major (A-flat concert)
    • E Major (A concert)
    • F Major (B-flat concert)
    • F-sharp Major (B concert)

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
Rising 6th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • B-flat Major
    • C Major
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • F Major
    • G Major
    • A-flat Major
    • B-flat Major
    • C Major
    • D-flat Major
    • D Major
    • E-flat Major
Rising 9th-11th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • F Major
    • G-flat Major
    • G Major
    • A-flat Major
    • A Major
    • B-flat Major
    • B Major
    • C Major
    • D-flat Major
    • D Major
    • E-flat Major
    • E Major

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
Rising 6th  Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • B-flat Major
    • C Major
Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • F Major
    • G Major
    • A-flat Major
    • B-flat Major
    • C Major
    • D-flat Major
    • D Major
    • E-flat Major
Rising 9th & 10th Graders:
  • Major scales in the keys of:
    • F Major
    • G-flat Major
    • G Major
    • A-flat Major
    • A Major
    • B-flat Major
    • B Major
    • C Major
    • D-flat Major
    • D Major
    • E-flat Major
    • E Major

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
  • Major scales (one octave) in the keys of:
    • B-flat Major
    • C Major
    • E-flat Major
    • F Major
 
Rising 7th-8th Grade:
 
Snare Drum:
  • Concert solo or étude
    • Representative repertoire includes: Peters, Whaley, Mid-State solo or étude, etc.
  • Demonstration of a buzz-roll (pp to ff)
 
Mallets:
  • Two-mallet solo or étude
    • Representative repertoire includes: Goldenberg, McMillian, Whaley, Mid-State solo or étude, etc.
  • Major scales (one octave) in the keys of:
    • G Major
    • A-flat Major
    • B-flat Major
    • C Major
    • D-flat Major
    • D Major
    • E-flat Major
    • F Major
      • §  (Same scales required for Mid-State audition)
 
Rising 9-10th Grade:
 
Snare Drum:
  • Concert solo or étude
    • Representative repertoire includes: Cirone, Delecluse, Peters, Whaley, Mid-State solo or étude, etc.
  • Demonstration of a buzz-roll (pp to ff)
  • Demonstration of open-roll
 
Mallets:
  • Four-mallet solo or étude
    • Representative repertoire includes: Sammut, Davila, Smadbeck, Peters, Zeltsman, etc.
  • Major Scales (two octaves) and arpeggios – all keys
 
Timpani:
  • Solo or étude*
    • Representative repertoire includes: Beck, Firth, Goodman, Mid-State solo or étude, etc.
    • *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
    • Representative repertoire includes: Cirone, Delecluse, Peters, Whaley, Mid-State solo or étude, etc.
  • 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
    • Representative repertoire includes: Abe, Sammut, Davila, Smadbeck, Peters, Zeltsman, etc.
  • Major scales (two octaves) and arpeggios – all keys
 
Timpani:
  • Solo or étude*
    • Representative repertoire includes: Carter, Beck, Firth, etc.
    • *No solos that require extended technique, i.e. playing on bowls or with butt ends of mallets

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