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Auditions

2018-19 Audition Dates

Auditions take place each April for the following season. Students are notified of audition results in June.

2018-19 Audition Dates

Sat. April 14, 2018 - Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion, Choral, Jazz

Sun. April 15, 2018 - Strings, Winds, Brass

Mon. April 16, 2018 - Strings Only

Interested students must complete the MYE online application and pay the $45 non-refundable application fee.

Please do not contact the office to inquire about openings.

Audition Requirements

Singers and Instrumentalists should prepare one classical solo that demonstrates their best level of both technical and expressive abilities. This selection need not be more than 3 minutes in duration. Instrumentalists should include a second piece or additional movement if one piece does not demonstrate contrasting styles. A chromatic scale throughout the range of an instrument may also be asked. An accompanist will be provided for singers only. It is preferred that instrumentalists play without accompaniment.

Percussionists should prepare 3 solo pieces or etudes that show proficiency on snare drum, marimba, and timpani. Sticks/mallets are not provided; you must bring your own.

Jazz applicants will be asked to perform an audition including the following components:

Seven major scales of your choice (seven different keys),

Three harmonic and/or melodic minor scales of your choice using eighth notes (quarter = 120), a melody (head) and improvised solo to either a blues, rhythm changes, or standard jazz tune, either with a combo or play-a-long recording.

Piano, Guitar, and Bass: Walk a bass line or comp chords for an F or Bb blues, either with a combo or play-a-long recording. Improvise a solo if possible.

Drums: Demonstrate playing the following styles: Swing (sticks and brushes), Bossa nova, Samba, Ballad

Sight reading/sight singing will be required of all applicants.

Michigan Youth Chamber Singers

Michigan Youth Jazz Improvisation Ensemble

Michigan Youth Symphonic Band

Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

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