Meet new friends who speak your language,
Continue your avocational escape,
Play your instrument a couple times a week,
Fulfill Gen. Ed. credits toward graduation!
Our JC Orchestra and its chamber ensembles (Honors String Quartet, cello choir, and additional quartets when there is interest).
"Percussion at Juniata" - our concert percussion performing course, and its breakout groups - World Percussion, Keyboard Percussion Choir, performing with a wind band or orchestra, drumline, and our innovative PVC pipe/steel drum group, "Steely Pan and the Pretty Vicious Collegians."
Jazz Ensemble and String Orchestra do not have auditions for membership. Studernts interested in our concert band ("wind symphony") will play for the director to gain membership. This 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. (For those also applying for a music scholarship, one audition serves both purposes).
In your hearing, please plan to play:
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. You may play a solo piece, or we have a standard piece for you to download and learn (click on the links below to download a copy - and just play as far as you can. No minimum number of measures required). 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. (Students auditioning for a Concert Ensemble Music Scholarship have different requirements...see the Scholarships page)
New members perform this informal "hearing" only once, so that our staff has an idea of your strengths - to have a more informed basis on which to select music. Also, when it is time to invite 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.
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:
Your choice of major scale, 2 or 3 octaves, which demonstrates your technical ability
(shifting, intonation, tone, etc.);
One page of a prepared piece, solo or orchestra music;
See our "Percussion at Juniata" page for more information.