The Music School of Delaware Audition & Placement Requirements 2020-2021
OrganizationThe Music School of Delaware · Wilmington · DE
Interested individuals should contact The Music School of Delaware Wilmington Branch at 302-762-1132 or the Milford Branch at 302-422-2043.
DELAWARE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – WILMINGTON BRANCH
An ensemble for students ages youth to 18, the DYSO is a supportive, motivational, and healthy musical ensemble led by Maestro Simeone Tartaglione. The DYSO experience provides opportunities including sectionals led by highly qualified coaches from the Music School and East Coast orchestras; professional guest conductors; and exclusive performance opportunities for members. Winds, brass and percussion players join the DYSO after marching band season in November. To participate, a student must participate in their school orchestra unless one does not exist or the student has been excused by their school orchestra director.
A blind placement audition is required. Students will be asked to play 2 scales in 2 keys of choice and will be asked to play both legato and staccato, and at fast and slow tempos. Additionally, one solo piece is required demonstrating contrasting styles (accompaniment and memorization are not required). Snare drum requirements include a concert (multiple-bounce) roll at all dynamics. Please play any prepared solo by Cirone, Delecluse, Pratt, Schinstine, Peters or similar. Mallets/Timpani students should demonstrate their ability through scales (mallets), tuning (timpani) and a prepared solo.
All students will be asked to sight read. If someone is interested in auditioning for this ensemble, their name and information should be written on the form in the Audition Sign Up Notebook.
WILMINGTON COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA – WILMINGTON BRANCH
This accomplished amateur ensemble for adult enthusiasts performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists include Music School faculty members, acclaimed guest artists and winners of the Music School's annual Delaware Concerto Competition for Young Musicians. The orchestra is currently looking for string players. A placement audition is required. At least one solo work and all scales should be prepared.
#HASHTAG JAZZ CHOIR - TEEN JAZZ CHOIR
Led by Marty Lassman, this is an ensemble for students grades 7-12. This Teen Jazz Choir sings choral arrangements of music in a variety of jazz and pop styles. There will be opportunities for solos. Students must have prior singing experience. This is a fun ensemble both in rehearsal and in performance.
DELAWARE WOMEN'S CHORUS – WILMINGTON BRANCH & CANTABILE WOMEN’S CHORUS – MILFORD BRANCH
Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, these ensembles are an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and perform a rich choral repertoire with a focus on choral and vocal technique, and develop your music literacy. A voice assessment is required.
SMALL WONDER JAZZ SINGERS – WILMINGTON BRANCH
Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a small choral setting! The ensemble requires prior singing experience, but not necessarily jazz experience. The choir sings pieces arranged by the best writers in the business and there are opportunities for everyone to solo if they wish. Sit in with the group for two rehearsals to experience the fun!