Instrumental Audition Process - Audio Recordings

Two recordings submitted for Wind or String auditions

Five recording submitted for Percussion auditions

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PERFORM FROM AN ORIGINAL OF THEIR AUDITION MUSIC FOR THE RECORDING

AUDITION TIMES
Audition times will vary based on the length of the piece being performed.  Lengthy rests need not be counted through, replaced with a simple pause.  Scales will be performed at the tempos required.

 

ADJUDICATION
Students who audition under the Instrumental Audition format are applying for acceptance into either the Festival Orchestra or the Festival Band (with the appropriate exceptions for strings and saxophones). A separate audition is required to be considered for acceptance into other groups. Whenever possible, students will be auditioned by a pair of adjudicators who will jointly rate the student's performance.

Students may audition on more than one instrument as long as they were correctly listed on their school's computer application for Brass, Woodwind, Percussion and String Auditions once for each audition and the appropriate number of fees were paid. Students may not audition on the same instrument twice regardless of the information on the application form or the number of fees paid. Students may not audition on a different instrument than the one(s) listed for them on their school's computer application for Brass, Woodwind, Percussion and String Auditions.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS - MELODIC INSTRUMENTS
To complete their audition, students must:

  • Record their performance of the appropriate audition piece in its entirety, unaccompanied. The student must perform the piece from an original copy or from memory.  This performance would not include any cadenzas or repeats.

  • Record their performance of two diatonic major scales and the chromatic scale, as indicated in the appropriate section of the this year's or last year's All State Handbook.  The specifics scale requirements will include range (number of octaves, rhythm, articulation, and tempo.  The scales to be performed will be communicated to each teacher prior to Upload deadline.  Scales may be read from any appropriate music and do not have to be memorized.

  • STRINGS ONLY - One major scale, one Melodic Minor scale and an arpeggio based in the key of one of the scales selected

 

In addition, students auditioning on melodic percussion must:

  • Record their performance of the short excerpts on three of the five Secondary Percussion instruments (Bass Drum, Crash Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Triangle). The adjudicators will select which three accessory instruments are to be performed as part of the audition.

  • Record their performance of an excerpt on the other two Percussion instruments (snare drum and timpani)

The Percussion Excerpts and the Secondary Percussion Excerpts are available to download from the Documents page of this website


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS - SNARE DRUM
To complete their audition, students must:

  • Record their performance of the appropriate audition piece in its entirety, unaccompanied. The student must perform the piece from an original copy or from memory.

  • Record their performance of the Long Roll and four other rudiments, one from each group: FLAM: Flam Tap, Flam Accent, Flam, Flamacue, Flamadiddle; DIDDLE: Paradiddle, Double Paradiddle, Paradiddle Diddle; RUFF/DRAG: 4 Stroke Ruff, Single Ratamacue, Double Ratamacue, Triple Ratamacue; ROLL: 5 Stroke Roll, 7 Stroke Roll, 9 Stroke Roll, 13 Stroke Roll. The adjudicators will select which rudiments, one from each group, that are to be performed as part of the audition. All are to be done OPEN - CLOSE - OPEN.  The specific rudiments to be performed will be communicated to music teachers prior to the Upload deadline.

  • Record their performance of the short excerpts on three of the five Secondary Percussion instruments (Bass Drum, Crash Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Triangle). The adjudicators will select which three accessory instruments are to be performed as part of the audition.

  • Record their performance of an excerpt on each of the other two Percussion instruments (snare drum, mallets)

The Percussion Excerpts and the Secondary Percussion Excerpts are available to download from the Percussion Sheets page of this website

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS - TIMPANI
To complete their audition, students must:

  • Record their performance of the appropriate audition piece in its entirety, unaccompanied. The student must perform the piece from an original copy or from memory.

  • Record their performance of several selected tuning and sticking studies. The Timpani Tuning and Technique Studies are available to download from the Handbook & Forms section of the All State website (www.vmea.org/allstate.html)

  • Record their performance of the short excerpts on three of the five Secondary Percussion instruments (Bass Drum, Crash Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Triangle). The adjudicators will select which three accessory instruments are to be performed as part of the audition.

  • Record their performance of an excerpt on each of the other two Percussion instruments (snare drum, mallets)

The Percussion Excerpts and the Secondary Percussion Excerpts are available to download from the Percussion Sheets page of this website

RECORDING SUBMISSIONS - WINDS & STRINGS

To complete each Wind or String student's audition, teachers must:

  • Submit two recordings for each student through the Upload site.

  • The first recording will be the audition piece in its entirety and the second will be the three scales performed one after the other.

  • Auditions will not be considered unless both recordings are uploaded for the student applicant.

  • All recordings must be in MP3 format

RECORDING SUBMISSIONS - PERCUSSION

To complete each Percussion student's audition, teachers must:

  • Submit five recordings for each student through the Upload site.

  • The first recording will be the audition piece in its entirety, the second will be the scales (mallets), rudiments (snare) or tuning techniques (timpani). the third will be the Secondary Percussion selections, and the fourth and fifth will be the two percussion excerpts.

  • Auditions will not be considered unless all five recordings are uploaded for the student applicant.

  • All recordings must be in MP3 format