CUSD Honor Band & Orchestra Information

CLICK HERE FOR ALL 2017 HONOR AUDITION RESULTS - Congrats to all the Panther's who made the groups!

 

SONG RECORDINGS OF THE REHEARSAL MUSIC

6-8 Grade Honor Band - La Madre de Los Gatos, Shackelford Banks and Moscow, 1941

6-8 Grade Honor Orchestra - Fire in the Forge, Heartstrings and Spartacus

 

REHEARSAL AND CONCERT SCHEDULE

Click on the district website (cusdvapa.com)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1) When & where are the auditions? Information will be given by your teacher. The auditions are a google video submission.

 

2) What are the audition day logistics? Students will record themselves playing the sacels and song(s) and will put the video files into their google drive. Then the folder will be shared to a Google Survey/Form issued from CUSD.

 

3) Who are the auditioners? The auditioners are made up of teachers & professionals in the area that have volunteered their time to listen to the students. Usually there is one or 2 judges for each instrument.

 

4) Does the music need to be played/sung from memory? Students do not need to memorize any of the music and they should bring and use their music for all aspects of the audition. If they are able to play/sing it memorized, make sure to use your music anyways. Students have a tendency to forget things when they are nervous so the music should be there just in case. Even when the student has it memorized but has their music out, the auditioner can tell that they are playing/singing by memory.

 

5) Do the students need to play the exact music sheet that they were given by their music teacher or is it OK to improvise or choose your own song? The auditioners will be looking for the students to play exactly what is written because they need to know exactly what music skills students have compared to each other. The music chosen for the audition has key elements that they will be looking for.


6) The scales say that you have to have a minimum of quarter note = 120, how should you practice it when this is too fast to be played correctly now? Start practicing it at a comfortable, slow & even speed. Then, using a metronome, speed it up slowly (one notch at a time or 4 numbers at a time) to a few clicks/8 numbers higher than the desired speed. This will make it much easier and more comfortable at the desired speed! (Slower & accurate is much better than fast & sloppy.) Do not play it faster than 120. They want to hear it at that exact tempo. If you need to play it slower, that's OK too. Just make sure it is accurate regardless of the tempo!

7) Any ideas to help students practice/learn the music? Private teachers are able to offer one-on-one help, but we will be learning both of the pieces and scales during class with all the students so that they can feel comfortable. All students will be playing/singing these songs in class almost everyday for about 3 weeks prior tothe audition and all students will be tested on these songs as a playing/singing test! Also read the "How to Properly Practice" on the home page. Any student wishing to get extra help may make arrangements with the teachers too.

 

8) What are the audition protocols the students &/or parents need to know? Wear nice clothes (something you would wear in a nice picture), be presentable, and just play/sing the best that he/she can! (Usually it's pretty common for students to be nervous and he/she should do just fine! The more prepared, usually the less nervous.)

9) When given the option to play/sing an upper or lower part, usually one is more difficult than the other. Which one should he/she choose? They are looking for the strongest players, whether it's a high or low part. The more difficult part may get a higher chair but if the student doesn't know how to play the harder part, they shouldn't attempt it at an audition! The auditioners are just trying to see where everyone is at! Always remember that something played accurately is better than trying to attempt to play something that is not that well learned. Students should try to do what's comfortable over trying to attempt everything. Kids have a tendency to get fairly nervous when trying to do too many new things at once!

 

10) When will I find out if I have been accepted to play in the Honor Group? A list will be posted at school within a few days or so after the audition.

 

11) Should I audition if I am not sure that I can make every rehearsal? No. Only those students that are committed to attending each and every rehearsal should audition. Please check your calendars ahead of time!

 

 

 

 

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SONG RECORDINGS OF THE AUDITION MUSIC

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Band & Orchestra -