Audition Requirements
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For most of the instrumental auditions, we require orchestral excerpts in addition to solo pieces. Piano and Guitar applicants are exempt from this requirement.

All applicants must submit a video audition and be prepared to upload a short biography (250 words or less).

Most excerpts listed are in PDF format. You can use the free Adobe Reader software to view and print out the excerpts. If you are unable to print the excerpts, please contact the admissions office at (336) 333-7450 x227 and we will provide you with copies.

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Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Harp & Guitar
Violin
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Viola
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Music:

  • One solo/movement demonstrating both lyrical and technical styles.
  • Choose 1 excerpt from each of the following groups:

Group 1

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
  2. Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
  3. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn - Var. VII
  4. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

​Group 2

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3
  2. Brahms: Symphony No. 2
  3. Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream
  4. Mozart: Symphony No. 35
  5. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Cello
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Double Bass
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Flute
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Oboe
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Clarinet
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Bassoon
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Horn
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Trumpet
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Tenor Trombone
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Music:

  • Solo - Choose one of the following. Must be unaccompanied.

            1. David: Concertino (beginning to letter D)
            2. Grondahl: Concerto, Mvt. I (beginning to number 3)

  • Note* Download Detailed Trombone Audition Guidelines

  • The following excerpts are required: (They can be in any order, but must be unedited in one track)
    1. Brahms: Symphony No. 4
    2. Holst: The Planets, "Uranus"
    3. Mozart: Requiem
    4. Rossini: La Gazza Ladra
       
  • OPTIONAL - Those interested in bass trombone doubling may play one of the bass trombone solos listed OR the bass trombone Wagner and Brahms excerpts. The excerpts can be played in any order but must be unedited on one track.
     
  • OPTIONAL - Those interested in euphonium doubling should play the three Holst euphonium excerpts. They must be played in the order listed and unedited in one track.

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Bass Trombone
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Music:

  • OPTIONAL - Those interested in euphonium doubling should play the three Holst euphonium excerpts. They must be played in the order listed and unedited in one track.

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Euphonium
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Music:

Note: If you are a trombone player and own a euphonium, you can include the following excerpts (optional). These three short excerpts must be recorded in order and unedited in one track.

  1. Holst: The Planets (Tenor Clef)
Tuba
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Harp
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Guitar
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Music:

  • 3-7 minutes of music that represents your current playing level and ability. The audition selection(s) can be a complete piece, a segment of a larger work, or two shorter works.
  • Two Major Scale Forms of your choice performed twice - once with rest stroke and once with free stroke. Please play these as quickly as you can play them cleanly, and provide a close-up angle where both hands can be seen at once.

Documents:

  • Short biography (250 words or less) – please include any public master classes, competitions or ensemble experience you may have.
  • Repertoire list
Percussion
Timpani
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Snare
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Mallet Percussion
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Piano
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Music:

  • One technical solo/movement
  • One lyrical solo/movement
  • The two works must be by different composers

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Conducting Institute Scholars
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Music:

  • Several recent samples of your conducting demonstrating a variety of repertoire (no more than 30 minutes total)
  • Samples would ideally include a mix of both rehearsal and performance and should be a front view of the conductor at a reasonable distance

Documents:

  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A brief description of your experiences as an ensemble member
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
String Fellows
Violin
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Music:

Documents:

  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation
Viola
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Music:

Documents:

  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation
Cello
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Music:

Documents:

  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation
Percussion Fellow
Snare Drum
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  • Delecluse - Etude No. 9 from Douze Etudes
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade
    1. Movement III
      1. D to E
      2. 5 mm. after F to 8 mm. after F
      3. G to H
    2. Movement IV
      1. 1 m. before C to D
      2. 4 mm. before N to 19 mm. after N
      3. P to R
      4. S to U
      5. 15 mm. after W to the 6/4 time signature
  • Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije
    1. Rehearsal 1 to 3 inclusive (count through the rests at Rehearsal 2)
Marimba
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Bach (players choice)

Xylophone
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  • Gershwin - Porgy and Bess
    1. Main passage only (Goldenberg book)
  • Kabalevsky - Overture to Colas Breugnon (Goldenberg book)
    1. 1 m. after Rehearsal 9 to downbeat of Rehearsal 12
    2. Pick up to Rehearsal 36, play for 12 measures
    3. Rehearsal 57 to the end
  • Shostakovich - Polka from the Golden Age Ballet (Goldenberg book or real part)
    1. Beginning through A (or through Rehearsal 46), L to the end (or Rehearsal 55-56)
Glockenspiel
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  • Mozart - Magic Flute (Goldenberg book)
  • Dukas - Sorcerer's Apprentice
    1. Rehearsal 17 to 20
    2. Rehearsal 22 to 24
    3. Rehearsal 26 to 27
    4. 7 mm. after Rehearsal 52 to 53
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome
    1. Beginning to 21st m. of Rehearsal 2 (count all rests)
    2. 3rd m. of Rehearsal 3 to trill (play 4 mm. of trill only)
    3. 13th m. of Rehearsal 7 to the end
Tambourine
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  • Dvořák - Carnival Overture
    1. Beginning w/ repeats to 4 mm. before C
    2. T to the end
Cymbals
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  • Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2
    1. Movement III; Rehearsal 32, play for 13 mm.
  • Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet
    1. E to 7 mm. before F
    2. 18 mm. before U, play for 5 mm.
Bass Drum
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  • Mahler - Symphony No. 3
    1. Movement I; 6 mm. before Rehearsal 11 to downbeat of Rehearsal 11
  • Stravinsky - Rite of Spring
    1. Danse de la Terre; Rehearsal 72 to 6 mm. after Rehearsal 78
Triangle
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  • Brahms - Symphony no. 4
    1. Movement III; Rehearsal I to the end.
Documents
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  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation
Euphonium Tuba Institute
Euphonium Institute Audition Requirements
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Video auditions are required of all applicants.

Euphonium Tuba Institute applicants should be prepared to upload the following:

EUPHONIUM

  • A short biography (250 words or less) - please include any public master classes or ensemble experience you may have.
  • ETUDE: Bordogni (edited by Rochut) - Melodious Etude #24 (Allegro)
  • SOLO: 3-4 minutes of a solo of your choice
  • OPTIONAL: If you are interested in auditioning for a chance to perform The Planets or Don Quixote with an EMF Young Artists Orchestra, you should record and upload the following excerpts:
Tuba Institute Audition Requirements
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Video auditions are required of all applicants.

Euphonium Tuba Institute applicants should be prepared to upload the following:

TUBA

  • A short biography (250 words or less) - please include any public master classes or ensemble experience you may have.
  • ETUDE: Blazhevich - Book 1, Etude #22
  • SOLO: 3-4 minutes of a solo of your choice
TROMBONE FELLOW
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Music:

• Solo – David: Concertino (beginning to letter D). Must be unaccompanied.

• The following excerpts are required: (They can be in any order, but must be unedited in one track)

  1. Mozart: Requiem
  2. Ravel: Bolero
  3. Rossini: La Gazza Ladra
  4. Wagner: Die Walküre

Documents:

  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation