Spring Audition Requirements for Prep Large Ensembles

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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.

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 ages 13-16 as of September 2020.

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 or folk songs. Returning students may be asked to participate in a placement hearing in the fall. This hearing will solely be for the conductor to evaluate vocal development since the prior performance season. Video auditions should be performed with accompaniment (either live piano accompaniment or CD accompaniment).

Youth Chorale & Camerata

Open to students ages 14 - 18 as of September 2020.

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 2020 for accepted Youth Chorale students who are interested.

Requirements: Prepare 2 pieces of your choice, preferably one in English and one in a foreign language, both in contrasting styles and that best demonstrate your vocal and expressive ability. Suggested repertoire includes art songs or similar pieces. Video auditions should be performed with accompaniment (either live piano accompaniment or CD accompaniment).

Choral Recommendation Letters 

NEC Prep Chorus applicants will need to provide at least one recommendation letter as part of your application. The letter of recommendation should speak specifically to the student’s ability to read music. The recommender should be your most recent private teacher (or a music teacher or ensemble director).

The application system will send the recommender an email to register and complete the recommendation via this online system. This process will happen as soon as you enter the contact information and save your application; you do not need to submit the application for your recommenders to be notified. You will be able to check the status of your recommendation on your application.

The recommendation letter is due on the same day as the application deadline of May 15th. We encourage you to add the recommender information as soon as it is confirmed to allow the recommender time to complete the letter prior to the deadline.

Wind Ensembles

Wind ensemble auditions include Sr. MYWE, Jr. MYWE, and MYWE Concert Band. Audition requirements are determined by grade level for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Grades 10-12

Open to students in Grades 10-12 as of September 2020. New and returning students are required to audition.

Requirements: Students should prepare two contrasting pieces at the All-State level. Additionally, students should submit 3 scales. 2 scales should be of the students' choice (major or minor, up to four flats and four sharps). The third scale should be a chromatic scale in the range of the students' choice.

Grades 6-9 

Open to students in Grades 6-9 as of September 2020. New and returning students are required to audition.

Requirements: Students should prepare two contrasting pieces at the Junior District level. Additionally, students should submit 3 scales. 2 scales should be of the students' choice (major or minor, up to three flats and three sharps). The third scale should be a chromatic scale in the range of the students' choice.

Jazz

Youth Jazz Orchestra

New students are required to audition. Returning students do not need to audition. 

Requirements:

  • Brass, Saxophone players
    1. Solo Pieces: Prepare one medium tempo jazz piece of your choice (you should not play a ballad.) Pieces by Ellington, Parker, Gershwin, Mingus, Monk, Porter, etc. are acceptable standards.
    2. Scales: Prepare Major scales in concert pitch: B flat and F two octaves if possible. Prepare minor scales in concert pitch: C and A two octaves if possible. Scales should be prepared in the following tempo: Eighth Note = 60bpm
  • Piano, Guitar and Bass players
    1. Solo Pieces: Prepare one medium tempo jazz piece of your choice (you should not play a ballad.) Pieces by Ellington, Parker, Gershwin, Mingus, Monk, Porter, etc. are acceptable standards.
    2. Scales: Prepare Major scales in concert pitch: B flat and F two octaves if possible. Prepare minor scales in concert pitch: C and A two octaves if possible. Scales should be prepared in the following tempo: Eighth Note = 60bpm
    3. Prepare a video comp/walking over a 12 bar blues
  • Drummers:
    1. Please play various tempos, swings, and Latin grooves. It is not necessary to present the requirements listed above.

Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar

Open to students ages 13-18 as of September 2020. 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.

2020 CHIPS Audition Excerpt - Violin

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2020 CHIPS Audition Excerpt - Viola

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2020 CHIPS Audition Excerpt - Cello

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2020 CHIPS Audition Excerpt - Piano

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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 recommend 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 present two scales of their choice (any mode, any key). 

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 two scales of their choice (any mode, any key).

Senior Orchestra Excerpts

If you would like to be considered for one of the senior orchestras (YS or YPO), please prepare the Senior Orchestra 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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