Concert Band Auditions

Auditions for placement are ongoing.  If you missed our audition cycle before Spring Break, please contact one of the directors!

Sophomore, junior and senior students new to SAHS can access Smart Music Audition materials by joining the Smart Music Class “2020-2021 Band Auditions” using the code 4KMFW-DLLER.  If you are new student to the Stillwater Schools or and entering freshman who does not have access to Smart Music, please contact us and we can help get you access to these materials.

After auditions, students will be placed in auditioned ensembles and schedules will be changed through the SAHS counseling department. All audition results will be posted at on March 23, 2020.  Student’s who audition after that date will be placed immediately after their audition.

Audition Requirements

  1. Scales – All students will be asked to play four scales. Scales will include at least two major scales and two natural minor scales, from any of the twelve keys. A complete listing of Major and Natural minor scales have been provided in SMART MUSIC.  A minimum of one octave is required. Students wishing to play their scales more than one octave or expand into harmonic and melodic minor are strongly encouraged to do so.
  2. Prepared Solo – All students are expected to perform a solo of their choosing. It should not exceed three minutes in length and should demonstrate both musical and technical playing. Playing partial sections of a solo or etude is fine. Please, however, avoid playing excerpts from band music or a part from some other ensemble if possible. Using Smart Music as an accompaniment is highly encouraged.
  3. Two excerpts from repertoire currently performed in the Stillwater Wind Symphony will also be required.  These excerpts will be posted on January 1, 2020.  They must be submitted online through Smart Music by March 4, 2020.  The required excerpts will be assigned to you in the SMART MUSIC SAHS Band Auditions 2020-2021 class.  Freshman auditioning for Concert Band are not required to submit these excerpts.
  4. Sight-reading – All students will be given a short excerpt of sight reading. The sight- reading excerpts will be taken from Smart Music sight reading exercises.