INSTRUMENTAL ADJUDICATION PROCESS

AUDITION TIMES
Instrumental (non-jazz) audition time slots will be 10 minutes (15 for percussion) in length with the sight-reading aspect of the audition conducted in same room by the same adjudicators.

The only exception would be if there are too many audition requests for any one instrument (i.e.: flute) to allow the Audition Chair to create a reasonable schedule for the adjudicators and students. In that case, the audition time slot will be reduced (to 7 or 8 minutes as needed) and the sight-reading aspect of the audition will be heard by a separate adjudicator in a separate room, first-come, first-served basis (as the jazz and vocal auditions do now).

ADJUDICATION
Students who audition under the Instrumental Audition format are applying for acceptance into either the Festival Orchestra or the Festival Band (with the appropriate exceptions for strings and saxophones). A separate audition is required to be considered for acceptance into other groups.

Whenever possible, students will be auditioned by a pair of adjudicators who will jointly rate the student's performance.

Students may audition on more than one instrument as long as they were correctly listed on their school's computer application for Brass, Woodwind, Percussion and String Auditions once for each audition and the appropriate number of fees were paid. Students may not audition on the same instrument twice regardless of the information on the application form or the number of fees paid.

Students may not audition on a different instrument than the one(s) listed for them on their school's computer application for Brass, Woodwind, Percussion and String Auditions.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS - MELODIC INSTRUMENTS
To complete their audition, students must:
Perform the appropriate audition piece unaccompanied before the pair of adjudicators (see AUDITION SELECTIONS for the proper pieces). The adjudicators may make cuts in the amount of the piece to be performed and will inform the student of these cuts before they begin their audition. The student must perform the piece from an original copy or from memory.
Perform two diatonic major scales and the chromatic scale
STRINGS ONLY - One major scale, one Melodic Minor scale and an arpeggio based in the key of one of the scales selected
Sight-read a short melody at a tempo given by the adjudicator.
In addition, students auditioning on melodic percussion must:
Perform the short excerpts on three of the five accessory instruments (Bass Drum, Crash Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Triangle). The adjudicators will select which three accessory instruments are to be performed as part of the audition. The Secondary Percussion Excerpts are available to download from the Handbook section of the All State website (www.vmea.org/allstate.html).

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS - SNARE DRUM
To complete their audition, students must:
Perform the appropriate audition piece unaccompanied before the pair of adjudicators (see AUDITION SELECTIONS for the proper pieces). The adjudicators may make cuts in the amount of the piece to be performed and will inform the student of these cuts before they begin their audition. The student must perform the piece from an original copy or from memory.
Perform the Long Roll. Perform four rudiments, one from each group: FLAM: Flam Tap, Flam Accent, Flam, Flamacue, Flamadiddle; DIDDLE: Paradiddle, Double Paradiddle, Paradiddle Diddle; RUFF/DRAG: 4 Stroke Ruff, Single Ratamacue, Double Ratamacue, Triple Ratamacue; ROLL: 5 Stroke Roll, 7 Stroke Roll, 9 Stroke Roll, 13 Stroke Roll. The adjudicators will select which rudiments, one from each group, that are to be performed as part of the audition. All are to be done OPEN - CLOSE - OPEN.
Sight-read a short phrase at a tempo given by the adjudicator
Perform the short excerpts on three of the five accessory instruments (Bass Drum, Crash Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Triangle). The adjudicators will select which three accessory instruments are to be performed as part of the audition. The Secondary Percussion Excerpts are available to download from the Handbook section of the All State website (www.vmea.org/allstate.html).

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS - TIMPANI
To complete their audition, students must:

Perform the appropriate audition piece unaccompanied before the pair of adjudicators (see AUDITION SELECTIONS for the proper pieces). The adjudicators may make cuts in the amount of the piece to be performed and will inform the student of these cuts before they begin their audition. The student must perform the piece from an original copy or from memory.
Perform several selected tuning and sticking studies. The Timpani Tuning and Technique Studies are available to download from the Handbook & Forms section of the All State website (www.vmea.org/allstate.html)
Sight-read a short phrase at a tempo given by the adjudicator
Perform the short excerpts on three of the five accessory instruments (Bass Drum, Crash Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Triangle). The adjudicators will select which three accessory instruments are to be performed as part of the audition. The Secondary Percussion Excerpts are available to download from the Handbook & Forms section of the All State website (www.vmea.org/allstate.html).
NO PHOTOCOPIES OF THE AUDITION SELECTION WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE AUDITION ROOM.

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