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Audition Requirements

2020-2021


 

Cawthra Park Music Department.

 

We are so excited that you are planning to audition for our program.  Given the current health recommendations in our province, our auditions this year will be virtual.  You will find all instructions and requirements below.  Once you have completed your online application and the application deadline closes, you will be sent an email with a link to a Google Form where you will put your pre-recorded audition material. 

 

In addition to your pre-recorded content, you will also be sent a link to have a live interview over Google Meet with one of our Music teachers.

 

If you have any questions about the instructions below please contact the Department Head, Andrew Jones at [email protected].

 


 

PART 1:
What does the virtual interview involve?


 

Musical Skills:
  • We will do some short ear training exercises (e.g., pitch matching, rhythmic clapping, etc.) as well
    as sight reading and a short exploration of music theory knowledge


Conversation:
  • We want to get to know you a bit!  At the end of the audition, we will have a short conversation
    about music and your desire to participate in the program. This is a chance for you to talk about
    why you love being involved in music and why you’d like to be able to do it every day at school


 

PART 2:
What is required for the Video Component?


Vocal
1. Sing the provided technical exercise (“vocalise”) found below
  • Sing the technical exercises supplied to the vowels ay, ee, ah, oh, and oo
2. Sing the provided lullaby (“Suo Gan”) found online
  • Use the provided MP3 accompaniment also found online
3. Sing one solo piece of your choice
  • The choice piece should be something you love to sing, in any genre, that demonstrates
    your current level of performance
• You may use recorded accompaniment, a karaoke track, or live accompaniment (do not sing
   along with a lead vocalist on a popular recording)
  • The piece should be under 3 minutes long
4. Optional: if you have experience/training on another instrument we’d love to hear it


 vocalise.pdf          vocal 2.pdf          Suo-Gan.mp3

 

Band Instruments: Any brass or woodwind instruments
* We recognize the challenges distance learning has caused with middle school band programs.  Some of you may not have played your instrument since grade 7, and that is ok.   If there are elements of the audition you don’t feel comfortable playing, don’t worry!  We want to see as much as you can do regardless of your school experience.


1. Play two contrasting scales (your choice)
  • For example Bb major, C chromatic or any other 2 scales
  • If possible, demonstrate both tongued and slurred, ascending and descending
2. Play the provided audition piece (specific to your instrument) found below
3. Play a short solo of your choice, any style, accompanied or not
4. Optional: if you have experience/training on another instrument or vocally, we’d love to hear it
    Show us your musical talent any way you can

 

Flute.pdf   Oboe.pdf   Clarinet.pdf   Bass Clarinet.pdf   Alto or Bari Sax.pdf

 

Tenor Sax.pdf   French Horn.pdf   Trumpet.pdf   Trombone.pdf   Tuba.pdf


 

 

Beginning Band:

Those looking to start learning on a brass or woodwind instrument
This is a unique stream for those with musical experience who have always wanted to be part of a concert band but have not had the chance.  If you are successful in the audition, your new wind instrument (brass or woodwind) will be determined in discussion with a Cawthra instrumental teacher at a later date in preparation for September.


1. Perform two contrasting selections of your own choice that showcases your musical talent and
    any background you have in musical study
  • The pieces may be played on piano, guitar, voice or any other instrument
  • They may be from any genre, but we do like to see contrast and/or variation
2. Tell us what instrument you might like to play and why
3. Optional: if you have experience/training on another instrument or vocally, we’d love to hear it
    Show us your musical talent any way you can

 

Percussion:
1. Play the following snare drum rudiments: roll, flam, paradiddle
2. Play the provided snare drum study (“Little March”) found below
3. Play the following drum set patterns: rock, swing, bossa nova for at least 30 seconds each
4. Play a piece of your choice using some form of percussion
  • This could show other skills on snare, drum set, mallet percussion or piano, hand drums or world
     percussion
  • You may use accompaniment, but please do not play along to a recording with an existing drum
    part
5. Optional: if you have experience/training on another instrument or vocally, we’d love to hear it


 

Snare.pdf


 String Bass: (Bass Guitar and/or Upright/Double Bass)
1. Play the following scales 1 octave:
  • E+, G+
2. Play the provided bass audition piece found below
3. Play one solo piece of your choice:
  • The choice piece could be in any genre, that demonstrates your current level of performance
  • You may use accompaniment, but please do not play along to a recording with an existing bass
    part
  • The piece should be under 3 minutes long
4. Optional: if you have experience/training on another instrument or vocally, we’d love to hear it


 

Bass.pdf

Acoustic Guitar:
Grade 2 Royal Conservatory level or equivalent is highly recommended.
1. Play the provided technique sheet found below
2. Play the provided guitar audition piece (and attached jazz chords) found below
3. Play one solo piece of your choice:
  • The choice piece could be in any genre, that demonstrates your current level of skill
  • You may use accompaniment, but please do not play along to a recording with an existing guitar
    part
  • The piece should be under 3 minutes long
4. Optional: if you have experience/training on another instrument or vocally, we’d love to hear it


 

Guitar.pdf          Guitar 2.pdf


 

Piano:
Grade 7 Royal Conservatory level or above is highly recommended.
1. Play required technique from present Royal Conservatory grade 7 level or above
  • Choose 2 Scales, 2 chords, 2 arpeggios from your grade
2. Play 2 contrasting solo pieces of your choice
  • Royal Conservatory grade 7 level or above
  • Ensure one is lyrical and one is technical
  • Ideally from different eras
3. Optional: if you have experience/training on another instrument or vocally, we’d love to hear it

 

​Learn More about the Music Department:


 

Music Presentation 2020.pptx

 

 

Music Presentation 2020.pdf


 

(use this if you do not have Powerpoint)

 

 

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