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Audition Requirements

Senior Region Orchestra

  • Scale Requirements: Perform all scales and arpeggios from memory. The tonic may be repeated in each octave. Perform scales as sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50. Perform arpeggios the same number of octaves as the corresponding scales, eighth note triplets at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50.
    • Violin:  C, G, D, A, B-flat major 3 octaves; F major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
    • Viola:  C, G, D, F major 3 octaves; A, B-flat major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
    • Cello:  C, G, D, F major 3 octaves; A, B-flat Major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
    • Bass:  C, D, B-flat major 1 octave; F, G, A major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 2 octaves. Slur scales 2 notes per bow and arpeggios separate bows.
  • Sight-Reading
    • The sight-reading selections will be 8 measures in length and grade IV in difficulty level. New selections will be composed specifically for auditions each year. Each student will be allowed a 30 second preview period during which he/she may finger, air-bow, etc. but may not play the instrument. The judges will use a metronome to provide the correct tempo before the preparatory period begins, and again before the student begins to play. The metronome will not be used during the preview period or during the sight-reading performance.
  • Required Solo – The solos are on a 4-year rotation
    • Violin
      • 2013-14 Concerto No. 23 in G Major, 1st mvt, solo entrance to first tutti, Viotti
      • 2014-15 Sonata No. 4, 2nd mvt, “Allegro,” Handel
      • 2015-16 Concerto No. 4, 1st mvt, Seitz
      • 2016-17 Concerto in A Minor, 1st mvt, J. S. Bach
    • Viola
      • 2013-14 Viola Concerto, 1st and 2nd mvts, Telemann- The edition used must include the treble clef orchestral tutti passage at the end of the 2nd mvt.
      • 2014-15 Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1, Courante & Minuets, J. S. Bach
      • 2015-16 Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 1, 3rd mvt, Stamitz, International Edition
      • 2016-17 Processional, from Meditation and Processional, Bloch
    • Cello
      • 2013-14 Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1, Courante, J. S. Bach
      • 2014-15 Sonata No. 3 in A minor, 2nd mvt, from Six Sonatas for the Cello, Vivaldi
      • 2015-16 Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3, 1st and 2nd Bouree, J. S. Bach
      • 2016-17 Sonata No. 1 in B-flat major, 1st and 2nd mvts, from Six Sonatas for the Cello, Vivaldi
    • Bass
      • 2013-14 Etude No. 17, from 30 Etudes for the String Bass Player, Simandl
      • 2014-15 Gavotte, Bach/Zimmerman
      • 2015-16 Sonata No. 2, 2nd mvt, Marcello, Schirmer edition preferred
      • 2016-17 Sonata No. 5, 2nd mvt, Vivaldi
    • Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion
      • All Regional Orchestra wind/brass/percussion scale and solo requirements shall be the same as the current “Senior High All-State 11th and 12th Grade Band” audition requirements. These requirements are posted at the NCMEA Band Section website at www.ncbandmasters.org.

Junior Region Orchestra

  • Scale Requirements
    • Perform all scales and arpeggios from memory. The tonic may be repeated in each octave. Perform scales as sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50. Perform arpeggios the same number of octaves as the corresponding scales, eighth note triplets at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50.
    • Violin, Viola, Cello: C, G, D major 2 octaves; F major 1 octave; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 1 octave. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
    • Bass: C, D, F major 1 octave; G major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 1 octave. Slur scales 2 notes per bow and arpeggios separate bows.
  • Required Solo
    • The solos are on a 4-year rotation. All solos are from Solo Time for Strings, Book IV, by Etling. Each solo is to be prepared by all instruments.
    • 2013-14 Petit Bouree, DeProsse, p. 9
    • 2014-15 Sonatina, Breval, p. 13
    • 2015-16 Allegro, Mozart, p. 24
    • 2016-17 Air Varie, DeBeriot, p. 12
  • Sight-Reading
Last updated: August 29, 2017 at 20:58 pm