Vocal Jazz Singers

Senior Orchestra Auditions

Senior Orchestra - open to students in grades 9-12.

District 8 Orchestra Rep - Sheila Felder - DeKalb High School - 815.754.2120

District 2 Orchestra Rep - Rosemary Ardner - Dunlap Public Schools - 309.243.7778


Orchestra is in District 2 for 2017-2018 - Nominations must be entered in the RNS under District 8. Please check and double check District 2 Audition Info and District 2 Orchestra Info for all deadlines, dates and information!  We will try to keep the District 8 Information up to date as well, but all String Auditions will be through District 2 in 2017.  

2017 Senior Orchestra Audition Materials (four parts)

1. District 8  Cycle 1

Cycle 1  - 2017

Cycle 2 - 2018

Cycle 3 - 2019

Cycle 4 - 2020

Russlan and Ludmilla Overture - Glinka - Kalmus A1484 or Luck's publisher.   

Brahms Academic Festival Overture

Prelude to Die Meistersinger - Wagner

Symphony #4 Finale - Tchaikovsky


2. Senior Scales Sheet - (C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, c, g (melodic minor) - 3 octaves, 2 for bass, Quarter note=120, detached bowing) 

3. Sight Reading

4.  2017 State Excerpts - Beethoven


2017 Senior Harp Audition

1. Excerpt:

2. Etude:
  • Scheherazade (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)
  • 2nd Mvt. - 8 before Q to 13 before R
  • Kalmus #A1914 - Lucks #06473
3. Sight reading




All Senior Violins will audition on the same excerpts from the required piece.  There are no separate Violin I and Violin II auditions. 

Audition excerpts are available as a PDF or by snail mail via Sheila Felder. Official LIMEA Bowed parts are also available if needed.  

All nominations will be done online through the RNS. (www.ilalldist.org)


District 2 & 8 Schools: Please note that you need to follow this procedure if your school is not listed under District 8:

A. Log in to www.ilalldist.org

B. Select District 8

C. Scroll to the end of the school listings and select "SCHOOL NOT FOUND"

D. Enter School Information. Please enter school name EXACTLY as it is listed under District 8.

E. District 2 President will automatically receive an email notification of a new school request.  After it is approved, the state office will be able to activate the listing if the school participation fee is paid.  

Five steps to the Senior Violin Audition

  1. Excerpt Sheets
    • This will include all of the important excerpts that combine sections from BOTH the Violin I and Violin II parts.  Up to 4 excerpts will be chosen for the audition in addition to the State Excertps.
  2. Adjudication
    • Students will be assigned an audition time. Students will play their scales and excerpts for a judge.  Depending on the number of students auditioning on each instrument, they may play both parts of the audition for one judge, or the students may have one judge listening to the scales and one listening to the excerpts.
    • Scales Score + Excerpts Score = Total Score
    • Judges enter scores live into the RNS and keep tally sheets. Final scores are verified at the end of the day.
  3. Placement into 1st & 2nd Seating
    • 1-8 (1st violin), 9-16 (2nd violin), 17-36 alternating by stand and section
    • Single School Representatives will be added to the end of the section after all the available seats have been filled within the ensemble.
    • Audition standards and scoring are aligned with the state standard for scoring.
  4. Music is labeled and mailed out to each school. Students prepare their parts. All students should learn solos, as chair placements are not revealed until the festival day and conductors may want to audition the solos.
  5. All-State Selection
    • Teachers select"VIOLIN" not "Violin I or Violin 2" on nominee form and the District 2/8 Orchestra Reps will designate 1st or 2nd violin on the form for those students selected for All-State.
    • Ranking does not correlate with seating in district, but it does correlate with whether or not the student is selected for All-State.  
    • The top ranked students in each section WILL be selected for All-State.
Senior Strings Audition Rubric - 70 points

Prepared Tone - 10 points

Prepared Intonation - 10 points

Prepared Technique - 10 points

Prepared Rhythm - 10 points

Prepared Musicianship - 10 points

Scale Skills - 10 points

Sight Reading - 10 points
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