Rappahannock Summer Music Camp

Join us for our 13th Season!

Auditions

  • All auditions take place on Registration Day.
  • Junior Division students do not need to prepare an audition.
  • The auditions are not for acceptance into RSMC, but for seating and placement. Students should check the audition requirements for their instrument(s) and be prepared to play all requirements.
  • There will be both a scale requirement, and a prepared piece requirement. Students will also be asked to sightread.
  • In order to be admitted into an advanced ensemble, a student must successfully complete the advanced audition requirements. Merely attempting an advanced audition does not automatically qualify a student for the advanced ensemble. 
  • Students wanting to audition on piccolo or tenor/bari saxophone should follow the requirements for flute and saxophone, respectively.
  • Students interested in either of the jazz ensembles should also look for the Jazz Ensemble requirements. 
  • Only the actual performing level of the student will be considered. The age or school grade of the student will have no consideration on the audition results.


Q: Who needs to audition?
A: All students except Junior students should plan on auditioning. All Performance Program students must audition for at least one of the concert bands or orchestras. Guitar students should audition if they plan on signing up for Guitar Workshop, Guitar Ensemble, or to audition for Jazz Band. Pianists should audition if they plan on signing up for Piano Workshop, Piano Duet, or to audition for Jazz Band. Students interested in Advanced Choir should audition. Students should audition on ANY instrument that they plan on playing in a Band, Orchestra, Workshop, or Chamber Group.

Q: Why do I have to audition?
A: Teachers want to meet the students that they will be working with for the week. They also want to know your musical abilities so they can plan their classes. RSMC has different levels of band and orchestra, and the auditions will place each student in the appropriate level ensemble.

Q: I’m nervous about auditioning! What if I mess up?
A: Don’t be nervous - the audition is very informal! The teachers will talk to you and ask you questions. They can tell if you make a mistake from nerves, or if you are playing something that you haven’t learned yet in your musical studies. They may even give you a second chance if they think you need it. It’s all OK.

Q: I’ve only been playing my instrument for one year and I don't have a private teacher. What should I do?
A: Younger or less experienced musicians should play as much of the prepared etude as they can, even if it's only one line. Just do your best. You are showing us what you've learned in your studies so far, even if it is only your first year.


Q: I don't like to practice much. Do I need to practice for my audition?

A: Yes - your actual playing and preparation on that day will be assessed. The teachers will not seat you in band or orchestra based on your potential, or on your actual grade or age. If you want to do well at the audition and get a good chair, you need to practice and be prepared for your audition!




      2017 Audition Requirements - 
      students should prepare the highest level requirements they can handle:
     
Instrument
 Intermediate Ensemble Requirements
 Advanced Ensemble Requirements
 Prepared Etudes
for all levels 
Advanced Choir
No audition required for RSMC Chorus
Advanced Choir Students may prepare a song of their choice, however, students are encouraged to audition even if they don't have a prepared solo. Students should come prepared to sing a major scale, match pitches, and sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" (words will be provided)
A prepared solo is accepted, but not required for the audition
Woodwinds
and
Brass
(based on Middle School District Band requirements)
  • Chromatic scale, at least 2 octaves
  • Major scales in as many octaves as possible: Concert pitch G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab
(based on High School District Band requirements)
  • Chromatic scale, full range of instrument
  • All 12 Major scales, as many octaves as possible for your instrument
Strings

(based on Junior Regional Orchestra requirements)

  • Major scales: D, G, C, F, Bb
  • Harmonic minor scales: a, e, d, g
  • Scales should be played two octaves 

(based on Senior Regional Orchestra requirements)

  • Major scales: C, G, D, A, G, Bb, Eb
  • Melodic Minor scales: a, e, b, f#, d, g, c
  • All scales 3 octaves (2 octaves for Bass) 
Percussion
 

(based on Middle School District Band requirements)

  • Rudiments: long roll, flamtap, flam paradiddle, flam accent, single ratamacue, lesson 25
  • Mallets: Maj. scales, G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, chromatic scale, all 2 octaves
(based on High School District Band requirements)
  • Rudiments: all 26 Standard Rudiments
  • Mallets: all 12 Major scales, chromatic scale
(percussionists need to prepare BOTH etudes)
Piano (workshop and chamber)
 Prepare any piece written before 1930 (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or early 20th Century)

Prepare all scales, arpeggios, etc. previously studied

Prepare any piece written before 1930 (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or early 20th Century)

Prepare all scales, arpeggios, etc. previously studied

 none
Jazz Ensembles
(saxes, trombones, trumpets)
  • Prepare all scales as listed for your instrument above
  • Prepare the required etude.
  • Be prepared to demonstrate a short improvisation.
  • Prepare all scales as listed for your instrument above
  • Prepare the required etude.
  • Be prepared to demonstrate a short improvisation.
Jazz Ensembles
(rhythm section)
  • Prepare all requirements for your instrument listed above.
  • Be able to demonstrate swing, latin, and rock styles
  • Be prepared to demonstrate a short improvisation.
  • Prepare all requirements for your instrument listed above.
  • Be able to demonstrate swing, latin, and rock styles
  • Be prepared to demonstrate a short improvisation.