•  County Orchestra Information

     
    Interested students should:
     
    1.   Prepare the solo listed for their age group.
    2.   Ensure availability for all dates of the festival, including the snow date.
    3.   Sign up through the Google doc I will email in the coming weeks.
    4.   Provide your own transportation to the Audition/ Festival sites.
     
     

    2016-17 DCMEA County Orchestra Audition Information


    Audition Date:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Central Dauphin Middle School*
    Students and parents should report to the auditorium.

    Festival Host:  Susquehanna Township

    Please make sure students are available for festival dates before auditioning . . . Dates and times are listed below.

    ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL & CONCERT INFORMATION
    Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (HS-JH-ES) @ Susquehanna Township
    Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (JH-ES) @ Susquehanna Township
    Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (JH-ES) @ Susquehanna Township
    Friday, January 20, 2017, 9 AM-3 p.m. (HS) TBA
    Saturday, January 21, 2016, rehearsal starts at 9:00 a.m., concert starts at 1:30 p.m. @ Susquehanna Township

    • Auditions will commence at 6:30 p.m.  
    • Directors and students should arrive 15-20 minutes early so that students can be tuned and ready to start auditions on time.  
    • All auditioning students must be approved for audition by their school orchestra director.  
    • All orchestra directors of participating students must participate in the audition process and must be a member of DCMEA. Email Sam Kibler if you have an instrument preference for judging purposes. 
    • Parents can wait for students in the location where instrument cases are stored . . . usually the auditorium or cafeteria.   


    2016-17 Orchestra Festival Audition Requirements
    All students must obtain a copy of the solo/etude book for their instrument.  Photocopies may not be used for auditions except in special cases approved by school orchestra directors.  Appropriate uses of photocopies would be enlarged copies in the case of students who are vision impaired or copies of a specific page to facilitate a challenging page turn.  If a school orchestra director approves the use of a photocopy, students should ALSO have the appropriate solo book with them at auditions.  

    ​High school directors should share selection details with students in grades 10-12.  Email Dalinda Bohr (
    dbohr@cdschools.org) if you have questions regarding the selection of high school students.  


    We are on Year 2 of our revised rotation of audition solos.  Solo books may be obtained from most local music stores as well as many on-line sources.  Students purchasing books for the junior high solos should ensure they are purchasing the correct volume.  

    Elementary Solo (grades 4 through 6)
    All solos for elementary are in Solos & Etudes, book 2, by Robert Frost, Published by Neil A. Kjos Publishing.

    Junior High (grades 7 through 9)
    Please see the book title (in boldfaced type) for each instrument.  Students must audition on the arrangement in the specified solo book.  Other arrangements of these solos will not be acceptable for audition purposes.

    High School (grades 10-12)
    Student participants are nominated by their school orchestra directors.  Each director may have different means of selecting participating students. Students will audition for seating placement at the first rehearsal. 

     

    I.         Solo for Elementary String Auditions for County 2017 Festival
    (Year 2 of revised rotation)
    Violin:             Russian Folk Melody, from “Solo and Etudes”, Bk 2 (Frost, Kjos), page 29

    Viola:               Russian Folk Melody, from “Solo and Etudes”, Bk 2 (Frost, Kjos), page 29
    Cello:               Russian Folk Melody, from “Solo and Etudes”, Bk 2 (Frost, Kjos), page 29
    String Bass:     Russian Folk Melody, from “Solo and Etudes”, Bk 2 (Frost, Kjos), page 29

    II.        Sight Reading


    I.         Solo for Junior High Orchestra Auditions for County 2017 Festival
    (Year 2 of revised rotation)
    Violin:             Concertino in D, Op 15, Larghetto and Allegro Assai (2nd and 3rd movements), by Kuchler, from Solos for the Young Violinist”, Book #1, pages 30, 31

    Viola:               Concertino in D (G), Op 15, Larghetto and Allegro Assai (2nd and 3rd movements), by Kuchler, published by Bosworth
    Cello:               Gavotte, Gossec, page 13 from “Etling Solo Time”, Book #3
    Strings Bass:   Heroic March, Handel, Page 16 from “Etling Solo Time”, Book #3”


    II.        All Strings: Scales up to and including 3 sharps and 3 flats, i.e. C G D A F Bb Eb Major Scales, played at a quarter note = 120 (march tempo) with separate bows, a minimum of 1 octave performed, memorized; please note additional octaves will be given extra credit (when scored by the judges).

    III.      Sight Reading

     
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