Winter Festival Audition Information

THE WINTER FESTIVAL APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT ON NOVEMBER 8, 2013!

 

WOODWIND AUDITIONS

Audition material must be at least five (5) minutes in length, but not longer than ten (10) minutes. All candidates must complete the on-line application form and submit an audition recording (mp3 file). Candidates that want to be considered on an additional instrument (i.e. oboe and English horn) must include material played on both instruments. Those auditioning on piccolo should play the scales and solo on flute and the etude on piccolo.

The audition recording should contain the following components.

Scale requirements:
Four scales of your choice (two in a major sharp key signature and two in a major flat key signature). The scales may be the same ones that you are preparing for the All-State audition. Scales should be in an 8th note pattern (quarter note equals 88 on the metronome).

Repertoire requirements:
One solo composition of your choice and one etude from the following list (no exceptions). The solo composition may be an unaccompanied piece for your instrument, or a movement from any work for your instrument with piano. Accompaniment is encouraged if applicable to your solo selection, but not required.

  • Flute: Koehler-Opus 33 (Books 1 and 2), or Andersen-Opus 41 or Opus 37
  • Oboe: Ferling 48 Famous Studies or Barret A Complete Method for Oboe ("40 Progressive Melodies" section, pages 57-107)
  • Bassoon: Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies
  • Clarinet: C. Rose 40 Etudes or 32 Etudes
  • Bass Clarinet: C. Rose 40 Etudes or 32 Etudes; William Rhodes Advanced Studies.
  • Saxophone: 48 Etudes after Ferling with 12 Additional Studies by Mule 

 

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BRASS AUDITIONS

Audition material must be at least five (5) minutes in length, but not longer than ten (10) minutes. All candidates must complete the on-line application and submit an audition recording (mp3 file). Candidates that want to be considered on an additional instrument (i.e. tenor trombone and bass trombone) must include material played on both instruments. The recording should contain the following components.

Scale requirements:
Four scales of your choice (two in a major sharp key signature and two in a major flat key signature). The scales may be the same ones that you are preparing for the All-State audition. Scales should be in an 8th note pattern (quarter note equals 88 on the metronome).

Repertoire requirements:
One solo composition of your choice and one etude from the following list (no exceptions). The solo composition may be an unaccompanied piece for your instrument, or a movement from any work for your instrument with piano. Accompaniment is encouraged if applicable to your solo selection, but not required.

  • Trumpet: Voxman Selected Studies for Trumpet
  • Horn: Kopprasch 60 Studies (past page one) or the Mueller 34 Studies Op. 64
  • Trombone and Euphonium: Voxman Selected Studies for Trombone
  • Tuba: Blazhevich 70 Studies (volume 1)

 

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PERCUSSION AUDITIONS

Audition material must be at least five (5) minutes in length, but not longer than ten (10) minutes. All candidates must complete the on-lin application and submit an audition recording (mp3 file). the recording should include a demonstration of at least TWO of the following three areas. Strongest consideration will be given to those who demonstrate all three.

Snare Drum:
A concert or orchestral style solo or etude that includes rolls, flams and grace note figures performed with concert interpretations (multiple bounce). Recommended sources:

  • Mitchell Peters Intermediate Snare Drum Studies
  • Anthony J. Cirone Portraits in Rhythm

Keyboard Percussion:
A two mallet solo or etude on xylophone or marimba that demonstrates facility on the instrument and includes rolls. Recommended sources:

  • Morris Goldenberg Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone
  • Thomas McMillan Masterpieces for Marimba 

Timpani:
A solo or etude that includes a demonstration of rolls and has dynamic contrasts. Pieces with tuning changes are recommended. Recommended sources:

  • Saul Goodman Modern Method for Tympani
  • Mitchell Peters Fundamental Method for Timpani

 

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PREPARATION & HIGH QUALITY RECORDING

  • MP3 files are required. Please do not submit WAV files. Video recordings, CDs and cassette tapes will not be accepted.
  • The Glenn Korff School of Music faculty are listening for four primary elements: sound, rhythm, intonation, and musicality.
  • Practice with a metronome when preparing the music for the audition. The faculty want to hear musical playing, but they also value a solid fundamental approach to your playing. Listen carefully to intonation when recording your scales.
  • Prepare your audition music and scales well in advance of your final recording session.
  • We suggest that you record your practice sessions so that you have a good idea of your playing before you make the audition recording. This will also help you to practice using the recording equipment for optimal effect.
  • The quality of your recording is crucial. You should set up the mic(s) 6 to 10 feet away, and 6 to 8 feet off the ground. Adjust the input up to the red zone, but not over. If using a laptop and appropriate software (i.e. GarageBand or the cross platform application Audacity), the use of an auxiliary mic (USB or Firewire) is recommended in lieu of the built-in mic on the computer.
  • Listen to your recording before you send it to us. Please make sure your MP3 file will play on a computer.
  • When recording, clearly state your name, instrument and high school BEFORE you begin playing.
  • DO NOT NAME THE FILE WITH YOUR SCHOOL'S NAME! Your audition recording file name must be your INSTRUMENT and YOUR name (i.e. trumpet_Sample-John.mp3) otherwise we'll never be able to differentiate what recording belongs to which application.

The Winter Festival application process is on-line only!

We are using an application software run by Slide Room (see the instructions below.) Please read the application instructions before beginning the application process. USE THE STUDENT'S NAME & EMAIL ADDRESS WHEN CREATING AN APPLICATION ACCOUNT. There is a $5 non-refundable submission fee. 

NOTE: WE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT PAPER APPLICATIONS OR AUDITION MATERIAL RECORDED ON CD OR TAPE.

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors in good standing are eligible to audition for the Winter Festival.

All candidates must start an application form AND upload a high quality audition recording by midnight on November 8, 2013. Applications started before the deadline may be completed prior to midnight on November 12, 2013. Applications may not be started after November 8, 2013.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to complete the application process. Reminders to complete the process will not be sent.

Download a file containing the Winter Festival application instructions (PDF file).

    NOTE: Applications submitted using ANY previous year's paper forms will not be accepted. Call the Band Office at 402/472-2505 if you have trouble with the on-line application form.

    The Winter Festival application form is posted on an application web site run by the Slide Room company. It is a secure site designed to protect your personal information. It is NOT a division of the University of Nebraska. The submission fee is paid to Slide Room and will appear as such on your credit card statement.

    It is best if the PARENT assists the student to create a Slide Room account because emergency contact information and a credit card are required. It is extremely important to remember the password that you use to create your account so that the student can return to the form. The form is quite easy to use so feel free to log on and start an application. You can edit your answers, stop and come back later, add your recording at another time, until you click the submit button. 

    Fully supported browsers:
    Current version of Google Chrome
    Apple Safari and Mobile Safari 5.1 and higher
    Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 8 through 10
    Opera current version on Windows and OSX

    Supported browser: Mozilla Firefox current version

    NOTE: School computers may be set to block the use of Slide Room software. Check with your school IT staff before beginning the application process on a school computer.

    Do not wait until November 8 to start the application process as this will give you no time to solve any application or recording issues that may occur. We will NOT give deadline extensions.

    1. Go to the Slide Room web page located at https://unlmusic.slideroom.com/#/Login. Click on the help line on this page if you have any questions about Slide Room.
    2. Students should ask for their parent's assistance in creatin the student's account. Be sure to click the SIGN UP button on your first entry. You will be sent an e-mail with a link to activate your account. You can leave and return to the application form repeatedly until you have completed all questions and have uploaded your audition recording(s). Click the LOGIN button on return visits to the application site. Previous Slide Room users can skip the sign-up process and just login. Click the help line if you have forgotten your password.
    3. After you log in click on your name at the top of the screen. Choose Account Information. This is where the applicant (STUDENT) provides us with contact information. PLEASE use the student’s name and not the parent’s name or the band director’s name (we’ll ask for that information on a subsequent screen).  Remember to click the Save Changes button before exiting this screen.
    4. Click on the sentence Back to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music to return to the list of available programs where you will find the Winter Festival application forms. There are three different application forms for the Winter Festival: Winter Festival Brass 2014, Winter Festival Percussion 2014 and Winter Festival Woodwind 2014. Click on the appropriate Winter Festival listing for your instrument group.
    5. Answer all of the questions on each of the screens. Click on the Continue button to take you to each successive screen. You may have to scroll down to see all of the questions depending on the size of your monitor. 
    6. Upload your audition recording on the Media tab. We ask that file names start with your instrument and include your full name. Click the Add Media button to start the uploading process and follow the instructions on the screen. Remember that your audition recording file must be saved on the computer you are using when you begin the uploading process.
    7. The final step is payment of the $5 application fee. Credit or debit card information is required. Click the Submit tab and follow the instructions. The Slide Room site is secure. Your credit card will show a charge from Slide Room, not the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Note that you cannot return to the form once you complete all of the steps and hit the submit button.

    Call the Band Office at 402/472-2505 if you have any questions about the Winter Festival application process.

    Questions regarding Winter Festival music should be directed to the Wind and Percussion faculty.