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Auditions

To join the ensemble, you must own your own instrument (percussionists excepted), and participate in a ten-minute placement interview/audition. The purpose of these interviews/auditions is to determine seating placement within the sections, and to ensure that our potential new members are a good fit for the ensemble. You will be auditioned by two or three members of the band executive. Your audition will be ten minutes long, and consist of a short interview about yourself and your musical background, followed by your performance of the scales and excerpts from the audition packages below.

Please do not let these auditions deter you from joining! Yes, we do play more advanced repertoire than the typical community band, but we’ve yet to turn anyone away due to playing ability. If you’re up for the challenge are willing to put in the work, you’ll find that we are quite welcoming!

Audition Details

Our major round of September auditions is now complete, but we are still accepting members.  Auditions will take place between 7 – 7:30 PM on Thursdays (before rehearsal).  To sign up, please fill out the following form:

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION SLOT

What to Prepare

(1.) Scales:

You should prepare:

  • one major scale (two octaves)
  • one minor scale (one octave)
  • one chromatic scale (two octaves)

Scales can be in the key of your choice (the different scales can be in different keys, if you choose).

(2.) Excerpts 

Below, you will find the excerpt packages for your instrument.  You should prepare two of the excerpts for the audition.  The excerpts you choose should be in contrasting styles (i.e. one more technical, one more lyrical).  Be sure to observe the tempo, dynamics, and style markings. Links to a recording of each piece have been provided for your reference.

Flute

Oboe

Bassoon

Clarinet

Bass Clarinet

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

Bari Sax

Trumpet

French Horn

Trombone

Euphonium

Tuba

String Bass

Percussion

Recordings

The Hounds of Spring
Molly on the Shore
Filum Vitae
El Camino Real
Armenian Dances (part I)
Children’s March
Sheppard’s Hey
Second Suite in F
The Lord of the Rings
Themes from Green Bushes
Cajun Folk Songs
Variations on a Korean Folk Song
First Suite in E Flat
Suite on Canadian Folk Songs
Newfoundland Rhapsody
English Folk Song Suite
Wizard of Oz
Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION SLOT