Music Auditions

  • Audition Requirements

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    Instrumental Music

    The audition for instrumental music consists of the following:

    • Woodwind/Brass/String Instruments
    • Percussion
    • Piano

    Band & String Instruments

    • If you play a “band” instrument, prepare a solo from the FBA Solo and Ensemble list.  A grade 3 (or higher) solo is sufficient.  String players should prepare a piece of quality literature by a name composer. All instrumentalists should avoid pop or show tunes, or parts from their band or orchestra music.  Please do not bring an accompanist.  If you have a solo that you have played or are working on from Solo and Ensemble Festival, you are encouraged to play that.  At your audition the judges will probably not listen to the whole solo, and they may have you skip to different spots within it. Please bring an extra copy for the judges to look at.
    • You will also be asked to play 2 major scales.  Band instruments will play from the following group of concert pitch scales: Ab, Eb, Bb, F, and C. String instruments will play from this group: F, C, G, D, and A.
    • The playing portion of the audition concludes with sight reading.  This is typically an 8 measure piece of moderate difficulty.
    • Finally, the judges will do a short interview with you in which they will ask a few questions about, for example, your artistic drive, whether or not you take private lessons, etc.

    For your solo piece, you may play an FBA Solo and Ensemble piece on either snare, mallets, or timpani.  Your sight reading will consist of a short snare excerpt.  In addition, percussionists will be asked to tune the timpani to a note given from the piano.

    Prepare two contrasting selections from the following books:  “First Lesson in Bach” – Schirmer Edition, “Sonatina Album” – Schirmer Ed., “Preludes” by Chopin, “Album for the Young” by Schumann, “Piano in Progress” by Tansman,  “24 Pieces for Children” Opus 39 by Kabalevsky.  For scales you will be asked to play two, hands separate, 2 octaves, from the following list: D, G, C, F and Bb.

    If you have any questions regarding an instrumental audition, please contact Andre Dubas, Instrumental Department Chairman, at

    Vocal Music

    The Vocal Music audition will include an interview with the student as well as the following audition performance:

    Prepared Selection:
    One prepared selection is required for the audition.  This selection should be an art song, folk song, sacred song or spiritual.  If you are participating in FVA Solo and Ensemble MPA, we encourage you to use this song for your audition.  Songs may be in a foreign language, but it is not required.

    Some examples of suggested songs:

    • Amazing Grace, arranged by Jay Althouse (from Folk Songs for Solo Singers, vol. 1, published by Alfred)
    • All Through the Night, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram (from Folk Songs for Solo Singers, vol. 2, published by Alfred)
    • Caro Mio Ben by Giuseppe Giordani (from Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, published by G. Schirmer)

    Most middle school choral teachers have access to these books and other appropriate selections.

    Pop music is not recommended for this audition. We strongly discourage a cappella auditions or singing with a prerecorded accompaniment track. An accompanist will be provided for the audition so please have copies of your music available for them. While it is preferred, the selestion does not need to be memorized.

    If you have difficulty obtaining an appropriate audition song or have any other questions about the audition, Please contact Derek Weston, Director of Choral Studies, at