2023-2024 Orchestra Auditions for Waubonsie Valley
Auditions and placements are now done for the 2023-2024 year - if you are transferring in to WV, this information can help you know what we'll ask of you for placement.
THIS PAGE HAS INFORMATION FOR ALL AUDITIONING STUDENTS
- Incoming Freshman (Class of 2027) for Concert Orchestra and Concert Strings placement
- Current students for Symphonic Strings audition
- Current students for Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Strings audition
At Waubonsie we have 2 freshman orchestras - CONCERT ORCHESTRA is the entry-level high school orchestra which is the natural extension of the 8th grade orchestra curriculum and CONCERT STRINGS which is a more advanced high school level for students who will likely advance into the auditioned-track orchestras as upperclassmen. Placement is determined by evaluation of students' skill in 3rd quarter 8th grade.
All 8th grade Waubonsie-bound students will prepare the following video material with their 8th grade teacher by January 28:
Violin: 2 octave D Major Scale
Viola/Cello/Bass: 2 octave G Major Scale
Everyone: #130 from Essential Elements Book 2 - Hatikvah
Optional: Prepared solo if students particularly want to be considered for Concert Strings
For registration purposes, all incoming 9th grade students should register for "Concert Orchestra". Ms Tyus and Ms Silberman will change placements with Waubonsie counselors later in March 2023 and students will be made aware of placements by their current 8th grade orchestra teachers. If students will be attending a different high school, the recommendation for placement is standardized across the district, so the new 9th grade teachers will have access to video files and data for placement.
----------Current students in grade 9 - 11 ----------
Symphonic Strings - consists of advancing 10th - 12th grade students. Placement in this orchestra will be determined by a recording on material prepared in technique class in January.
RECORDED VIDEO - to be submitted to the Google Classroom by February 7, 2023
Placement determined by WVHS directors
1) 2 Scales
3-octave scale, quarter=80
- Violin and Bass (wrap around scale) - G major
- Viola and Cello - C major
2-octave minor scale, quarter=60
Violin and Bass: C minor
Viola and Cello: G minor
2) Etude - given out in Technique class at the Concert and Symphonic level
Violin and Viola - Wohlfahrt Op. 45, No. 38, 5 lines
Cello - Dotzauer #46, 5 lines
Bass - Simandl #7, 3 lines
3) Your progress first semester and Winter final exam will also be considered for placement
Chamber Strings and Chamber Orchestra - consists of auditioned 10th - 12th grade student (advanced 9th grade students may be accepted to Chamber Strings). All current members must re-audition to stay in Chamber Orchestra/Strings. Current 8th graders may audition only for Chamber Strings with pre-screening and prior approval of both their middle school director and Ms. Silberman (video to your M.S. director required by January 13, 2023):
2 Major, 1 minor scale from ILMEA HS scale sheet and 30-60 seconds of major solo - sonata or concerto)..
VIDEO AUDITION DEADLINE submitted as 3 separate videos - 1. scales, 2. excerpt + etude, 3. solo - unlisted YouTube (preferred), WeVideo or Google Drive links (viewable by all) in the Google Form in the Google Classroom (or emailed to Ms Silberman if not currently enrolled at WV in an orchestra)
Due by February 7, 2023
Auditions adjudicated by professional judges
3 pages with all the material
Students will record the following scales with an audible metronome, quarter note = 100.
Violin - 3 octave D major, G melodic minor
Viola, Cello - 3 octave F major, C melodic minor
Bass - 2 octave A major, G melodic minor
Violin and Viola - Mazas Shifting Etude from Op. 16
Cello - Dotzauer #33
Bass - Simandl #6
From Shostakovich Symphony 5, Finale movement
4) Solo - 60-90 seconds of a solo