Wind Symphony Auditions consist of three parts: Prepared Music, Scales, Sight-Reading.
Please prepare the selections at the indicated tempos. Percussion, choose two of the three instruments to audition with (you may do all three if desired). Flute players if you have an interest in playing piccolo, please audition on that as well (use the flute music). There will be a piccolo available for audition.
You can find the music you need via the sub-navigation usually found on the left-hand side of this site.
Harmonic Form of the minor scale should be played for audition.
- Flute/Piccolo/Oboe - D major, Eb Major, d minor (2 octaves ea.)
- Clarinet - A Major, Eb Major, g minor (2 octaves ea.)
- Saxophone - E Major, Bb Major, d minor (2 octaves ea.)
- All Brass - G Major, Ab Major (2 octaves ea.); c minor (1 octave)
- Percussion - E Major, Ab Major, d minor (2 octaves ea.)
Scales are to be performed in written pitch in eighth notes at quarter-note = 100 beats per minute.
Following the scales and etudes, a short sight-reading excerpt will be presented. You will have up to two minutes to study the music. You may prepare to play the sight-reading music in any way, with the exception of actually playing the music before you play it for the audition. You may count it out, finger through the selection, or even hum it. Tempo will be given to you as well.
Tips for a successful audition
Be prepared! Practice the music ahead of time noting dynamics, articulation, tempo and style. Have scales memorized (this makes them easier to play especially when nervous). Show up early and be warmed-up and prepared to go at your scheduled audition time. Auditions take about 10 minutes to complete, and are done privately. Students needing to use a school owned instrument are asked to contact the director by email to make arrangements.
If you have any questions or would prefer a hard copy of the music please feel free to contact me.
Phone: 507-354-8224 x353
Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required to open the audition information. Microsoft Windows Picture and Fax Viewer will not work. Apple’s Preview application on the Mac will also correctly open the files.