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Spring Audition Requirements for Prep Large Ensembles

Please review the specific audition requirements below for each audition type.

Choruses

Children's Choruses

Includes Preparatory Chorus, Children's Chorus, and Chamber Chorus. All new students are required to audition. Returning students who wish to remain in the same chorus do not need to audition. Students wishing to change choruses are required to audition. Boys with changing voices should audition in the fall.

The Children's Chorus auditions serve as a placement meeting. This gives the director a chance to meet students and recommend the appropriate level for children's chorus here at NEC. Each student will have an individual audition to determine the proper placement. Age and grade are taken into consideration for placement, but are not the main determinants.

Requirements: Students should come prepared to sing one or two songs of their choice. No accompanist is required. Folk songs, Happy Birthday, or anything else the student is comfortable singing are all acceptable.

Youth Chorale & Camerata

Grades 9-12 as of September 2017.

Only new students are required to audition. Returning students will receive invitations to return in June and can confirm their positions at that time. Auditions for Camerata will be held in September 2017 for accepted Youth Chorale students who are interested.

Requirements: Prepare 2 pieces of your choice: one in English and one in a foreign language. Please bring a copy of the piano part for the accompanist who will be available for the audition. There will be sight-reading at the audition.

Young Women's Chorale

Grades 7-9 as of September 2017.

Only new students are required to audition. Returning students will receive invitations to return in June and can confirm their positions at that time.

Requirements: Prepare 2 pieces of your choice. Please bring a copy of the piano part for the accompanist who will be available for the audition. There will be sight-reading at the audition.

CI A Cappella

Ages 13-18 as of September 2017

Only new students are required to audition. Returning students will receive invitations to return in June and can confirm their positions at that time.

Requirements: Prepare 2 pieces of your choice. There will be sight-reading at the audition.

Wind Ensembles

Wind ensemble auditions include Sr. MYWE, Jr. MYWE, and MYWE Concert Band. Audition requirements are determined by grade level for the 17-18 academic year.

*MYWE Percussion Students: All percussion students interested in auditioning for the wind ensemble program should sign up for an Orchestra (Percussion) audition.

Grades 10-12

As of September 2017. New and returning students are required to audition.

Requirements: Students should prepare two contrasting pieces at the All-State level. Additionally, students should be prepared to play scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps plus a chromatic scale. There may be sight-reading at the audition.

Grades 6-9 

As of September 2017. New and returning students are required to audition.

Requirements: Students should prepare two contrasting pieces at the Junior District Level. Additionally, students should be prepared to play scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps plus a chromatic scale. There may be sight-reading at the audition.

Jazz

Youth Jazz Orchestra

New and returning students are required to audition each year.

Requirements: Prepare a jazz piece of any sort, including (but not limited to) a part you played in your school band or other ensemble (you should not play a ballade). Please bring extra copies of music for the rhythm section (piano, bass, and drums), who will be prepared to accompany the audition. There will be sight-reading at the audition. Students who have experience improvising should demonstrate that, but it is not a requirement.

Orchestras & Baroque Ensembles

All new students and returning students are recommended to audition every spring. The orchestra audition requirements below are the same for both our main orchestra track and our baroque orchestras.

Note: Returning orchestra students currently playing in an NEC Prep orchestra can choose to NOT audition in the spring if they would like to return to the same ensemble in the fall. Please contact prep@necmusic.edu request to opt out of your spring audition and stay in your current ensemble.

String, Wind, Brass, and Harp Players

Prepare two solo works or two movements from the same work that represent contrasting styles. Students will also be asked to sight-read and should be prepared to play 2 scales of their choice (any mode, any key). Due to limited audition time, students may be stopped before the end of a piece.

Please keep in mind the following when selecting solo pieces:

  • One piece should be a fast, technical piece
  • One piece should be slower, more lyric
  • Avoid cadenzas or cadenza style selections of a piece—it is better to present the exposition of any movement

Optional: The following solo concerti are examples of repertoire for string players that are good for large ensemble auditions. This is a guideline of works to consider for the audition.These are NOT required. MOST important is that you present your best playing and select works that you (in consultation with your private teacher) have prepared in advance of your audition. Audition pieces should be works the student knows well and that demonstrate his/her range of technical abilities and musicianship. Your private teacher can help determine and prepare appropriate pieces for the audition.

  • Violin — Mozart, Haydn
  • Viola — Stamitz, Hoffmeister, Telemann
  • Cello — Haydn, Boccherini
  • Bass — Dittersdorf, Dragonetti, Bottesini

Students who wish to be considered for placement in the Senior Orchestras (Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) must also prepare the orchestral excerpts available at the end of this page.

Percussion

Students should prepare three pieces: one on timpani, one on snare, and one on mallets. Please note that when you sign up for the auditions you are only able to enter two pieces in the form, but percussion students should still be prepared to play three different pieces. Students who are particularly interested in the senior orchestras (Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) should also prepare the orchestra excerpts listed at the end of this page.

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Auditions/Callbacks 

This audition is an opportunity to play live for the YPO conductor. There are two ways to become eligible for a YPO audition. If you are a member of YS or have previously had a YPO audition, you will be automatically invited for a YPO audition. All other students must first take an orchestra audition, and then selected students will be advanced to this final round audition.

In addition to the standard orchestra audition requirements (two solos and scales), students are asked to prepare the senior orchestras audition excerpts below. We recommend that all students interested in either YS or YPO prepare these excerpts.

Senior Orchestra Excerpts

Please note that current YRO and YS members who would like to advance to a higher level orchestra are required to learn these excerpts.

Violin

Brahms – Symphony no. 2, mvt. 1: letter E to m. 136.
Beethoven – Symphony no. 3, mvt. 3: m. 1-69.

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Viola

Beethoven – Symphony no. 5, mvt. 2: m. 1-10, m. 49-59, and m. 98-106.
Brahms – Symphony no. 2, mvt. 1: m. 204-224

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Cello

Mendelssohn – Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream: letter N to letter O.
Beethoven – Symphony no. 5, mvt. 2: m. 1-10, m. 49-59, and m. 98-106.

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Bass

Beethoven – Symphony no. 5, mvt. 3: Trio, m. 141 with pick-up m. 177 (without repeat)
Brahms – Symphony no. 4, mvt. 1: m. 55-80

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Flute

Beethoven – Leonore Overture no. 3: m. 328-360.
Dvorak – Symphony no. 8, mvt. 4: letter D to letter E.

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Piccolo

Rossini – Semiramide Overture: 5 after letter G (m. 132) to letter H (m. 143) and m. 321 to letter U

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Oboe

Brahms – Symphony no. 1, mvt. 2: m. 38-43
Rossini – La Scala di Seta Overture: beginning to m. 53

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English Horn

Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture: Andante sostenuto (m. 21) to figure 3

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Clarinet

Beethoven – Symphony no. 8, mvt. 3
Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol, mvt. 3

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E-flat Clarinet

Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique, mvt. 5: figure 63 to 5 after figure 64

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Bassoon

Mozart – Symphony no. 40, mvt. 1: m. 114 to m. 134
Tchaikovsky – Symphony no. 6, mvt 1: m. 1-12

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Horn

Brahms – Symphony no. 1, mvt. 2: m. 90-99
Beethoven – Symphony no. 3, mvt. 3: m. 167-19

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Trumpet

Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition: beginning to three after Figure 5
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5: mvt. 1: 1 measure before Figure 27 to 1 measure before Figure 29

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Trombone

Rossini – La Gazza Ladra Overture: 2 measures after Letter F to m. 291
Wagner – Tannhäuser Overture: Letter A to Letter B

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Bass Trombone

Berlioz – Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust: 1 before figure 4 through 3 before figure 5
Schumann – Symphony no. 3, mvt. 4: beginning to 13 after A

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Tuba

Berlioz – Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust: 1 before figure 4 through 3 before figure 5
Wagner – Meistersinger Overture; Letter J to letter L

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Harp

Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique, mvt. 2: m. 28-36, m. 54-66, and m. 274-302
Britten – Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra: Variation I, and Fugue from letter I to letter K

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Percussion

Timpani
Beethoven – Symphony no. 1, mvt. 3 Menuetto
Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture: E to F, N to O, U to the end

Xylophone
Kabalevsky – Colas Breugnon Overture: 36 to 42
Stravinsky – Firebird (ballet): 46 to 48 and 127 to 133

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