Winston Salem Flute Academy

All-County and All-District Audition Information

2015/2016 Middle School All-County/District Requirements

All County/District Solo (7-8th Grades) – Handel Bourree

See tips below

2015/2016 High School All-County Requirements

All-County Solo (9-12th Grades) – Bach Badinerie

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2015/2016 9-10th Grade All-District Requirements

All-County Solo (9-12th Grades) – Bach Badinerie

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2015/2016 11-12th Grade All-District Requirements

All-County Solo (9-12th Grades) – Bach Badinerie

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Tips for preparing a successful audition

Preparing

  • Practice every day.
  • Practice slowly and methodically. Don’t rush when learning a new piece – it takes time and sleep between practice sessions (meaning, multiple days) for your body to learn and remember anything new. Be patient!

Practice the same things in new ways. For example, turn

even eighth notes  into dotted-eighth sixteenths, sixteenth dotted-eights, or into triplets.
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OR practice the same notes backwards, for example

take  and turn it into
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  • Repeat, repeat, repeat the same sections again, again, again.
  • Practice performing. Play your solo and scales for as many people as you can find who will listen. It won’t hurt to sight read something for them, too.
  • The best way to prepare for the sight reading portion of the audition is to learn new music every day on your own. Write in the counts, count out loud, and talk yourself through note-names and fingerings. Your teacher can’t stand next to you in the audition and shout out counts for you as play! You must learn to do it by yourself. We recommend joining sightreadingfactory.com to provide you with as much music as you need to practice sight reading on your own.

The day of the audition

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dry-mouth in the audition room. Bringing a water bottle to the audition site will encourage you to drink more water.
  • Eat healthy food the day of the audition – your body will thank you.
  • Bring food to the audition site. You never know how long you’ll have to wait to play, and you don’t want to get shaky because you’re hungry.
  • Bring something to do, for example a book to read, homework, an iPod so you can listen to soothing music. If you end up having to wait for hours, it’s helpful to have a way to take your mind off the audition.

The audition

  • Don’t pay attention to how other students are playing the same solo differently than you. Chances are, there will be more than one person who is playing the solo and scales faster than you. Faster is not always better, which is why you should perform your music the way that you practiced it at home and with your teacher.
  • Stand squarely in front of the judges with your stand high enough that you can read the music, but low enough that they can see your face. Don’t forget to smile and say “Hi!” on the way in and “Thank you!” on the way out (unless it’s a screened audition!). This will show them that you are confident in yourself as a person and musician. If you are not confident, just pretending that you are will often fool even yourself into thinking that you are!
  • Take your time before starting your solo and each of your scales. Finger through the notes and establish a calm tempo before you begin.
  • Play with lots of air!
  • When the time comes to sight read, take as much time as they’ll give you to silently count all the rhythms and establish a tempo. With any left-over time, look at the key signature and scan the music for accidentals. Finger and note-name as much of the music as you have time for before they ask you to start.
  • Play with lots of air!
  • Everyone makes mistakes. If you make a mistake, don’t show it with your body language. Pretend like it never happened and everyone (including the judges) will be less likely to remember that the mistake even happened.
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