Auditions

Best wishes and Good Luck!!

Thank you for auditioning!  Mrs. Herman (orchestra) and I (Mrs. Eckerle, band) look forward to hearing you play.

  • Jazz Band Instructions, Audition music and backing tracks can be found here.
    • Audition assignment in Canvas for current Wootton students will open February 10, 2021.
    • Dropbox link for incoming Wootton band students.
    • Audition recordings are due on March 5, 2021 at 11:59pm. No late auditions will be accepted.

 

  • General Information about Curricular Bands and Orchestras
    • When you register in StudentVue, you will see three Symphonic Bands and three Symphonic Orchestras offered.
    • At Wootton High School, we call the bands, Patriot Winds, Symphonic Winds, and Wind Ensemble and the Orchestras, Patriot Strings, Symphonic Strings, and Chamber Orchestra.  MCPS does not use these terms. MCPS only uses the term Symphonic Band or Symphonic Orchestra.  The only way you can tell which ensemble is which is by the course codes below.
    • Most Incoming 9th grade students register for Symphonic Band, ART2094A-50, ART2094B-50 or Symphonic Orchestra, ART2099A-50, ART2099B-50.  
    • If you made the All State or All County this school year, then register for Symphonic Band, ART2094A-60, ART2094B-60 or Symphonic Orchestra, ART2099A-60, ART2099B-60.
    • No incoming 9th grade student should register for Symphonic Band ART2094A-70, ART2094B-70Wind Ensemble or Chamber Orchestra.  All students must audition for these ensembles.
    • If you want to audition for a band or orchestra to which you are not automatically assigned, then follow the instructions below to audition.  In other words, if you are assigned to the Patriot Winds or Patriot Strings and you want to audition for Symphonic Winds or Symphonic Strings, follow the instructions below.  If you are assigned to Symphonic Winds or Symphonic Strings and want to audition for Wind Ensemble, please follow the instructions below.

 

  •  Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Strings, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra 
    • Jazz Band audition results will be announced before these auditions.
    • For current Wootton students, the audition assignment in Canvas will open March 5, 2021.  No late auditions will be accepted.
    • Dropbox link for incoming Wootton students will open March 5, 2021.  No late auditions will be accepted.
    • Audition recordings are due Friday, March 19 at 11:59pm for all students. No late auditions will be accepted.
    • Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble Audition Requirements
      • Scales for band
        • Winds only – Any one major scale of your choice and a chromatic scale.  Your choice of rhythm and tempo.
      • Prepared Music
        • Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bari Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion
        • Wind Students auditioning for Symphonic Winds must play the Theme, Variation 2 and 3.
        • Wind Students auditioning for Wind Ensemble must play the Theme, Variation 3, and Variation 4.
          • Students auditioning for Wind Ensemble may also perform another piece of music showcasing their strengths.  Please only 1 or 2 minutes and an excerpt is fine.
        • Percussion Students auditioning for Symphonic Winds must play excerpt #1 with an audible metronome.
        • Percussion Students auditions for Wind Ensemble must play excerpts #1 and #2 with an audible metronome.
      • All Winds and Percussion (snare only) must sight-read for Wind Ensemble through Zoom.
    • Symphonic Strings and Chamber Orchestra Audition Requirements 
      •  Scales for orchestra
        • Any two major scales of your choice.  Your choice of rhythm and tempo.
      • Prepared Music
        • Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
        • In addition to performing the required audition music provided, students auditioning for Chamber Orchestra, may perform another piece of music showcasing their strengths.  Please only 1 or 2 minutes and an excerpt is fine.
      • Sight-reading for Chamber Strings only through Zoom.

Recording advice:

  • Do not speak at all on the video.
  • Label your video with your last name.
  • You are permitted to use an external microphone.
  • Try to avoid recording in a room that has too much echo/reverb so that clarity is not affected.  
  • Consider microphone placement so that you’re not too close or too far from the microphone. For most devices, allowing the entire performer in the camera view will be optimal. Please test the audio level so that there is no distortion during the loudest passages of the music, while also making sure that the softest portions can still be heard.  
  • No audio or visual effects (e.g., fade in, fade out, crossfade) are permitted.  No enhancements may be used (e.g., auto tune, reverb, enhancements).
  • Students may not use metronomes to perform the required audition selections. 
  • You may submit your audition in one or two videos.   You may choose what music is performed on what video.  In other words, you don’t have to perform the audition in one take or on one video.