Scott Michael Sayre is a TPHS Alumnus of the class of 2004. He grew up playing low brass and jazz piano. Pursuing a career in music creation, he earned a B.M. in computer music composition from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and M.M. in composition from the University of South Carolina. Now back in North County, Scott shares his talents at Torrey Pines by coaching the band classes and the drumline. He also teaches private lessons at the Youth Arts Academy at the Boys & Girls Club in Carmel valley.
Shelly Yeager is a soprano who grew up singing in her dad’s church in Houston, Texas. After leading the adult and youth choirs starting at age seventeen, she went on to the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston where she graduated cum laude with a Music Education degree in Choral Conducting. Shelly then taught high school choir in the Cypress Fairbanks district where her choirs won many competitions including UIL Sweepstakes for multiple years. She now owns Yeager Hunter Productions, LLC, a musical theatre production company that stages full-scale musicals, on-site, for schools desiring to provide their students a legitimate theatrical experience.
TPHS Alumnus Ian Buss is a saxophonist, composer/arranger, and music educator. A graduate of the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, he has performed at numerous venues in the NYC area, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Bowl, and the United Nations. As a sideman, Ian has shared the stage with Gilbert Castellanos, Jon Faddis, Bobby Sanabria, and others. In addition to maintaining his own private lessons studio, he teaches at Palomar College, the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, and the UCSD Jazz Camp. Now an Artist in Residence at TPHS, Ian specializes in Jazz Band and Jazz Improvisation.
Where To Go and What To Bring
Auditions will be held in our new music room, room number (M)-501. (The number on the building is M-501. The campus map says 501.) Park in the rear parking lot near the PAC. Walk up the stairs on the right side of the PAC, turn right, walk up more stairs and you will be at M-501.
If you have a conflict with the audition dates please email Mrs. Gelb at
Please print and fill out your Audition Information Sheet prior to your audition. Please bring it to your audition.
Audition Information Sheet
Please print and fill out the Audition Information Sheet
You will either bring this with you to the audition or email it to Mrs. Gelb at prior to your audition time for virtual auditions.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your audition. Please bring your Audition Information Sheet (fill it out prior to your audition) and your audition excerpt or other music to your audition.
Audition Requirements for 2020-21
Please check this page for updated information regarding the requirements for the 2021-2022 auditions. Requirements may change or they may remain the same as for the 2020-2021 auditions, listed below.
Symphonic Band & Intermediate Orchestra
No Audition necessary. but encouraged. Neither class is a beginning level and experience is required (auditioning is still recommended)
Students should play the listed excerpts or something of their own choice at the advanced level.
Improvisation- 12 Bar Blues in the following keys: F, G & Ab (concert pitches, transpose for instrument) backing track will be provided.
Be prepared to play any part of the following excerpts:
Student should prepare the following excerpts or play something of their own choice at an advanced level.