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Audition Requirements

Junior String Ensemble

1 octave major scale

  • Violin: G, D or A
  • Viola & Cello: C, D or A

1 solo piece: Piece should be at a Suzuki book 1 level and should show that the student is comfortable with the use of the bow and can play legato and staccato strokes.  The student should be comfortable in first position and should demonstrate use of all fingers.

Intermediate String Ensemble

Students in ISE work to develop and refine their ensemble skills. ISE is structured like a string chamber orchestra, with sectioned seating (First Violins, Second Violins, Violas, Cellos, Bass) and section principals. The repertoire focuses on original string orchestra compositions covering a wide range of musical eras and composers.  ISE caters to many different student ability levels, but the majority of members are between the ages of 9-13, and have had a minimum of two-three years of private lesson experience on their instruments.

More information on recommended audition repertoire can be found here.

Wind Ensemble

Auditioning musicians should be prepared to play scales appropriate to their level of ability (at least Junior District-level), two short contrasting solo selections for their instrument, one that demonstrates fast technical playing and the other slow lyrical playing.

Here is a list of scales for download.

Chamber Orchestra

Please prepare and record an audition video which is no more than 8 minutes in length and includes the following:

  • Two contrasting solo selections, one that demonstrates fast technical playing and the other slow lyrical playing. A standard orchestral excerpt may replace one of the two solo selections.
  • Two scales utilizing your full range, one of which can be chromatic.

Here is a list of scales for download.