Auditions

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Do I need to audition?

Students

Any music student (band, orchestra, or vocal) in grades 7-12 who wishes to rehearse with the group can join without an audition. However, an audition is required to perform at gigs.

Students who have not yet passed an audition to perform are Junior Musicians.  Junior musicians rehearse with the group and can request an audition whenever they are ready to become a performing member.

Note: To be a performing member, students only need to pass an audition one time, not every year.

JoeyDCares-66In addition, if a student plays an instrument but wants to sing or play a different instrument, that student will need to audition as if they were a Junior Musician on that second instrument (or voice).

There may be special cases where at the director’s discretion a student may play another instrument without auditioning.

Adults

Adults are encouraged to join and participate as volunteer adult musicians. Any adult musician may rehearse with the group after  registering to volunteer and submitting the required forms. To begin performing, adult members need to learn the music in the current set list AND confer with the director to make sure he is satisfied with the adult’s level of play.

Audition Instructions

General Instructions for All Students

Woodwind, Brass, String, Keyboard, Guitar, and Bass Guitar Instructions

  • Scales: Students will perform a chromatic scale and one octave of two major scales for his/her instrument to be selected by the adjudicators from the scales listed on the audition scale sheet.
    • All scales must be played from memory.
    • All wind scales are to be played ascending and descending.
  • Prepared Pieces: Students must prepare Vehicle by Ides of March and Get Ready by The Temptations. They will be asked to play a portion of each song at the audition.

  • Sight-reading: A short sight-reading excerpt will be presented to the student by the adjudicators in the audition room.

Drum Set Instructions

  • Students must bring their own sticks. Drum set will be provided, unless the student would prefer to bring their own.
  • Snare Drum
    • Students will perform a long multiple-bounce roll from pp to ff and back to pp in approximately 20 seconds.
    • Two rudiments will be chosen by the adjudicator from the online rudiment sheet. Eight to ten repetitions of the rudiment are sufficient.
  • Prepared Pieces: Students must prepare Vehicle by Ides of March and Get Ready by The Temptations. They will be asked to play a portion of each song at the audition.
  • A short sight-reading excerpt will be presented to the student by the adjudicators in the audition room.

Vocalists Instructions

  • Required songs
    • Female vocalists will sing Gravity by Sarah Bareilles AND Love Story by Taylor Swift.
    • Male vocalists will sing Hey Jude by The Beatles AND Jump by Van Halen.
    • Students will have live piano accompaniment provided by the JDCRO for these required songs, or they may sing a capella; however, at least one song must be performed with piano accompaniment.
  • A third piece chosen by the auditioning person showing their vocal range will also be judged. Ideally, the third piece should be a song that is not in the orchestra’s set list. For the third song, students can bring a karaoke track on an iPod for accompaniment, can perform a capella, or may have live piano accompaniment. If using JDCRO’s piano accompanist for the third song, JDCRO must receive the piano music (with chords) from the auditionee no less than 1 week prior to the audition.

Audition Music

NameSizeHits
NameSizeHits
Alto Saxophone
Get Ready Alto Sax58.8 KiB333
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB322
Vehicle Instrumental Alto Saxophone 184.6 KiB349
Baritone Horn
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB274
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB283
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB287
Baritone Saxophone
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB289
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB276
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB316
Bass Clarinet
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB298
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB290
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB297
Bass Guitar
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB279
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB268
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB307
Cello
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB261
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB275
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB282
Clarinet
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB311
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB392
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB384
Drum Set
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB412
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB290
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB302
Flute
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB279
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB306
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB294
Guitar
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB256
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB302
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB338
Harp
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB293
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB282
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB259
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB289
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB282
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB302
Keyboard
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB306
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB278
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB290
Keyboard Percussion
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB269
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB267
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB278
Oboe
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB261
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB254
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB271
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB257
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB266
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB307
Tenor Saxophone
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB296
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB285
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB509
Trombone
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB251
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB258
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB432
Trumpet
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB364
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB309
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB790
Tuba
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB304
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB260
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB492
Viola
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB298
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB342
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB269
Violin
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB270
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB279
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB278
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB262
Gravity Words5.1 KiB387
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB293
Vocalist - Male
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB347
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB406

 

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