• Do you enjoy playing in your school band?

  • Do you want to extend your music skills further?

  • Apply for an audition to join us in 2020!

Applications are now open for our 2020 program. Please read on to find out more about the audition process and how you can join us in 2020. We currently have positions for most instruments across all ensembles. Please use the online form below to submit your application and our manager will be in touch with you.

Performance Standards

As a guide, the minimum performance levels expected are based on the following AMEB grades or their equivalents:

  • Primary Symphonic Wind Ensemble – AMEB 2+
  • Junior and Intermediate Symphonic Wind Ensembles – AMEB 4+
  • Senior Symphonic Wind Ensemble – AMEB 5+

It is not essential that you have taken these exams.

We are looking for talented musicians, some of whom may have never sat an exam.

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What’s in an Audition?

Audition Requirements

For your audition, you will be required to play the following:

  • One major and minor scale and arpeggio (student’s choice)
  • One solo piece, unaccompanied (student’s choice)
  • A short sight reading extract (unprepared)

For your audition, you will be required to play the following:

  • 1 piece of your choice
  • Rudiments eg paradiddles
  • Beat patterns: Rock, Latin, Swing
  • 1 sight reading piece

Tips for your Audition

  • Choose scales that show off your ability on your instrument. For example, 2 or 3 octave scale (depending on instrument and level).
  • Also some sharps or flats in the key signature show technical knowledge.

Remember that an audition is not an exam, it is an opportunity to show how good you are on your instrument

The beginning of your musical journey

We start each year placing musicians in ensembles based on their auditions, a standard technique in the music profession. This lets us focus on the musical abilities of every student.

Auditions make this assessment as objective as possible.

The musical development at NSSWE is not static. The audition is the start of a journey. What we offer is musical development and evolution through the year. All of our directors continuously assess the progress of the musicians in their ensembles. And so through the year, every musician progresses, learns, develops, and ends the year at a musical stage far in advance of where they started 12 months before.

This applies to every student, whether they have a formal AMEB grade or not, whether they have achieved high grade attainment, or whether they have been a section leader or not.

Every musician contributes to the balance and musical excellence of every chart they play.
Every section of every ensemble has leaders, part of any orchestral structure, but every player in the section contributes equally, to create a balanced, harmonious sound. That choice is a musical one made by the directors.

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