Instrumental auditions last approximately 10 minutes and consist of the following components; percussion auditions last approximately 20 minutes:

  1. Solo of your choice (without accompaniment): Prepare a brief solo that best demonstrates your technical and expressive capabilities. The panel may only listen to 2-3 minutes of the solo, which they will choose. Your piece does not need to be memorized. Please bring one copy of your solo for the audition panel; photocopies are acceptable. PERCUSSIONISTS: Please prepare one solo on your choice of snare drum, timpani, or xylophone.
  2. Scales & arpeggios: Prepare one major OR one minor scale of your choice with corresponding arpeggio. The scale and arpeggio should be played at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 80. Prepare the number of octaves that best represents your range of ability. The scale and arpeggio do not need to be memorized.
  3. Orchestral excerpt: Choose one of the provided excerpts listed for your instrument. PERCUSSIONISTS: Must prepare one snare, one timpani and one mallet excerpt; three total.
  4. Sight reading: You will be asked to play a brief sight reading exercises, and will be given approximately 30 seconds to silently review each exercise before playing it.

Follow the links below to access the list of instrument-specific audition requirements, and to download the required orchestral excerpt.