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Auditions

Audition Requirements for FSPA Ensembles

Call the FSPA Office at 810.238.1350 ext. 3 to schedule an audition time.

Thanks for choosing to audition for an FSPA ensemble on Saturday, May 16th! Here are some things to expect at the audition:

1. A requirement sheet is included in this packet. If you have any questions regarding this, please call the FSPA office at 810.238.1350, ext. 3.

2. A goal of each FSPA ensemble is to support and enhance your current public or private school band, orchestra or chorus. We hope you will share the experiences, knowledge and enthusiasm you gain from being here. For this reason, we require each student to be an active member of their school band, orchestra or chorus, if one exists. We also encourage you to attend all rehearsals and performances they require, even at the expense of missing one of ours.

3. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time and know that you might be here longer than you anticipate.

4. Instrumental students, make sure to bring your instrument and 2 copies of your music (your copy and a copy for the adjudicator).

5. FSPA vocal and instrumental students audition at the same time. All students wait in the same line to register. All students will wait in the same warm up room. Vocal students feel free to warm up YOUR instrument (your voice), with some light humming and singing through your audition song, along with the instrumentalists.

6. The student assistants are here to make sure the auditions run smoothly. They are members of the Youth Symphony and Wind Ensemble. If you are a string player and need help tuning your instrument, don’t hesitate to ask. A student assistant will let you know when it’s your turn to audition.

7. Because this is a closed audition, you and the adjudicator are the only ones allowed in the room. No accompanist is allowed.

8. The adjudicators are instructed not speak to auditionees, so don’t be surprised if your adjudicator only says “hello” and “thank you”.

9. It takes at least one week to process and mail placement letters. Feel free to call us about other questions and concerns, but we cannot give placements over the phone. We know this can be frustrating, but we want to be fair to all auditionees.

10. ENJOY your audition!

Thanks again for auditioning and we’ll see you on May 16!

FSPA Ensemble Requirement:

A goal of each FSPA ensemble is to support and enhance your current public or private school band, orchestra or chorus. We hope you will share the experiences, knowledge and enthusiasm you gain from being here. For this reason, we require each student to be an active member of their school band, orchestra or chorus, if one exists. We also encourage you to attend all the rehearsals and performances they require, even at the expense of missing one of ours.

More information on the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra can be found here.


 

FLINT YOUTH SYMPHONY STRINGS

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:
  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates skills listed (no piano accompaniment necessary)
  2. Scales
    Violin/Viola/Cello:
    Two 3-octave scales of your choice, one major and one melodic minor with vibrato (memorized and at varying tempi)
    Bass:
    Two 2-octave scales of your choice, one major and one melodic minor with vibrato (memorized and of varying tempi)
  3. Sight -Reading

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play Youth Symphony Music:
  1. Confident execution of complex rhythmic combinations such as:
  2. Confident intonation in shifting positions
    Violin- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th
    Viola- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th
    Cello- 1st through beg. thumb
    Bass- 1st through 6th
  3. Confident execution of advanced bow strokes; detache, spiccato, brush, martele, flautando
  4. Well-developed vibrato
  5. Well-developed tone and dynamic contrast
  6. Mature musical phrasing and interpretation


FLINT YOUTH PHILHARMONIA STRINGS

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:
  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing level (no piano accompaniment necessary)
  2. Scales
    Violin/Viola:
    One 2-octave scale of your choice (memorized) which includes 3rd position (i.e., violin - D Major; Viola – G Major)
    Cello:
    One 2-octave scale of your choice (memorized) which includes 4th position (i.e., D Major)
    Bass:
    One 1-octave scale of your choice (memorized) which includes shifting (i.e., D Major)
  3. Sight-Reading

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play Philharmonia music:
  1. Confident playing in meters
  2. Confident execution of rhythmic combinations such as:
  3. Confident intonation in D Major, G Major, F Major, C Major, and B flat Major
  4. Confident shifting in positions:
    Violin/Viola- 1st, 3rd, 5th
    Cello- 1st through 4th
    Bass- 1st through 4th
  5. Developing vibrato
  6. Developing tone and dynamic contrast
  7. Developing musical phrasing and interpretation

FLINT YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition
  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing level (no piano accompaniment necessary)
  2. Scales
    Violin/Viola/Cello:
    One 2-octave major scale of your choice (memorized)
    Bass:
    One 1-octave major scale of your choice (memorized)
  3. Sight-Reading

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play String Orchestra music:
  1. Confident reading
  2. Confident 1st position note reading in the keys of G, D, and A major
  3. Confident reading of rhythmic combinations such as:
  4. An understanding of legato and staccato and slurring 2-4 notes to a bow


FLINT YOUTH SYMPHONY WINDS

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition
  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing level (no piano accompaniment necessary)
  2. Two extended-range scales of your choice from keys including up to 5 flats and 6 sharps, one major and one from either the harmonic or melodic minor form (memorized and at varying tempi)
  3. One extended-range arpeggio of your choice (memorized)
  4. One 2-octave major scale in thirds of your choice from keys including up to 4 flats and 4 sharps (memorized)
  5. Extended range chromatic scale starting from note of your choice (memorized)
  6. Sight-Reading

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play Youth Symphony Music:
  1. Confident execution of complex rhythmic combinations such as:
  2. Well-developed tone
  3. Confident intonation, dynamic contrast, musical phrasing and interpretation
  4. Flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet and tuba: well-developed vibrato
  5. Bassoon and trombone: working knowledge of tenor clef
  6. Trumpets show developing knowledge of the following transpositions: A, B flat, C, D, E flat, F. French horns show developing knowledge of the following transpositions: A, C, D, E flat, E, G. Clarinets show developing knowledge of the following transpositions: A, C.
  7. Flute, French horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba: single tongue sixteenth notes at m=120; double tongue at m=152; triple tongue at m=88.


FLINT YOUTH PHILHARMONIA WINDS

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:
  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing level (no piano accompaniment necessary) (
  2. Two 2-octave scales of your choice from keys including up to 4 flats and 4 sharps, one major and one harmonic minor (memorized and at varying tempi)
  3. One 2-octave chromatic scale starting from note of your choice (memorized)
  4. Sight-Reading

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play Philharmonia music:
  1. Confident execution of rhythmic combinations such as:
  2. Well-developed tone
  3. Confident intonation, dynamic contrast, musical phrasing and interpretation
  4. Flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba: developing vibrato
  5. Bassoon and trombone: basic knowledge of tenor clef
  6. Trumpets: show developing knowledge of the following transpositions: B flat, C, D. French horns show developing knowledge of the following transpositions: E flat, G, D. Transpositions do not have to be done at sight.
  7. Flutes, French horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas: single tongue sixteenth notes at m=108


FLINT YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:
  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing level (no piano accompaniment necessary)
  2. Two 2-octave scales of your choice from keys including up to 5 flats and 6 sharps, one major and one from either the harmonic or melodic minor form (memorized and at varying tempi)
  3. One 2-octave arpeggio of your choice (memorized)
  4. 2-octave chromatic scale starting from note of your choice (memorized)
  5. Sight-Reading

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play Wind Ensemble music:
  1. Confident execution of rhythmic combinations such as:
  2. Well-developed tone
  3. Confident intonation, dynamic contrast, musical phrasing and interpretation
  4. Flute, oboe, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba: single tongue sixteenth notes at m.=120; double tongue at m.=132-142; triple tongue at m.=80


FLINT YOUTH SYMPHONY PERCUSSION

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:
  1. Two solos/etudes of your choice, from two of the three following categories: mallet percussion, timpani, snare drum.
  2. Major scales (2 octaves- ascending/descending), Rudiments (from 40 International Rudiments-PAS) and timpani tuning (perfect 4th and 5th, major and minor 3rd). Memorized. Selected by audition committee.
  3. Sight-Reading on snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, bass drum, crash cymbals, tambourine and triangle.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play Youth Symphony music:

  1. Confident execution of complex rhythmic figures such as:
  2. Well-developed technique on a variety of percussion instruments- mallet percussion, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, crash cymbals, triangle, tambourine, etc.
  3. Confident demonstration of tone, dynamic contrast, musical phrasing, interpretation, and sight-reading skills.


FLINT YOUTH PHILHARMONIA PERCUSSION

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:
  1. Two solos/etudes of your choice, from two of the three following categories: mallet percussion, timpani, snare drum.
  2. Major scales (up to 3 flats and 3 sharps) (2 octaves ascending/descending) Rudiments-flams, ruffs, closed roll, open roll, 5/9/13 stroke rolls, timpani tuning (perfect 4th and 5th). Memorized. Selected by the audition committee.
  3. Sight-Reading on snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, bass drum, crash cymbals, tambourine and triangle.
Skills you will need in order to play Philharmonia music
  1. Confident execution of rhythmic figures such as:
  2. Developing technique on a variety of percussion instruments - mallet percussion, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, crash cymbals, triangle, tambourine, etc.
  3. Confident demonstration of tone, dynamic contrast, musical phrasing, interpretation and sight-reading skills.


FLINT YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE PERCUSSION

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:
  1. Two solos/etudes of your choice, from two of the three following categories: mallet percussion, timpani, snare drum.
  2. Major scales (2 octaves- ascending/descending), Rudiments (from 40 International Rudiments-PAS) and timpani tuning (perfect 4th and 5th, major and minor 3rd). Memorized. Selected by audition committee.
  3. Sight-Reading on snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, bass drum, crash cymbals, tambourine and triangle.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play Youth Symphony music:

  1. Confident execution of complex rhythmic figures such as:
  2. Well-developed technique on a variety of percussion instruments- mallet percussion, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, c(ash cymbals, triangle and tambourine, etc.
  3. Confident demonstration of tone, dynamic contrast, musical phrasing, interpretation, and sight-reading skills.

FLINT YOUTH SYMPHONY PIANO

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:

  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing level
  2. Two 4-octave major scales of your choice (memorized and at varying tempi)
  3. Sight-Reading

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play Youth Symphony music:

  1. Confident execution of rhythmic combinations such as:
  2. Well-developed tone and dynamic contrast
  3. Mature musical phrasing and interpretation

FLINT YOUTH PHILHARMONIA PIANO

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:

  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing level
  2. One 4-octave major scale of your choice (memorized)
  3. Sight-Reading

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play Philharmonia music:

  1. Confident playing in meters
  2. Confident execution of rhythmic combinations such as:
  3. Developing tone(and dynamic contrast
  4. Developing musical phrasing and interpretation

FLINT YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA PIANO

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to play at the audition:

  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing level
  2. One 4-octave major scale of your choice (memorized)
  3. Sight-Reading

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skills you will need in order to play String Orchestra music:

  1. Confident playing in meters
  2. Confident execution of rhythmic combinations such as:
  3. Developing tone and dynamic contrast 4. Developing musical phrasing and interpretation

FLINT YOUTH SYMPHONY HARP

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to do at the audition:

  1. 2-minute excerpt of solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing level (no piano accompaniment necessary)
  2. An etude, orchestral excerpt or cadenza of the student’s choice
  3. Sight Reading

FLINT FESTIVAL YOUTH CHORUS and FLINT FESTIVAL YOUTH SINGERS

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Things you will be asked to do at the audition:

  1. Sing a song, unaccompanied of your choice. (Suggestions: Amazing Grace, America the Beautiful, The Water is Wide, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot)
  2. Sing a five-note ascending major scale and a five-note descending major scale.
  3. Echo a melody that is played on the piano.
  4. Sing a simple round with the adjudicator.
  5. Sing an ascending major triad.
  6. Students will also be asked general questions about their singing experience.
 
More Info

The Flint Institute of Music
1025 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503

Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm

 

810-238-1350

Flint Youth Theatre
1220 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm

Ticket Hours: Monday - Friday,
11am-6pm & one hour before performance times. 

810-237-1530