Online Audition Information: Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE)

2020/2021 Ensembles:

  • Symphonic Winds
  • Wind Ensemble

2020/2021 Audition Dates:

  • Wednesday, June 10 @ 3:30pm-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 16 @ 3:30pm-7:30pm

Due to social distancing guidelines, our youth ensembles auditions for the 2020-2021 season will take place online using the Zoom platform. If you are interested in auditioning, but are not able to use Zoom, please contact Christine Eldridge at celdridge@riphil.org or 401-248-7012.


RIPYWE Audition Requirements

Note: Percussion audition requirements for both ensembles are listed at bottom of page


Wind Ensemble (Middle School and High School Students)

WOODWINDS & BRASS

SCALES

The following scales from memory for all instruments:

  • Chromatic – 8th notes, legato, 2 Octaves preferred – Concert F where possible
  • Concert Bb Major – quarter, 8th note pattern
  • Another major scale of your choice
SOLO or ETUDE

Solo or Etude selection of your choice, representative of the concert literature for your instrument

  • Include both legato and articulated passages
  • Include evidence of dynamic contrast and control
SIGHTREADING

Sightreading will not be included in online auditions. Students who are accepted into RIPYWE will be asked to sightread at their seating auditions in the fall.


Symphonic Winds (High School Students)

WOODWINDS & BRASS

SCALES

Be prepared to play all major scales – students could be asked to play in any key. Each scale should be played in 2 or 3 octaves, if possible. Students should present the scales with facility – at least as eighth-notes at a metronome mark of 100 BPM. See details regarding minimum range (requirements are transposed for each instrument):

  • Flutes – 3 octave C scale is preferred, 2 octave Bb scale is required
  • Oboes – 2 octave F scale is preferred, 2 octave E scale is required
  • Clarinets – 3 octave F scale is preferred, 3 octave E scale is required
  • Bassoons – 3 Octave F scale is preferred, 3 Octave E scale is required
  • Saxophones – 2 octave F# scale required, 2 octave F scale required
  • Horns – 2 octave A scale preferred, 2 octave G scale required
  • Trumpets – 2 octave Bb scale is preferred, 2 octave G scale is required
  • Trombones – 2 octave F scale preferred, 2 octave E scale required
  • Euphonium – 2 octave F scale preferred, 2 octave E scale required
  • Tuba – 2 octave C scale preferred, 2 octave Bb scale required

All instruments: Chromatic scale from the bottom of their range to the top, and returning down.

SOLO

Present a movement or two of a standard Concerto, Sonata, or other District/All- State level contest piece. If no solo is available at this time, comparable Etudes from an instrument specific method book may be substituted. Students will be able to present about 4 minutes of their prepared piece. Be sure to include contrasting materials – there should be music in both fast and slow tempos; displaying articulation and legato; navigating syncopations; displaying technical facility across the full range; with dynamics and instrumental control; etc. Feel free to create a plan of sections from a larger work in order to present your best capabilities in the limited timeframe; be careful to retain context.

SIGHTREADING

Sightreading will not be included in online auditions. Students who are accepted into RIPYWE will be asked to sightread at their seating auditions in the fall.


PERCUSSION REQUIREMENTS FOR SYMPHONIC WINDS AND WIND ENSEMBLE

For the online auditions, percussionists should prepare selections on snare drum. Students are encouraged to prepare selections on timpani and mallets if possible, but these instruments are optional for the audition.

SNARE DRUM

FF and pp drum rolls, as well as a single roll which begins pp, crescendos to FF and diminuendo to pp over 10 seconds.  As well, please prepare a solo selection which displays your best abilities – be sure to include a selection which demonstrates understanding of rudiments, and presents at least a moderately paced tempo.

TIMPANI (Optional for online auditions)

Present a selection which demonstrates rolls, 4 drum stick technique, and some minimum amount of tuning.

MALLETS (Optional for online auditions)

Students may demonstrate a 2 mallet technique, but 4 mallet technique is preferred for Symphonic Winds. Present a selection which demonstrates your best abilities. Include music in both slow and fast tempos. Symphonic Winds students must be prepared to play all major scales across complete range.

SIGHTREADING

Sightreading will not be included in online auditions. Students who are accepted into RIPYWE will be asked to sightread at their seating auditions in the fall.

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