Auditions

Overview of Our Classes

The TPHS music program welcomes all interested students. Auditions are only required for the upper level classes. Please review the "Our Program" pages of our website for more information on each class. Also visit the FAQ's page for information on registering for classes.

BAND, ORCHESTRA, JAZZ BAND

Students who wish to be placed in one of the upper level classes (Advanced Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Jazz Band) must audition for class placement. Current TPHS students already in these ensembles DO NOT need to re-audition. Auditions are for new students and students who want to move up a level.

 

No audition is required for placement in Symphonic Band or Intermediate Orchestra. These are not beginning level classes, and students must already know how to play their instrument.

CHOIR, ADVANCED CHOIR, and GUITAR

Choir and Guitar are open to all levels. No audition is required and beginners are welcome.  Advanced Choir is an intermediate to advanced level class that requires an audition.   

Audition Dates

Auditions for students moving to TPHS over the summer are now open. Auditions will be submitted online. Please check back to this page for the deadline to submit your audition. To submit their audition, students will upload videos via this Google Form.

Need Help?

If you have any questions please email Ms. Gelb at amy.gelb@sduhsd.net

Audition Requirements for 2021-2022

Please read these directions carefully and email Ms. Gelb with any questions you may have.  amy.gelb@sduhsd.net

Each video requirement listed here will be uploaded in the Google Form to the corresponding file there (File A, File, B, etc.).

Symphonic Band & Intermediate Orchestra 

  • No Audition necessary, but these classes are not beginning level and experience is required.                            

                                         

 

Wind Ensemble

  • File A: (Winds)- Video of the following scales (as many octaves as you can with a nice tone) with an articulation of your choice and quarter notes = at least 80:  1) Concert D Major, 2) Concert Ab Major, 3) Concert G Harmonic Minor, 4) Chromatic Scale

  • File A: (Percussion)- Video of the following scales (if you have a pitched mallet instrument or piano):  1) D Major, 2) Ab Major, 3) G Harmonic Minor, 4) Chromatic Scale

  • File B: (Winds & Percussion)- Video of these excerpts or a piece of your choosing which demonstrates your technical and musical ability.

Jazz Band

  • File A: Video of the following scales (as many octaves as you can with a nice tone) with an articulation of your choice and quarter notes = at least 80: 1) Concert D Major, 2) Concert Ab Major, 3) Concert G Harmonic Minor, 4) Chromatic Scale

  • File A: (Vocal)- Video singing one of the three vocal options (Betwitched, Something's Gotta Give, or No More Blues). Sing entire song while using provided backing track.  PDF's and backing tracks.

  • File B: Video of the these excerpts or a melody from the Real Book excerpt of your choosing.

  • File C: Video soloing over a blues key of your choice (use backing track of your choice) for 12 bars.

  • File C: (Drums)- Video demonstrating the ability to play Swing (8 bars), Funk (8 bars), Latin of your choice (8)

 

 

Advanced Orchestra

  • File A: Video of the following scales (at least 2 octaves) demonstrating consistent bowing and quarter notes = at least 80: 1) C Major,  2) D Major, 3) G Major, 4) G Harmonic Minor

  • File B: Video of the these excerpts or a piece of your choosing which demonstrates your technical and musical ability.

 

 

Advanced Choir

  • File A: Video of a piece of your choosing which demonstrates your technical and musical ability. You may use a backing track if you wish.

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