Georgia All-State Orchestra Auditions

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The information in this post can be verified on the GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association) website.

Audition Date:  October 2013

**Be prepared to sight read.

Audition Etudes

Middle School Orchestra
VIOLIN
Wohlfahrt: Foundation Studies, Carl Fischer, Book 2, #13. QN=92
VIOLA
Wohlfahrt: Foundation Studies, transc. Merle J. Isaac & Ralph C. Lewis, Carl Fischer, Book 2, #39. QN=115
CELLO
Schroeder: 170 Foundation Studies, Carl Fischer, Volume 1, #31 Dotted QN=92
DOUBLE BASS
Rabbath: A New Technique, Alphones Leduc, Book 1, #1. QN=84
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9/10 Orchestra
VIOLIN
Mazas: Etudes Speciales, Galamian ed., International Music Co., Op. 36, Book 1, #2. QN=100
VIOLA
Wohlfahrt: Foundation Studies, transc. Merle J. Isaac & Ralph C. Lewis, Carl Fischer, Book 2, #38. QN=92
CELLO
Schroeder: 170 Foundation Studies, Carl Fischer, Volume 1, #60 QN=92, 8 notes per bow
DOUBLE BASS
Simandl: 30 Etudes, Carl Fischer, #2. QN=112
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11/12 Orchestra
VIOLIN
Mazas: Etudes Speciales, Galamian ed., International Music Co., Op. 36, Book 1, #18. Dotted QN =50
VIOLA
Mazas: Etudes Speciales, Pagels ed., International Music Co., Op. 36, Book 1, #18. Dotted QN=50 (play top [treble clef] at divisi)
CELLO
Schroeder: 170 Foundation Studies, Carl Fischer, Volume 1, #42 QN=92
DOUBLE BASS
Simandl: 30 Etudes, Carl Fischer, #17. QN=88



Audition Scales

ALL SCALES MUST BE PLAYED FROM MEMORY

Scales and Arpeggios for Middle School Orchestra: Student will be asked to play the following scales and arpeggios, separate bows (QN = 60):

VIOLIN G and A major, 3 octaves

VIOLA C and D major, 3 octaves

CELLO C and D major, 3 octaves

BASS F and G major, 2 octaves

Scales and Arpeggios for 9-10 High School Orchestra: Student will be asked to play the following scales, separate bows or slurred two notes per bow, and arpeggios with separate bows (QN = 60 or EN = 120 on slurred scales):

VIOLIN G and A major, 3 octaves
g and a melodic minor, 3 octaves

VIOLA C and D major, 3 octaves
c and d melodic minor, 3 octaves

CELLO C and D major, 3 octaves
c and d melodic minor, 3 octaves

BASS F and G major, 2 octave
f and g melodic minor, 2 octaves

Scales and arpeggios for 11-12 High School Orchestra: Student will be asked to play the following scales, separate bows or slurred two notes per bow, and arpeggios with separate bows (Quarter Note = 60 or Eighth Note = 120 on slurred scales):

VIOLIN Bb and C major, 3 octaves
g and a melodic minor, 3 octaves

VIOLA Eb and F major, 3 octaves
c and d melodic minor, 3 octaves

CELLO Eb and F major, 3 octaves
c and d melodic minor, 3 octaves

BASS Ab and Bb major, 2 octaves
f and g melodic minor, 2 octaves

 

 

 


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Step2
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Step3
Step #3 Screenshot

 

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