1. PREPARED PIECE: Students should bring 4 minutes of prepared music that demonstrates both technical proficiency and lyrical ability. Students may choose to prepare 2 short selections that are no longer than 4 minutes total (one piece that is technical and one that is lyrical), if one piece cannot adequately demonstrate both styles. Prepared music may be taken from standard solo literature for your instrument, standard orchestral excerpts, or in some cases from advanced etudes. School ensemble selections (i.e. music from your school band concert) are not appropriate for this audition.

2. SCALES: Students will be asked to play 1 or 2 major scales chosen by the audition committee. Students may choose the tempo and manner in which the scales are played. Multiple octave scales are expected as appropriate for each instrument. The audition committee can choose any major scale up to 5 sharps and 5 flats. Please refer to the PMEA District 12 guidelines for information specific to each instrument (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Auditions – Scales).

3. SIGHT-READING: Students will be asked to sight-read a short excerpt provided during the audition. The sight-reading excerpt is used to gauge a student’s ability to quickly process and execute musical notation. Students will be evaluated based on accuracy of notes and rhythms as well as ability to follow musical indications (i.e., dynamics, etc.).

4. PERCUSSION: Percussionists should prepare a short excerpt on both snare drum and xylophone. Etudes, portions of solo literature or orchestral excerpts are all acceptable. Percussionists will be asked about their experience with other instruments (timpani, auxiliary percussion) but will not be required to play them at the audition.

Flutes should play or be willing to learn to play piccolo.
Oboes should play or be willing to learn to play English horn.
Clarinets should be able to transpose parts in A, or own an A clarinet.
Horns should be able to transpose.
Trumpets should be able to transpose.
(It is recommended that students own both Bb and C trumpets.)
Trombones should be able to read bass clef and tenor clef, and be willing to learn alto clef.