Audition Information

For 2023-24, PMEA D12 is returning to IN-PERSON auditions


Saturday, Nov 18, 2023
Bayard Rustin High School
1100 Shiloh Rd, West Chester, PA 19382

– All auditioning students must be sponsored by a PMEA Member
– All PMEA directors who are sponsoring auditioning students MUST be present on the audition date to serve as judges
– All auditioning students must pre-register online (registration link will be posted)
– All students and directors please read the D12 Audition Policies

FESTIVAL DATES (Locations & Conductors will be updated soon)

Jan 11-13 District Band
Jan 25-27 District Chorus
Feb 8-10 District Orchestra
Feb 22-24 Region Band
Mar 7-9 Region Chorus
Mar 21-23 Region Orchestra
Apr 17-20 Conference/ All-State – Bayfront Convention Center (Erie)


Please note: Similar to our instrumental auditions, PMEA Choral auditions will now only require auditioning students to perform the EXCERPTS as listed below for their chosen voice part. Students do NOT need to learn the entire piece, only the specific excerpts listed below.

Audition Piece #1
At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners
Williametta Spencer – Shawnee Press JW Pepper #4035259

Sop I: meas. 25 to the end
Sop II: meas. 25 to the end
Alto I: meas. 25 to the end
Alto II: meas. 25 to the end
Tenor I: meas. 1-16
Tenor II: meas. 1-16
Bass I: meas. 1-16
Bass II: meas. 1 -16

Audition Piece #2
Randall Thompson – E.C. Schirmer Music Co. JW Pepper #337147

Sop I:  meas. 56-66 
Sop II: meas. 26-41
Alto I: meas. 1-12
Alto II: meas. 13-26 (updated 9.20.23)
Tenor I: meas. 26-41
Tenor II: meas. 46-59
Bass I: meas. 52-66
Bass II: meas. 29-42

Piano Accompanist Audition

#1) Can We Sing The Darkness To Light by Kyle Pederson- learn full accompaniment

#2) Voice part score reading- Alleluia (Randall Thompson) meas. 55-68


Please review the audition excerpts and let us know as soon as possible if you see any need for corrections. Email corrections to If an excerpt is labeled as a corrected upload, be sure that your students are practicing the most recent version. The deadline for any updates/corrections is August 14, 2023. After that date, all excerpts will be judged exactly as posted. All of the excerpts below are transcribed from published sources, and will be judged exactly as they appear below.

Special note regarding Contra Clarinet: The SPEC Council has decided to remove the Contra-Bass/Contra-Alto Clarinet from Region and All-State Festivals. In the event that All-State Band or Wind Ensemble instrumentation requires contra clarinet, at-large auditions will be held.

Auditions for District Band and Orchestra will consist of the following:

  • Two prepared excerpts. Excerpts are listed below by instrument and should be performed in their entirety at the audition.
  • Selected major scales. Students should prepare the complete list of required scales posted by instrument. Students will be asked to perform three scales selected by the judges at the audition.
  • A sight-reading excerpt