2021 ALL-WEST AUDITIONS

WTSBOA has decided to hold auditions for the All-West TN Honor Bands and Orchestras. There will be NO All-West or All-State Clinic this year. The organization is simply holding auditions to create a list of students to be recognized.

In a “normal” school year, this event is required as part of the Honors Varsity Band course. This year we have decided that it will be optional. We encourage all students to participate and gain the experience of the audition process, but it will not be required of everyone. We feel that it would be inappropriate to add another stressor to our students lives, especially considering the cancellation of the All-West and All-State Clinics.

Over the last few months, we have provided smart music resources and class time for students to prepare for these auditions. We will continue to provide instruction and resources to those students who want to participate in the audition process. Students that earn spots on the All-State list will still be recognized at a school board meeting in the spring.

We are awaiting specific instructions from WTSBOA, but auditions will be held virtually this year. Students will create audition videos at home and send them to Mr. Hagan and me. We will then upload these videos to an online platform to be judged. We will provide the due date for submissions once we have been given instructions from WTSBOA (for now, plan on submitting them no later than January 28th). Here is what we currently know:

  • Students will submit 2 videos (One for scales, one for prepared music)

  • Both videos must show the students and their instrument throughout the entire performance

  • Students should not wear clothing that identifies any school or organizational affiliation

  • There is NO sight reading

  • Scales – Students will perform a chromatic scale followed by all 12 Major Scales beginning on their written F major. This video must be no longer than 3 minutes and 30 seconds

  • Prepared Music – 9/10 Graders will perform the entire audition. 11/12 Graders will perform the specific excerpts to be released closer to the audition submission date.   

 

The google form linked below MUST be completed by Tuesday, January 19th. Any students who fail to register on time will not be allowed to audition.

https://forms.gle/Y1FhHFVTcvSmANLcA

There is NO COST for these auditions. The booster board voted in the summer to absorb the cost of All-West auditions. Please feel free to email me with further questions.

Matt Taylor

Band Director

Matthew.Taylor@gmsdk12.org

Houston High School | 9755 Wolf River Blvd, Germantown, TN 38139 | Phone: 901-756-2370 | Fax: 901-756-2377

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