rev. 8/21/2017

Winter Auditions

The winter festival features the following ensembles: MS Band, HS Chorus and HS Jazz Band.

Audition fees: $5 per student, per audition 

Winter Auditions IMPORTANT DATES

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    Winter 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 (the day preceeding our Fall Festival), 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 (same as from the fall) to access your students' information.

    Auditions host information is as follows:

    • Auditions Location: Green Mountain Union High School
    • Auditions Address: 716 Route 103 South, Chester, VT 05143
    • Auditions Host: Christine Saul, Cindi Austin
    • Auditions Coordinator: Polly Westcott
    • Coordinator Address: 72 Main Street, Chester, VT 05143
    • Coordinator Phone: 802.875.2108 ext. 134
    • Coordinator Email: pauline.westcott@trsu.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.
    • 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

    MS 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.

    Wind auditions are comprised of the following:

    Percussion auditions are comprised of two parts:

    • the audition on a specialty instrument (snare drum, timpani, or mallets), including...
      • a solo
      • technique specific to that instrument (rudiments for snare, cross-sticking and rolls for timpani, scales for mallets -- see MS Solos for Winter Auditions.)
    • the audition on auxiliary percussion instruments

    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.

    HS CHORUS

    Auditions consist of performing a prepared piece from the from the rotating list.

    • The piece will first be sung in 4 parts, unaccompanied.
    • Adjudicators will fill in for missing parts. All adjudicators must be able to sing their part. All students will be auditioned as a full quartet.
    • The piece can be transposed up or down a whole step if desired.
    • Following the quartet performance, each student will sing alone (solo), a portion of the same work. For 2015, that portion is [TBA at the fall district meeting.]

    Results (or an update in the event of delay) will be emailed to directors by the ensemble manager within one week of the audition date.

    HS SCHOOL JAZZ BAND

    Audition Guidelines for All Winds, Piano, Guitar and Bass
    • Students perform their part on the prepared piece from the rotating list of big band charts.
      • Play 1st part wherever multiple parts are presented
    • Perform a sight-reading excerpt from a big band chart.
    • Students perform improvisation using current piece from the rotating list of blues pieces.
      • The judge will play a recording of the Aebersold play-along to accompany each student.
    • Procedure:
      • Winds -
        • Play the head
        • Outline the scales/chords using this year's improv PDF and this improv backing mp3
        • Improvise melodically for one chorus
        • Return to the head (judge will stop player once the head is restarted)
        • NOTE: per fall meeting 2017, trumpets can play either Trumpet 1 or Trumpet 2 for Stompin' on a Riff
      • Piano/Guitar -
        • Play the head
        • Comp chords for one chorus as if accompanying a soloist
        • Improvise melodically for one chorus
        • Return to the head (judge will stop player once the head is restarted)
      • Bass -
        • Play the head
        • For one chorus, play a bass line appropriate to the style and chords as if accompanying a soloist
        • Improvise melodically for one chorus
        • Return to the head (judge will stop player once the head is restarted)
      • Drummers:
        • Perform the required piece from Sittin' in With the Big Band Volume 2. (Directors only need to purchase the drum set book and its accompanying CD, currently listed at $14.95.)
          • The play-along recording that does not include drums will be used in the audition.
          • The piece will be played all the way through with the recording.
        • Perform stylistically appropriate time-keeping patterns and fills in the following styles:
          • Funk
          • Shuffle swing
          • Jazz waltz
        • Perform a sight-reading excerpt from a big band chart.

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