formal orchestraAuditions for CMS orchestras and ensembles are held once a year, usually in August/September for that academic year.  Students complete an application then audition times are assigned.  If auditions are conducted by video, instructions for the video auditions will be sent to applicants by email.  

ALL* Auditions 2021-2022 will be online by video submission.
Audition Submission Deadline:  August 30th. 

*YPOP auditions will be in-person

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String Ensemble Audition Requirements

String Orchestra Audition Requirements

YPCO Audition Requirements

YPSO Audition Requirements

YPOP Audition Requirements

Webster University High School Jazz Ensemble

 

Audition Requirements:

String Ensemble (average age 7-10 years)

Video submissions due August 30, 2021

Play all scales, without music, 1 octave, 2 eighth notes per bow, metronome marking 60=quarter note

Violin:

  • Major Scales: G,D,F
  • Melodic minor scales: a,d

Viola and Cello:

  • Major Scales: G,D,B-flat
  • Melodic minor scales: d, g

An unaccompanied solo of the student's choice that best demonstrates his/her ability. The solo does not need to be played from memory. If memorized, bring the solo music into the audition.

The following list indicates the median playing level generally reached by students in String Ensemble. There are other appropriate works not listed in this guide.

Violin:

  • Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 2-4
  • other collections include: Solos for Young ViolinistsorEssential Elements

Viola:

  • Suzuki Viola School, Volumes 1-2
  • other collections include: Solos for Young ViolistsorEssential Elements

Cello:

  • Suzuki Cello School, Volume2
  • other collections include: Solos for Young CellistsorEssential Element

String Orchestra (average age 9 - 14 years)

Video submissions due August 30, 2021

Violin/viola/cello: play all scales, without music, 2 octaves, 4 sixteenth notes per bow, metronome at 60= quarter note
Double basses: play all scales, without music, 2 octaves, 2 eighth notes per bow, metronome at 60= quarter note

Violin:

  • Major Scales: C, G,D,A, F, B-flat
  • Melodic minor scales: a,e, d, g

Viola/Cello/Double Bass:

  • Major Scales: C, G, D, F, B-flat
  • Melodic minor scales: a, e, d, g

An unaccompanied solo of the student's choice that best demonstrates his/her ability. The solo does not need to be played from memory. If memorized, bring the solo music into the audition.

The following listindicates the median playing level generally reached by students in String Orchestra. There are other appropriate works not listed in this guide.

Violin:

  • Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 4-6
  • other collections include: Solos for Young Violinists, Vol. 2 or Solo Time for Strings

Viola:

  • Suzuki Viola School, Volume 3
  • other collections include: Solos for Young Violists, Vol. 2 or Solo Time for Strings

Cello:

  • Suzuki Cello School Volumes 3-4
  • other collections include: Solos for Young Cellists, Vol. 2 or Essential Elements

Double Bass:

AndersonSonatina or George Vance, Books 1 and 2


Young People's Concert Orchestra (YPCO)

Video submissions due August 30, 2021

Violin/viola/cello: play all scales, 3 octaves, 3 notes per bow, without music
Double basses: play all scales, 2 octaves, 3 notes per bow, without music
Winds/brass: play all scales, including chromatic, minimum 2 octaves/range of the instrument, following the rhythm pattern for Missouri All-State auditions (select MBA ASB Audition Material)

  • Major Scales: C, G, D, A, F, B-flat
  • Melodic minor scales: a, e, b, f-sharp, d, g, c

An unaccompanied solo of the student's choice that best demonstrates his/her ability.

The following list the minimum playing level generally reached by students in the Young People’s Concert and Symphonic Orchestras. This guide for applicants and their teachers indicates the orchestra’s range in technical level and repertoire. There are many other works not listed that are appropriate for auditioning.

Suggested Audition Repertoire – guide for YPCO & YPSO


Young People's Symphonic Orchestra (YPSO)

Video submissions due August 30, 2021

Violin/viola/cello: play all scales, 3 octaves, 3 notes per bow, without music
Double basses: play all scales, 3 octaves, 3 notes per bow, without music
Winds/brass: play all scales, including chromatic, minimum 2 octaves/range of the instrument, following the rhythm pattern for Missouri All-State auditions (select MBA ASB Audition Material)

  • Major Scales: C, G, D, A, E, F, B-flat, E-flat, A-flat
  • Melodic minor scales: a, e, b, f-sharp, c-sharp, d, g, c, f

An unaccompanied solo of the student's choice that best demonstrates his/her ability

The following list the minimum playing level generally reached by students in the Young People’s Concert and
Symphonic Orchestras. This guide for applicants and their teachers indicates the orchestra’s range in technical level
and repertoire. There are many other works not listed that are appropriate for auditioning. in this guide.
Suggested Audition Repertoire – guide for YPCO & YPSO

 


Young People's Orchestra - Percussion (YPOP)

YPOP Application

Be prepared to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios through 4 sharps and 4 flats including chromatic, minimum 2 octaves, following the rhythm for Missouri All-State auditions (select MBA ASB Audition Material)

On snare drum: closed roll (soft to loud to soft), double stroke roll (slow to fast to slow)

An unaccompanied solo of the student's choice that best demonstrates his/her ability.

The following is a list of suggested repertoire, however, you may play other appropriate material you have prepared.
Snare Drum: Any of the Cirone Portraits in Rhythm or Whaley Audition Etudes
Mallet/Keyboard: Any 2- or 4- mallet solo, including those on the MSHSAA Solo and Ensemble list.
Timpani: Saul Goodman Etudes and excerpts or Whaley Audition Etudes

Students will be selected based on musicality, technique, and competence within a concert percussion setting.

All accepted YPOP students will meet for 3 percussion-only rehearsals at the beginning of each semester on Thursdays from 4:15-6:15. They then will be assigned to one or both of the full orchestras, YPSO (Mon) or YPCO (Thurs).  YPOP students will have a total of 6 rehearsals and a concert with the full orchestra each semester
 Semester Summary
 3 YPOP only rehearsals
 6 YPCO or YPSO rehearsals
 1 dress rehearsal
 1 concert

Webster University High School Jazz Ensemble (HSJE)

HSJE Application

Prior experience in jazz is helpful but not mandatory

  • Students should play two pieces, a 12-bar blues and a standard from the jazz repertoire, or selections from their school jazz band materials.
  • The audition pieces should display technique, rhythmic agility, phrasing, and melodic sensitivity.
  • Suggested jazz works for the audition can be located in the jazz play-along books published by Hal Leonard, Aebersold, and Alfred.
  • A CD player, digital or live accompaniment will be included for the audition.
  • Drum set auditions include playing in the following styles: medium and fast swing, ballad, bossa nova, samba, jazz waltz, shuffle, and ½ time funk. Digital or live accompaniment will be included.
  • Students may audition on auxiliary percussion instruments
  • Piano, bass, guitar, and vibraphone auditions include playing written parts and reading chord symbols