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Audition Materials

  1. Fill out the application completely.
  2. Register at Madison Street Music & Arts Academy
    • Registration will also be available at the first rehearsal of each semester. 
  3. Return the application at time of audition.
  4. Print audition repertoire - see below.
    1. Only choose one division
    2. Print both, excerpt and scale requirements. 
    3. Practice and prepare. 
  5. Please click here for complete descriptions of ensembles. By reviewing the descriptions, examining audition materials, and talking with your private instructor, you will know which ensemble matches your skills.
Prepare Materials:

  • Ask your teacher for help with your audition materials and orchestra music!
  • Use a metronome.
  • Practice slowly.
  • Concentrate on tone quality, intonation, dynamics and rhythm.
  • Practice sight-reading.
  • Practice auditioning and perform for various people such as family and friends.
  • The audition committee will be listening among other things for 
    • the correct notes and rhythms,
    • intonation, tone quality, and articulation, 
    • expression, musical style and consistency.


Music is a lifelong learning experience and perfection takes a lot of work and time. Try to relax before you audition. Focusing on your breath is a technique that helps many people calm their nerves. Visualize yourself playing with confidence. Nerves are natural, but remember the purpose of an audition is to show what you already know!

Students that are well prepared have the greatest chance of performing well!

Audition Materials: 

 
Overture Division:
 
Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello ExcerptCello Scales
Bass Excerpt Bass Scales
 
Overture students are not expected to sight-read at the time of audition. Mark your music with finger numbers or
note names before you practice. If you can, bring the music to your teacher and have her/him help you! 

 
Intermezzo Division:

Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello Excerpt Cello Scales
Bass ExcerptBass Scales
 
 
Eleganza Division for new students: 
 
Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello Excerpt Cello Scales
Bass ExcerptBass Scales
  
 
Eleganza Division for returning students: 
 
Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello ExcerptCello Scales
Bass ExcerptBass Scales
Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello Excerpt Cello Scales
Bass Excerpt Bass Scales 
 
Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello Excerpt Cello Scales
Bass Excerpt Bass Scales 
 
Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello Excerpt Cello Scales
Bass Excerpt Bass Scales 
 
Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello Excerpt Cello Scales
Bass Excerpt Bass Scales 
 
Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello Excerpt Cello Scales
Bass ExcerptBass Scales
 
Violin ExcerptViolin Scales
Viola ExcerptViola Scales
Cello Excerpt Cello Scales
Bass ExcerptBass Scales