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Auditions

Auditions for 2024-2025

Auditions for students moving to TPHS over the summer will be submitted in the summer. Audition submissions are due by the first day of school, August 13, 2024. To audition please make video recordings following the instructions and requirements on this page. Then fill out our Audition Form and upload your recordings to the form.

Need Help?

If you have any questions please email our music director Amy Gelb at amy.gelb@sduhsd.net

Audition Info for Each Music Class

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. 

Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band

Students who wish to be placed in one of the upper level classes -- Advanced Orchestra (Chamber Strings), Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band -- must audition for class placement. 

 

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

MIDI/Recording Arts and Instrumental Music

These classes are open to all students and no audition is required.

Audition Requirements for 2024-2025

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 Audition Form to the corresponding file there (File A, File, B, etc.).

Symphonic Band & 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 (Chamber Strings)

  • 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.

 

 

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