Performers on these instruments should prepare contrasting passages of music which will display their tone quality and technique. Those auditioning are encouraged to audition on solos used for the District or State solo and ensemble contest or music used to audition for all district or all state bands. These solos and etudes will display your mastery of your instrument. Piano accompaniment is optional. Auditioners will also be asked to perform major scales and sight read.
Percussionists will want to display their expertise on a variety of percussion instruments. We typically like to hear snare drum, mallets, timpani, and drum set in our percussion auditions.
Pianists should be prepared to audition with a minimum of two memorized solos of contrasting styles. They will be asked to demonstrate their current level of technique with scales, arpeggios and etudes and will sightread two short compositions.
Organists should be prepared to audition with a minimum of two preferably memorized solos of contrasting styles. They will be asked to demonstrate their current level of technique with manual and pedal studies and will sightread two short compositions and a hymn.
Two or more scales in 3 octaves (bass – 2 octaves) in your choice of keys
Two contrasting solo pieces, or movements of a concerto
One etude of your choice
Prepare and perform two solos from memory, at least one of which must be in English. Both solos must have piano accompaniment, and an accompanist will be provided for you. It is preferred that selections be chosen from the Art Song, Aria, or Musical Theater repertoire. You may sing the selections you are preparing for district/state contest, if applicable.