Wind audition requirements for CCYWB

Requirements for wind players auditioning for the City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB).

During an audition you will be expected to meet the following requirements:

Audition Piece

Perform a piece/study or extracts from more than one piece/study which present a coherent mixture of periods, style, mood and tempo. The pieces/studies should demonstrate a mastery of the complete range of your instrument, clear and accurate articulation, a variety of dynamics and a high standard of musicianship.

The pieces/studies should be of at least Grade 6 standard and the maximum total playing time should not exceed 6 minutes. Please bring a photocopy of your music or the piano accompaniment for the use of the audition staff. This will be returned to you at the end of the audition.

Please note that pieces will be performed without piano accompaniment.

Scales & Arpeggios

Play some scales and arpeggios (slurred, legato-tongued and staccato), which will be selected from the list below.

Flute | Db major, A major and Bb minor - 2 octaves | chromatic on A - 2 octaves

Oboe | Bb major, E major and B minor - 2 octaves | chromatic on Eb - 2 octaves

Clarinet | E major - 3 octaves | Ab major and B minor - 2 octaves | chromatic on C - 2 octaves

Bassoon | Bb major - 3 octaves | D major and E minor - 2 octaves | chromatic on C - 2 octaves

Saxophones | Bb major, E major and B minor - 2 octaves | chromatic on Eb - 2 octaves

Guide tempos for all instruments | Scales: crotchet = 92 | Arpeggios: dotted crotchet = 46

Sight reading

Play a prepared sight reading test of grade 5/6 standard.