Ensemble Auditions

September 16, 2017

Please read the information below for requirements and prerequisites.

Register for Audition

Would you like to play music with your friends in one of Third Street's many ensembles? Whether you're interested in one of our orchestras, concert bands, jazz groups, chamber ensembles or more, we would love to have you!

To audition for an ensemble, please fill out and submit the Ensemble Audition Form by clicking here, and our Programs Department will contact the ensemble director and help schedule you for an audition! Not all ensembles require an audition to join, so read more on each ensemble below!

Requirements and Prerequisites

Bands

Students auditioning for Concert Band should prepare a solo selection which demonstrates their musical and technical abilities. Some sight-reading will be required. Students may also be asked to play a scale. No auditions are required to join Prelude Band, simply submit the form below and the Programs Department will contact you with more information.

Choirs

Third Street choirs are divided by age and do not require an audition. Simply contact the Student Services Office to add Chorus to your schedule.

Orchestras

Students who plan to continue performing in the same orchestra do not need to re-audition. New students and students interested in moving to the next level of orchestra can join an orchestra at the beginning of the school year or after the holiday break. Each orchestra has its own set of audition requirements detailed in the table below. Students should use these criteria as guidelines for audition preparation, but may be placed in a different orchestra based on their audition.

Overture Con Spirito Sinfonia Philharmonia
Ages 6 - 10 8 - 12 10 - 15 12 and above
Scales D, G D, G, C, A Up to 3 sharps or flats At least 5 sharps or flats
Sight Reading May be required Required Required Required
Minimum Level Requirements
Violin Book 1: Minuet 3 Book 3: Martini's Gavotte End of Book 4: Bach's Concerto for 2 Violins or Gavotte Middle of Book 6: Handel's Sonata No. 3
Viola Book 1: Minuet 3 Book 3: Martini's Gavotte End of Book 4: Telemann's Concerto in G Major for Two Violas Book 6: M. Marais' La Folia (arr. D. Preucil)
Cello Book 1: The Happy Farmer Book 3: J.S. Bach's Allegro Moderato End of Book 4: Breval's Sonata in C Major, Op. 40, No. 1 Book 7: Eccles' Sonata in G Minor
Bass Book 1: The Little Fiddle Theme from Mahler's Symphony No. 1 End of Book 3: Sweet Georgia Brown End of Book 4: Marcello's Sonata in E Minor

Flute and Clarinet students wishing to audition for Philharmonia should perform 2 major scales of their choice as well as the following excerpts: Clarinet and Flute

Chamber Music

The Barbara E. Field Chamber Music Program is open to students playing the following instruments:

Violin Viola Cello String bass Flute
Oboe Clarinet Bassoon French horn Trumpet
Trombone Tuba Classical guitar Piano Voice

Students will be placed in groups based on their age and ability as judged in auditions. Returning students do not need to audition. The recommended minimum age of a student playing in a chamber group is 8 years old, and they will need to show proficiency appropriate to their age in technique, musicianship and reading abilities.

Students must be taking individual lessons on their instrument and have consent from their individual lesson instructors to participate in the program.

Before auditioning, students must demonstrate performance readiness by participating in at least three public performances such as a Music Hour, studio recital, concert or equivalent performances outside of Third Street.

Students should be prepared to play the following:

  1. Two scales with arpeggios that demonstrate the range of student's ability on his/her instrument.
  2. One solo piece (does not need to be memorized)
  3. Sightreading (will be given at the audition)

For specific repertoire level by instrument and additional information, contact José Pietri-Coimbre, Director of Chamber Music.

Flutonium

  • No age/years of study requirements
  • Sight reading--yes
  • 2 Octave major and minor scales through 3 sharps and flats
  • Chromatic scale 2 octaves
  • Solo: J.Andersen Scherzo or equivalent
  • Students will be asked to demonstrate techniques including vibrato and double tonguing.

Flute Lab

  • No age/yrs of study requirement
  • Sight reading--yes
  • C scale, F scale, G scale: 1 octave
  • Solo of your choice

Jazz Ensembles

Third Street's jazz program is comprised of two main ensembles, Jazz Prep (ages 9 - 11) and Jazz Big Band (ages 12 and above), as well as a number of small jazz combos. Students interested in auditioning for a jazz combo should prepare a solo selection which demonstrates their musical and technical abilities. Some sight-reading will be required. Students may also be asked to play a scale.

Students interested in auditioning for Jazz Band Prep should review the Jazz Band Prep Audition Packet by clicking here. This packet details audition requirements for saxophones, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Additional instruments may be accepted at the director’s discretion.

Students interested in auditioning for Jazz Big Band should review the Jazz Big Band Audition Packet by clicking here. This packet details audition requirements for saxophones, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass and drums.

Piano Ensemble

Students will be placed in groups based on their age and ability as judged in auditions. Returning students do not need to audition. The recommended minimum age of a student playing in an ensemble is 6 years old, and they will need to show proficiency appropriate to their age in technique, musicianship and reading abilities.

Students must be taking individual piano lessons and have consent and support from their individual lesson instructors to participate in the program. .

Before auditioning, students must demonstrate performance readiness by participating in at least three public performances such as a Music Hour, studio recital, concert or equivalent performances outside of Third Street.
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