Region I Band Auditions (Districts 1 and 5)

Due to the cancellation of the in-person 2020 PMEA All-State Festival, Submittable will be used to hold auditions for seating to determine selection to All-State Band & Wind-Ensemble. The audition material is selected from the music in the student’s folder. Students not interested in a seating placement or the advancement to All-State may choose not to submit an audition. The student or the director can create the account in Submittable under which the application will be submitted.
 
*Please note that a confirmation email will be sent to the email address on the Submittable account under which the application is submitted.
 
**Percussion students will submit via the separate percussion specific audition form.
 

 

Instructions:

1. No identifying clothing may be worn (i.e. no school t-shirts, no name identification, no PMEA, NAfME All Eastern or National shirts). Additionally, please do not include any identifying information in the video file name or in the content of the recording (i.e. your name or school name).
2. The “Window of Opportunity” to Audition will re-open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15 and will close at end of the day (11:59 p.m.) on Monday, April 20. A confirmation email will be sent to the address used to register with SUBMITTABLE. Please check your SPAM filters for any communications and also check with your IT Administrator if a school email address is used and no email is received.
3. Submit one video recording for each audition excerpt; label the file with the name of the excerpt. Students’ hands/body/face must be visible in the video. *As per PMEA audition policies, there can be no use of any device that can be perceived to give aid to a student once the audition process has begun (i.e. no earphone, airpods, etc.)
4. The director is asked to view the file and verify the recorded audition is consistent with the student’s level of performance.

 

Audition Material:

  • Alto Saxophone – Excerpt 1: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – pickup measure to #21 to #24; Excerpt 2 – Pale Blue on Deep (Perrine) – m.#26 – m. #53
  • Baritone Saxophone – Excerpt 1: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – #24 – #27; Excerpt 2: Pale Blue on Deep (Perrine) – measure #35 – measure#66
  • Bass Clarinet & Contrabass Clarinet – Excerpt 1: Pale Blue on Deep (Perrine) – m.74 – end of m.92; Excerpt 2: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – rehearsal mark 11 – 13
  • Bassoon – Excerpt 1: Pale Blue on Deep (Perrine) – Start on the downbeat of mm.35 and end on the downbeat of 47; Festive Overature (Shostakovich) – All of rehearsal 22 to rehearsal 23 (play to the end of the high Eb trill one measure before rehearsal 23)
  • Bb Soprano Clarinet – Excerpt 1: Pale Blue on Deep (Perrine) – measure 91 to the end of 102 (fermata); Excerpt 2: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – Rehearsal mark 22 to mark 23
  • Euphonium – Excerpt 1: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – pick-ups to rehearsal 21 to 23; Excerpt 2: Aurora Awakens (Mackey) – measure 40 through measure 53
  • Flute – Excerpt 1: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – rehearsal 22 to rehearsal 24; Excerpt 2: Pale Blue on Deep (Perrine) – measure 91 to the fermata at measure 102
  • French Horn – Excerpt 1: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – rehearsal 11 to 6 measures after 12; Excerpt 2: Aurora Awakens (Mackey) – Letter V to the end
  • Oboe – Excerpt 1: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – start at Rehearsal 22 and end on the downbeat 5 measurers before rehearsal 24; Excerpt 2: Pale Blue on Deep (Perrine) – Start with the pickup to mm.20 and end on the downbeat of mm.27
  • Tenor Saxophone – Excerpt 1: Festive Overature (Shostakovich) – #21 – #23; Excerpt 2: Aurora Awakens (Mackey) – Letter K to Letter O
  • Trombone – Excerpt 1: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – Rehearsal#23-24; Excerpt #2 – Pale Blue on Deep (Perrine) – Measure 88 to 103
  • Trumpet – Excerpt 1: Festive Overature (Shostakovich) – One measure before rehearsal #29 through Rehearsal #33; Excerpt 2: Pale Blue on Deep (Perrine) – Measure #22 beat 4 through end of Measure #36
  • Tuba – Excerpt 1: Festive Overture (Shostakovich) – Rehearsal 11 to 13; Excerpt 2: Aurora Awakens – Tuba – letter i to 3 after letter J; String Bass – letter i to 6 after J
  • Percussion
    • Festive Overture: Snare drum 17-19
    • #4 from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
    • 20 seconds of a buzz/concert roll at a forte dynamic
    • All three excerpts should be performed on a practice pad at home, NOT on a snare drum
     
 

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