After performing the scales, the audition will proceed to a short solo which you choose. Memorization is not required. This portion of the audition will last around two minutes, so be sure to play the part of the solo which puts your best foot forward. Solos may come from Suzuki books, etudes, concertos, solo repertoire, or any other source. Be sure to consult with your private music teacher or school music teacher for help selecting an appropriate solo. Practice, practice, practice!

For practice, play your solo for others and get feedback. Video record yourself and listen with a critical ear. Look at your posture, body language, and technique.

Before you begin, state the title, composer, and movement you will be performing. Play confidently and have fun! Everyone, including the judges, want you to play well. Remember you’ll be asked to submit a copy of your solo music.

Read the complete instructions for 2021-2022 auditions here.

Note: Percussionists should perform a 3-minute solo on either Snare Drum, Timpani, or Mallets, and (new this year) perform 8-bar Jazz, Rock, and Latin grooves with fills in bars 4 and 8 on drum set. Reference excerpts for more details.

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