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Membership and audition "seating placement hearing " Information 

That strikethrough font above is on purpose! We don't have formal entrance auditions for our instrumental ensembles. Members perform an informal "hearing" only once, so that our staff has an idea of your strengths in order to have a more informed basis on which to select music. Also, when it is time to invite selected players to participate in the wind section of our orchestra, submit names for Pennsylvania and national Intercollegiate Bands, etc…, we refer to our notes from that hearing. This hearing may be performed during your senior year of high school (by prior arrangement), during summer orientation (by prior arrangement), or during your first week of membership in the ensemble. If you have a prepared piece or two you can play for us, that's even better! (You could use part of a solo, concerto, lesson etude, an audition piece that you’ve played, etc…)

In your hearing, please plan to play:

Winds

We want to hear something technical that demonstrates your fluency and clarity/articulation through faster passages, and something lyrical and legato that showcases your tone quality, breath control and phrasing. We have a standard piece for you to prepare and try out on (click on the links below to download a copy), unless you have a solo piece that you have prepared. There will also be a short sight reading excerpt, a chromatic scale through the entire range of your instrument (as much as you know), and a couple major scales.

Strings

We rotate string seating early in the rehearsals so we can become familiar with your strengths and find compatible stand partners.  It helps us plan repertoire and rehearsal time to hear how well you prepare and how well you read. In your hearing please plan to play:

A scale, 2 or 3 octaves, your choice of key, which demonstrates your technical ability (shifting, intonation, tone, etc.);
One page of a prepared piece, solo or orchestra music;
Sight reading.

Percussion

See our "Percussion at Juniata" page for more information.