2020-21 Festival Audition Information

Date: Saturday November 21st, 2020

Location: Bayard Rustin High School, West Chester PA

Note: At this time (June 2020), D12 is planning on an “in-person” audition.   We will provide an update to all members on this at the end of August as school re-opening plans are implemented.


INSTRUMENTAL AUDITIONS

All students auditioning should download the PDFs below for their specific instrument.

The audition process for the PMEA District 12 Instrumental Ensembles consists of three parts:

  • Prepared Excerpts
  • Scales
  • Sight-reading

Auditions are for a panel of PMEA members from District 12 and are blind.  Rubrics are available for winds, strings and percussion.

Audition Links

Please note: Students may use their own personal copies of any of the musical excerpts below.  However – the audition committee will only use the PDF excerpts below in regards to musical style and phrasing.

All instruments have TWO excerpts, labeled “A” and “B” below.

FLUTE
Flute A
Flute B
PMEA District 12 – Flute Scale Requirements – Flute

OBOE
Oboe A
Oboe B
PMEA District 12 – Oboe Scale Requirements

BASSOON
Bassoon A
Bassoon B
PMEA District 12 – Bassoon Scale Requirements

CLARINET
Clarinet A
Clarinet B (updated 6-27-2020)
Clarinet Scale Requirements

LOW CLARINETS
(Contrabass auditions will be on the same music as Bass Clarinet)
Bass Clarinet/Contrabass A
Bass Clarinet/Contrabass B
Bass Clarinet Scale Requirements

Contra-Alto A
Contra-Alto B
PMEA District 12 – Contra-Alto Scale Requirements

SAXOPHONES
Alto Sax A
Alto Sax B
Tenor Sax A
Tenor Sax B
Baritone Sax A
Baritone Sax B
PMEA District 12 – Saxophone Scale Requirements 

TRUMPET
Trumpet A (updated 6-12-2020)
Trumpet B (updated 6-12-2020)
PMEA District 12 – Trumpet Scale Requirements

HORN
Horn A
Horn B
PMEA District 12 – Horn Scale Requirements

TROMBONE
Trombone A (updated 6-15-2020)
Trombone B
PMEA District 12 – Trombone Scale Requirements

EUPHONIUM/BARITONE
Euphonium A
Euphonium B
PMEA District 12 – Euphonium BC Scale Requirements

Euphonium (TC) – A
Euphonium (TC) – B
PMEA District 12 – Euphonium TC Scale Requirements

TUBA
Tuba A
Tuba B
PMEA District 12 – Tuba Scale Requirements

VIOLIN
Violin A
Violin B
PMEA District 12 – Violin Scale Requirements 

VIOLA
Viola A
Viola B
PMEA District 12 – Viola Scale Requirements 

CELLO
Cello A
Cello B
PMEA District 12 – Cello Scale Requirements (Updated 7-7-2020)

BASS
Bass A
Bass B (updated 7-7-2020)
Bass Scale Requirements

Harp

The procedure to audition for harp at the District, Region, and State level is now through the Submittable online audition system.


Percussion: Students auditioning on percussion must audition on snare, timpani, and a mallet instrument.

SNARE SOLO
“Drum Corps on Parade” from 14 Modern Contest Solos (Pratt)

MARIMBA SOLO
“Solo Sonata” from  Command Performances for Percussion – Anthony Cirone

TIMPANI SOLO
“Saltarella” from  Command Performances for Percussion – Anthony Cirone

In addition, prepare the following: 

Snare:26 original PAS Drum Rudiements (marked with an asterisk)

Timpani: The bottom timpani pitch will be set.  Students will be required to tune the timpani based upon the bottom pitch.  No external pitch sources can be used.

Mallets: Prepare the scales listed here: PMEA District 12 – Mallet Scale Requirements

 


CHORAL AUDITIONS

All students auditioning should download the PDFs below for their specific instrument.

The audition process for the PMEA District 12 Chorus consists of excerpts from these three works:

O Magnum Mysterium is in public domain: please use the version listed above.  For the other two works, students should contact their directors or purchase directly through the links listed above.

  • Auditions are for a panel of PMEA members from District 12 and are blind.  Rubrics are available for chorus here.