PLACEMENT AUDITIONS

Many of our camps have a placement audition at check-in to determine ensemble and chair placement, and some camps also have a music theory survey to determine our level of theory experience. These auditions take place during Administrative Check-in before you go to the dorm.Once the camper completes these check-in activities we will build a class schedule to fit. You will receive a personalized schedule before your first class that will include your assignments and will give you the times and locations of all of your classes.

Campers should prepare the following for auditions:

If your camp is not listed below, then it does not require a Placement Audition.

Band Camp for Middle School

Two scales of your choice
Two solo excerpts, etudes or short pieces

  • One piece should be slower, lyrical
  • One piece should be faster and more technically demanding
  • (Percussionist should prepare a snare piece and a mallet piece)

Band Camp for Senior High

Two scales of your choice
Two solo excerpts, etudes or short pieces

  • One piece should be slower, lyrical
  • One piece should be faster and more technically demanding
  • (Percussionist should prepare a snare piece and a mallet piece)

Jazz Camps

WIND & BRASS INSTRUMENTS:

  • Two major scales of your choice
  • One piece of your choice

DRUMMERS:

  • Please be able to play a swing pattern

Piano, Guitar & BASS (Electric & Upright), :

  • Please be able to play a 12 bar blues pattern

String Orchestra

Two scales of your choice
One solo piece of your choice that best demonstrates your playing ability
You will also be asked to sight read during this audition.

Chamber Winds

You do not need to prepare anything for this audition. You will be provided with music to sight-read.

Guitar Workshop

You will be given short musical excerpts to play and you will have time prior to the audition to review.Do not be concerned about this audition or at the thought of having to sight read. It is a relaxed audition used to aid us in providing a personalized learning experience at camp.


A NOTE ABOUT ENSEMBLE PLACEMENT:
Once ensemble assignments have been made they will not be changed.  We are proud that our campers have the opportunity to play alongside other student musicians from throughout the 50 states and other countries. The students at our camps come from a variety of backgrounds and musical experiences, and therefore, the ensemble assignment and/or seating you receive at camp may not be what you are used to back home. This can be a shock to some campers who are used to always being placed at the top.

We encourage campers to prepare for the placement audition and then to trust the decisions of the FSU educators to place them in the appropriate ensemble. Our instructors want all campers to get the most out of their camp experience and we stand behind the decisions they make.  Changes will NOT be made to ensemble and/or seating assignments after they have been completed. Please be aware that coming late to or missing the regular camp check-in may effect your placement and/or seating assignment.