All students will be assessed based on their performance of:

  • Prepared Solo
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Selected Scales (For Winds/Brass Only)

More detailed information of guidelines/general audition can be found on our Audition Information page.

*Conductors will determine orchestra placement and seating for the mutual benefit of the musicians and the orchestras.

Please click on the PLUS (+) below to see the requirements.

Grades in School:
Strings: 11 – 12th Grade
(10th grade can audition for PHIL, ONLY IF you were in Chamber Ensemble in previous season)
Winds/Brass/Percussion: 10 – 12th Grade

Minimum Solo Level (MMEA grade level or ASTADC):
Difficulty grade level 6 and higher
*Trumpets solo level can be level 5 and higher

Musicians will be required to play a 3-5 minute excerpt from a solo of their choice. You are encouraged to choose a section or two that displays your musical and technical fluency. Solos must be played without piano accompaniment. Memorization of solos and excerpts is not required.

Download the Orchestral Excerpts Here.
*Some excerpts may be multiple pages.

To be considered for MULTIPLE ensembles, you must prepare ALL excerpts required for the older ensemble plus ONE excerpt (of musician’s choice) from the younger ensemble’s required excerpts.

NO SCALES will be needed for Philharmonic STRINGS audition

  • You must record BOTH Chromatic and the two major scales
  • Tempo articulation, and style of the scale should reflect the ability of the musician. (Please refer to musician’s private teacher for advice)
  • All scales are to be played ascending and descending.

Chromatic Scale: Please play your FULL RANGE CHROMATIC and both scales listed for your instrument:

Flute: 3-Octave B Major / 2-Octave Ab Major
Oboe: 2-Octave B Major / 2-Octave E Major
Clarinet: 3-Octave E Major / 2-Octave Db Major
Bassoon: 2-Octave E Major / 2-Octave Db Major

French Horn: 2-Octave A Major / 1-Octave Gb Major
Trumpet: 2-Octave Bb Major / 1-Octave Eb Major
Trombone: 2-Octave Db Major / 2-Octave E Major
Tuba: 2-Octave Db Major / 2-Octave E Major

Percussion: Musician will need to prepare a solo or etude for snare drum, mallets or timpani (Goldenberg, Podemski, Cirone, Delecluse, Firth, Peters, Schinstine, Whaley, Houliff, Wessels, Aleo, or equivalent) and the orchestral excerpts for the other two instruments (I.E. a mallet SOLO plus snare drum and timpani EXCERPTS).  The student should be prepared to sight read on all three instruments as well as to demonstrate timpani tuning and basic snare drum rudiments (long concert roll, 5, 7 and 9 stroke rolls, flams, flam taps, flam accents, paraddidles and double paradiddles).

Harps: Musicians will need to enroll in to Harp Ensemble (Part of the Small Ensemble).
– Please prepare a solo that best represent your playing level/skills. If you are also interested in performing with the orchestras, you should also prepare an orchestral excerpt that reflects upon current ability.