Wind Ensemble and Sinfonia Winds Auditions
All GCYO auditions for the 2021 – 2022 season will be by video recording submitted via our Acceptd application (click on the audition button at the bottom of this page). You may begin your audition application at anytime. Applications must be completed, with video upload, no later than May 28.
About our Sinfonia level wind program:
Wind and Percussion players interested in our Wind Ensemble and/or Sinfonia will follow the same guidelines for auditions. All students accepted into the program will initially be placed in the Wind Ensemble in the late fall. Sinfonia does not use wind players until the second semester of the year. In the second semester, Sinfonia will utilize wind players as needed for one or two of their performance pieces only. At that time wind players will serve in both ensembles.
Woodwinds & Brass Requirements
- Please prepare (2) solo excerpts comparable to the SC All-State solo, or a solo piece or pieces that reflect your highest musical and technical abilities. (one technical and one lyrical).
- Scale requirements: (in concert pitch) C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db (perform as many octaves as possible).
If you have percussion equipment available, by all means prepare a submit a recording of the below requirements. If these are not available to you, please simply submit your application (no recording) and we will arrange an in person audition in the fall.
- Please prepare a piece comparable to the All-State solo. (Be prepared to perform on two of the three categories; mallet, snare, or tympani.).
- Scale requirements for mallets, two octaves: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, DbBe prepared to sight read.
Record your audition:
1. Whether using a cell phone or video camera, make sure that there is adequate light in the room in which you are recording.
2. Make sure that you are standing or sitting far enough away from the camera that the judges can see you adequately. The video should clearly record both your left and right arms/hands. Your torso should be visible for accurate assessment of posture and playing position.
3. Record in a quiet environment so that judges hear you well.
4. Start the recording by saying: your full name, your instrument, and the name of the orchestra for which you are auditioning (YAO, Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, Sinfonia, Intermezzo or Prelude).
5. Record in this order:
Scales: say the name of each scale before you play it.
Solo Excerpts: say the name of each excerpt before you play it (play all listed in the requirements).
6. Please record all the above in one take (DO NOT SUBMIT MULTIPLE VIDEOS).
1. All auditions must be submitted to Acceptd.
2. Remember, the deadline to submit videos is May 28, 2021
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