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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 

Audition Procedure

We are auditioning for the following instruments: Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Acoustic Bass, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Bassoon, Tuba, Euphonium, Guitar, Clarinet, French Horn, Oboe, Piano, Harp, and Percussion.

All auditions are closed to parents/guardians, family members or peers. If you leave for non-emergencies during your audition, you may be disqualified.


If you have any questions, conflicts, and/or health concerns, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@ellingtonarts.org for further assistance. 

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC AUDITION SCHEDULE

What We Are Looking For

We are primarily evaluating your potential and passion for your instrument, your musicality, and your

willingness to work hard to move to the next level.

What to Have/How to Prepare

For their audition, all students must:

1. Prepare major scales and one musical selection for the audition and have sheet music for the

selection, be sure to bring a copy of the sheet to your audition.

2. Make sure to have their own musical instrument except for piano.

o Drummers should bring their own drumsticks.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we cannot provide an audition instrument for students. If you do not have an

instrument to audition with, please contact admissions@ellingtonarts.org.

The Audition Process Itself

All students auditioning in instrumental music will be required to:

• Perform a prepared musical selection

• Perform a sampling of major scales

• Be tested on musical response and sight-reading

• Participate in a personal interview

• Accompaniment not required.

In addition to the procedures above, percussion students must present at least one of the following:

• A variety of snare drum rudiments from the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) List of International

Drum Rudiments http://www.pas.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/pasdrumrudiments2015.pdf

• Any technical/musical skills on mallet percussion or timpani,

• Drum set styles such as jazz, Latin, funk, rock and/or soloing.

Have a Successful Audition

1. Practice! Truly prepare your musical selection.

2. Arrive promptly to your audition with all required materials.

3. Present yourself well –speak confidently and clearly.

4. Be prepared to talk about yourself – your musical background, and your goals for the future.

Please note 504 and IEP accommodation is available. Please contact admissions@ellingtonarts.org with

any questions or concerns.

MONDAY 2/5 - THURSDAY 2/8

In-Person

**BY STUDIO**
Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Sax, Trombone, Trumpet, Double Reed, Tuba, Euphonium,Guitar
(A-E) 2pm - 4:30pm., Mon
(F-J) 2pm - 4:30pm Tue
(K-P) 2pm - 4:30pm Wed
(Q-z) 2pm - 4:30pm Thu

Piano, Harp
(A-E) 2pm - 4:30pm., Mon
(F-J) 2pm - 4:30pm Tue
(K-P) 2pm - 4:30pm Wed
(Q-Z) 2pm - 4:30pm Thu

Clarinet
(A-E) 2pm - 4:30pm.,Mon
(F-J) 2pm - 4:30pm Tue
(K-P) 2pm - 4:30pm Wed
(Q-Z) 2pm - 4:30pm Thu

French Horn
(A-E) 2pm - 4:30pm.,Mon
(K-P) 2pm - 4:30pm Wed
(Q-z) 2pm - 4:30pm Fri

Percussion
(A-E) 2pm - 4:30pm., Mon
(F-J) 2pm - 4:30pm Tue
(K-P) 2pm - 4:30pm Wed
(Q-2) 2pm - 4:30pm Thu

Oboe
(A-J) 2pm - 4:30pm., Mon
(K-Z) 2pm - 4:30pm, Wed

What We are Looking For

We are primarily evaluating your potential and passion for your instrument, your musicality, and your willingness to work hard to move to the next level. 

How to Prepare for Auditions

For their audition, all students must: 
 

Prepare scales and one musical selection for the audition and have sheet music for the selection, be sure to bring a copy of the sheet to your audition. 


Make sure to have their own musical instrument except for piano. 


Drummers should bring their own drumsticks. 

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we cannot provide an audition instrument for students. If you do not have an instrument to audition, please contact us at admissions@ellingtonarts.org

The Audition
Process Itself

All students auditioning in instrumental music will be required to: 

 

  • Perform a prepared musical selection 

  • Perform a sampling of major scales

  • Be tested on musical response and sight-reading

  • Participate in a personal interview

  • Accompaniment not required 

In addition to the procedures above, percussion students must present at least one of the following: 

 

Three young musicians playing instruments

Having a Successful Audition

Practice! Truly prepare your musical selection. 


Arrive promptly to your audition with all required materials. 


Present yourself well – speak confidently and clearly. 


Be prepared to talk about yourself – your musical background, and your goals for the future. 

Please note 504 and IEP accommodations are available, please contact us at admissions@ellingtonarts.org with any questions or concerns. 

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