High School Band and Orchestra Auditions

AMIS High School
Honor Band and Orchestra Auditions

AMIS International Honor Band and Orchestra Festival
Seoul Foreign School
14-18 March 2018
Darrell Roddick, Host Organizer

Dr. Travis J. Cross, Band Guest Conductor
Peter Stark, Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor
Howard Williams, Chamber String Ensemble Conductor

It is crucial that you use only this year’s materials, downloaded from this site, labeled Set 4

  • Each school is entitled to submit a maximum of six candidates for each instrument.
  • The audition listening committee will assign wind and percussion players to either the Honor Band or the Honor Symphony Orchestra.
  • String players will be assigned to either the Symphony Orchestra or the Chamber String Ensemble.
  • While every effort will be made not to require directors to prepare multiple repertoires with their students, in many cases this will be unavoidable.
  • The auditions for this year are Set 4. Excerpts are from standard repertoire, identified by name and composer. Students are encouraged to listen to recordings of the works to aid audition preparation.
  • There should be no speaking of any kind on any of the recordings.

The audition listening process is both blind and anonymous. Adjudicators are unaware of either the identity or the source of a particular sound file, and are therefore unable to provide feedback on specific performances.

 Who Can Audition?

  • AMIS Festivals support the music programs in schools whose primary purpose is to serve expatriate children in various world locales. Applications are not accepted from students whose schools are outside of this international school community.
  • Band and Orchestra members in grades 9 through 12 are invited to audition for this festival.
  • This ensemble is worldwide in membership. All schools regardless of geographic location are eligible to submit auditions, provided they meet the above definition of an “international school”.
  • Applicants must submit their auditions through a music teacher from their school, and must be active members of their school band or orchestra if one is included in the school program. Any exceptions to the above must have approval from the Executive Director in order to audition.
  • The music teacher is responsible for preparing successful candidates.

High School String Auditions – Set 4

High School Band Auditions – Set 4

 Helpful Guidelines for Recording Your Auditions

  • The Room: Choose a room far from street noise that is not too live. An echo camouflages articulation and nuance. Record auditions in a room with acoustics as dry as possible. Above all, do not add artificial reverberation. Please ensure there are no background noises from fans, air conditioners, computers, etc, that may detract from the instrument’s sound.
  • Recording Equipment: Set the level during a trial recording. Do not change the level during the recording. If your recorder adjusts volume automatically while the student is playing, use an alternative machine.
  • Metronome: Lower-pitched metronomes are easier to record. The metronome tone should be the same throughout the audition. Please switch off any multi pitch function (bell, click) so that each click sounds the same. Listen to make sure that the metronome is clearly audible. Follow the instructions on the audition music concerning starting and stopping the metronome. Metronome markings must be followed.

 Audition Submission Guidelines

  • Each school is entitled submit a maximum of six candidates on any particular instrument.
  • Auditions for this festival will be submitted digitally by uploading files to the AMIS website.
  • Format: Only sound files in mp3 format should be submitted. In most cases, other formats will not upload. If you are having uploading problems, this is the first thing for you to troubleshoot.
  • Submit Separate Files: Record each item for each student as a separate mp3 file: 1 file for each scale, 1 file for the excerpt. File Names (Saving Files): Each file of the audition should be clearly labelled as Scale 1, Scale 2, Scale 3, and Excerpt, followed by the student’s name.
    Example: Scale 1 Joe Bloggs
    Use letters and numbers only—no accents or symbols. The upload page provides you with an opportunity to listen to each file. This is an essential step in your submission process. Pay attention to the quality of the finished recording for audio level and the balance with the metronome. Check to make sure there aren’t long periods of silence at any point in the sound file.
  • Each scale/excerpt must be recorded in one complete take. Splicing, cutting, pasting, or any evidence of editing will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Screen Your Auditions: If the standard of the audition is obviously not sufficient for an advanced band or orchestra, do not submit the recording.
  • Accessing the Online Data Base: In order to upload your entries, you will need your school code and password. Your entries will be uploaded on the online registration part of the AMIS website, using the step-by-step instructions. If you require assistance with your school code and password, contact the Chief Operating Officer.
  • Confirm: The upload page has a feature that allows you to listen to your recordings in playback. This is an essential step in the process; directors should review each audition after uploading.
  • Deadline: Submissions must be uploaded by 16 October, 2017. Late auditions will not be considered.

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