updated 8/21/2017

The fall festival features the following ensembles: MS Chorus, MS Jazz Band, HS Jazz Choir and HS Concert Band

Audition fees: $5 per student, per audition

Link for adjudicators

Fall Auditions IMPORTANT DATES

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Fall Auditions Location & Contact Information

Click this link to register your students and print your invoice. Then please mail your fees directly to the TREASURER. Late registrations/payments will incur a $25 fine.

Once schedules are posted, click this link to view and/or download your school's audition schedule. Remember to log in to the first page as GUEST, then use your teacher password (emailed to you at the beginning of the year) to access your students' information.

Auditions host information is as follows:

  • Auditions Location: Dummerston School
  • Contact: Mary Harvey-Bandish
  • Contact Address: 52 Schoolhouse Road, Dummerston, VT 05346
  • Contact Phone: 802.254.2733 ext. 109
  • Contact Email: mharvey-bandish@wsesu.org

 

General Audition Guidelines

  • District VI will not accept any taped auditions made by a student unable to attend the audition. This should help avoid in-school conflicts in advance. Emergencies such as death in the immediate family or illness requiring a physician's excuse will be handled on an individual basis by the ensemble manager and district chairperson.
  • Use of photocopies in auditions will result in disqualification.
  • District VI teachers are urged to use discretion in registering students to audition. Each audition is time consuming, making it imperative that the auditioning student be both prepared and qualified to participate in the festival.
  • Copies of the student's audition score sheet, including the adjudicator's comments, will be available to each school immediately following the formulation of the various ensembles' instrumentation and voicing. Ensemble managers should provide each school with a list of students accepted and an ensemble list showing name, instrument, school and audition score.
  • All audition score sheets MUST be tallied and initialed by each tabulator. In case of a tie occurring above the cut-off score, the student with the highest score on the prepared piece would be seated accordingly.
  • Following auditions, if an ensemble is weak or missing needed voice or instrumental parts, all schools will be notified and recommendations given to the ensemble manager for their consideration. The District President upon the recommendation of the ensemble manager must approve any post audition additions. The District President needs to notify all the schools.
  • Regarding 6th graders participating in a Middle School Ensemble: 6th graders can be accepted on a provisional basis if their teacher recommends them. Middle School band and choral directors must petition the District VI Chairperson for permission for exceptional 6th graders to be accepted to audition.

Ensemble-Specific Audition Guidelines

Audition selections: Fall Audition Repertoire (this year's only) or Fall and Winter Audition Repertoire Rotations (for complete rotations).

MS CHORUS

NOTE: 6th graders can be accepted on a provisional basis if their teacher recommends them. Middle School choral directors must petition the District VI Chairperson for permission for exceptional 6th graders to be accepted to audition.

This group is selected from nominations made by individual directors from each school (see deadlines above).

  • This group is selected from nominations made by individual directors from each school (see deadlines above).
  • Directors must audition their students (see MS-Chorus-Audition-Form).
  • Students audition on selections from the 2-year rotation (see repertoire links above). Click HERE for this year's MS Chorus audition piece.

MS JAZZ BAND

NOTE: 6th graders can be accepted on a provisional basis if their teacher recommends them. Middle School band directors must petition the District VI Chairperson for permission for exceptional 6th graders to be accepted to audition.

      • All scales required for junior high band (see scale widget), memorized.
      • Prepared piece selected from rotating list (see repertoire links above), performed at the tempo indicated.
      • Concert Bb blues scale
      • Improvisation is encouraged on Bb blues, but not required
      • Drummers must demonstrate rock and Latin beats in addition to the prepared piece

HS JAZZ CHOIR

      • Prepared piece from the rotating list, sung in 4 parts unaccompanied (see repertoire links above).
      • Scat excerpt chosen from rotating list (see repertoire links above).

HS CONCERT BAND

All students should be familiar with the following meters:   2/4  3/4  4/4  5/4  6/8  3/8.

WIND PLAYER Auditions are comprised of the following:

      • prepared piece - from rotating list (see repertoire links above).
      • major scales - see scale packet
        • up to and including 3 sharps and 3 flats (not concert pitch)
        • memorized
        • tongued (articulated) according to the scale booklet
      • chromatic scale
        • play one continuous slur in eighth note triplets the range of the instrument (see scale booklet)
      • sight reading
        • short selection from an exercise including key, meter, dynamics, articulation and rhythms
        • student will be provided ample time to look through the piece before attempting sight reading

PERCUSSIONIST Auditions will include:

      • specialty instrument performance: snare drum, timpani, or mallets
        • solo
        • technique specific to that instrument (see www.pas.org for examples of rudiments)
          • Snare Drum: flam, ruff, paradiddle, 5 and 9 stroke rolls, long roll (closed)
          • Timpani: long roll with/without accented entrance, long roll showing range of dynamics, tuning to stated pitch from given pitch, tuning to given pitch from undetermined starting pitch. (tone matching)
        • sight-reading
        • mallet players perform all wind scales in two octaves
      • auxiliary percussion instrument performance (included with the scale booklet)

Given that players of each specialty instrument earn acceptable scores, the top scoring player of each will be the first selected for the ensembles. The remainder of the positions will be filled by the highest scoring players regardless of specialty instrument.