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Music Auditions

 
MUSIC AUDITIONS
Date: Click Band, Choir, or Orchestra tabs for details. 
 
 
Freshmen with prior experience in band, jazz band, choir, or orchestra must audition for placement in intermediate and advanced level ensembles. Any student may enroll in Beginning Band, Choir, or Orchestra without an audition.
 
 
Click on the name or use the arrows "Icon Expanding Arrow" to the right to expand each section and get details on scheduling auditions.
Audition Prep
Auditions are meant only for students will prior experience. Any student may enroll in Beginning Band without an audition.
 
Band
In order to be enrolled in Eagle Band, Advanced Band, or Jazz Band, an audition is required using the materials below.
 
Materials for each instrument include a “Jones Audition Excerpts” sheet and a “Jones Audition Scales” sheet. Please practice both sheets to the best of your ability. Make sure you practice the sheets that correspond to your instrument. Remember, regardless of your ability level, we have a place for you in the Jones College Prep Bands. However, if you wish to play in Eagle Band (Intermediate) or Concert Band (Advanced) you will need to demonstrate satisfactory skills in the areas of pitch, tone, rhythm, technique, and musicality. 
 
Jazz
To audition for Jazz Band, practice the “Jones Audition Scales” and “Jones Jazz Audition” sheets. The top half of the “Jazz Audition Sheet” is to be played in the indicated style. The bottom half is for improvisation. Improvisation is optional but highly recommended. Use the “Improv_Track” file as background music as you practice for the improvisation portion of the audition.
 
*Drummers do not need to improvise although there is a section at the end for a 2 measure drum fill.
 
An audition is required for students interested in Intermediate or advanced choir. Any student may enroll in Beginning Choir without an audition.
 
Audition Prep
The audition will consist of:
  1. Singing Good Night Cannon (linked below)
  2. A range test (to show where the student's voice is developmentally)
  3. A sight reading excerpt (4/4 time, major key, starting and ending on do/1/root, solfege given)
  4. Singing 30 seconds of any style song to show off their voice (may be omitted for time)
On Friday, May 14 students will be emailed a brief written assessment to be completed before the audition. The exam will test the following:
  1. Pitch name in treble and bass clefs
  2. Key signatures
  3. Intervals
  4. Time Signatures
Schedule Audition
Auditions will take place on May 22 and May 24 via video chat on Google Meet.  A parent must sit in on the audition to comply with CPS Acceptable Use Policy. Click on the link below to schedule your audition. This is only for students will prior experience.
 
Image Click Schedule Choir Audition
Additional Questions?
Choir - Kathryn Colby at ktcolby@cps.edu
  
An audition is required for students interested in Intermediate or Advanced Orchestra. Any student may enroll in Beginning Orchestra without an audition.
 
Audition Prep
For students playing violin, viola, cello, or bass, students will be asked to play the following:
  1. Scales
  2. An excerpt from any piece you are working on
  3. Sight reading
Schedule Audition
Auditions will take place on May 22 and May 24 via video chat on Google Meet.  A parent must sit in on the audition to comply with CPS Acceptable Use Policy. Click on the link below to schedule your audition. This is only for students will prior experience.
 
Image Click Schedule Orchestra Audition
Additional Questions?
Orchestra - Rhea Basa, at rsbasa@cps.edu