Spring Audition Requirements for Prep Large Ensembles

Please review the specific audition requirements below for each audition type. Please note that repertoire requirements vary by instrument and audition type.

Choruses

Children's Choruses

Includes Preparatory Chorus, Children's Chorus, and Chamber Chorus.

All new students are required to audition. Returning students wishing to change choruses are required to audition. Students with changing voices should audition in the fall. Returning students who wish to remain in the same chorus do not need to audition.

The Children's Chorus auditions serve as a placement meeting. Each student will have an individual audition which gives the director a chance to meet the students and recommend the appropriate chorus level. The placement will include pitch and rhythmic assessments. Age and grade are taken into consideration for placement but are not the main factors.

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

Tourjée Singers

Open to students in grades 7-9 as of September 2019.

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

Requirements: Prepare 2 contrasting pieces of your choice that best demonstrate your vocal and expressive ability. Suggested repertoire includes art songs, arias, or folk songs. 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 as well as vocal exercises to evaluate tone quality, rhythmic precision, and intonation.

Youth Chorale & Camerata

Open to students in grades 9-12 as of September 2019.

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

Auditions for Camerata will be held in September 2019 for accepted Youth Chorale students who are interested.

Requirements: Prepare 2 pieces of your choice: one in English and one in a foreign language, that best demonstrate your vocal and expressive ability. Suggested repertoire includes art songs, arias, or similar pieces. 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 as well as vocal exercises to evaluate tone quality, rhythmic precision, and intonation.

Wind Ensembles

Wind ensemble auditions include Sr. MYWE, Jr. MYWE, and MYWE Concert Band. Audition requirements are determined by grade level for the 19-20 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

Open to students in grades 10-12 as of September 2019. 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 

Open to students in grades 6-9 as of September 2019. 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 two jazz pieces 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 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.

Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar

Open to students ages 13-18 as of September 2019. New and returning students are required to audition each year.

Requirements: Prepare two contrasting solo pieces or two contrasting movements from the same solo work. Students are required to prepare the chamber music excerpts available below. Students will also be asked to complete the supplemental form available below before their audition.

2019 CHIPS Audition Excerpts - Violin

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2019 CHIPS Audition Excerpts - Viola

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2019 CHIPS Audition Excerpts - Cello

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2019 CHIPS Audition Excerpts - Piano

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Required Supplemental Audition Form - 2019 Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar

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Orchestras & Baroque Ensembles

All new students are required to audition.

Returning students who wish to remain in the same ensemble do not need to audition. However, we recommended that all returning students audition every spring. Please note: returning orchestra students 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 to request to opt out of your spring audition and stay in your current ensemble.

The orchestra audition requirements below are the same for both orchestra and Baroque ensembles.

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 a movement

The most important thing 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.

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.

  • 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 below.

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 online, you will only be able to enter two pieces in the form, but percussion students should still be prepared to play three different pieces. Students who are interested in the senior orchestras (Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) should also prepare the orchestra excerpts listed below.

Piano and Harpsichord

Piano students may audition to play harpsichord in the Baroque Ensembles. Pianists should 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).

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Callbacks 

This audition is an opportunity to play live for the YPO director. 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 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, mvmt. 1: m. 204 – 224
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, mvmt. 3: m. 1 – 69

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Viola

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, mvmt. 2: m. 1 – 10, m. 49 – 59, and 98 – 106
Brahms: Symphony No. 2, mvmt. 1: m. 204 – 224

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Cello

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, scherzo: Letter N to letter O 
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, mvmt. 2: m. 1 – 10, m. 49 – 59, and m. 98 – 106

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Bass

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, mvmt. 3, Trio: pick-up to m. 141 - m. 177 (no repeat) 
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, mvmt. 4: m. 374 - 391

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Flute

Beethoven: “Leonore” Overture no. 3: m. 328-360 
Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2, Intermezzo: Beginning to 6 bars before rehearsal letter B

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Piccolo

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

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Oboe

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

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English Horn

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture: m. 21 to figure 3

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Clarinet

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8: mvmt. 3, Trio: m. 48 – end
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol: mvmt. 3 “Alborada”

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E-flat Clarinet

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

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Bass Clarinet

Franck: Symphony in D minor, mvmt. 3: Letter M to downbeat of letter N 
Mahler: Symphony No. 1, mvmt. 3: 4 bars after figure 13 to 2 bars after figure 14

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Bassoon

Mozart: Symphony No. 40, mvmt. 1: m. 114 – 134 
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, mvmt. 1: m. 1 – 12

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Horn

Brahms: Symphony No. 1, mvmt. 2: m. 90 – 99 
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, mvmt. 3: m. 167 – 197

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Trumpet

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: Beginning to 3 measures after Figure 5 
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, mvmt. 1: Figure 27 to 1 measure before Figure 29

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Trombone

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

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Bass Trombone

Berlioz: “Hungarian March” from The Damnation of Faust: 1 before figure 4 through 3 before figure 5 
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, mvmt. 4: beginning to 13 after A

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Tuba

Berlioz: “Hungarian March” from The Damnation of Faust: 1 before figure 4 through 3 before figure 5 
Wagner: Overture to Der Meistersinger: Letter J to letter L

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Harp

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, mvmt. 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, mvmt. 3 Menuetto 
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture: Letter E to Letter F, Letter N to Letter O, Letter U to the end 

Xylophone 
Kabalevsky: Overture to Colas Breugnon: m. 36 to 42 
Stravinsky: The Firebird (ballet): m. 46 to 48, m. 127 to 133

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