Music

MHU Summer Music Camp Ensemble Placement Auditions

On Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., all campers will audition on their primary instrument for chair placement into the camp ensembles. These auditions will take place in the lower level of Moore Auditorium; specific room assignments will be posted throughout the building.

Campers will audition individually with one or more camp faculty members listening.

Audition

Concert Bb, Eb, F, G, C scales
Chromatic scale
All campers will be judged on Tone Quality and Sight Reading.

Campers who signed up to play saxophone, trombone, trumpet or rhythm section (drum set, guitar, bass, and piano) in the jazz ensembles will need to also add the following to their audition.

Jazz Auditions

Bb and Eb Blues Scales

**Percussionists will need to demonstrate their skill level on a drum set.  Performing a basic swing, rock, and latin rhythm.

We make every effort for these auditions to be as stress-free as possible.  The faculty will conduct the auditions in a relaxed and professional manner.  Their goal is for everyone to play to his or her full potential.  Try to relax and enjoy the experience.

Many fine musicians will be playing at these auditions.  Many of them will be “first chair” in their respective home ensembles. Because of this not everyone will be a “first chair” player here at the MHU Summer Music Camp.  Please know that your placement into the various ensembles and your specific seating in them was done to the very best of the auditioning faculty’s ability.  You should be able to grow as a musician no matter what ensemble you place into or where you sit.

The White Band

The white band is conducted by a regional music educator.  The band is compiled of rising 6-7th grade students.  In this ensemble students will prepare pieces that will teach and reinforce beginning to intermediate musical concepts that they will be able to apply to future group ensembles.

The Blue Band

The blue band is also conducted by a regional music educator.  In this ensemble students will prepare pieces that will teach and reinforce intermediate to advanced musical concepts that they will be able to apply to future group ensembles.

The Gold Band

The gold band is conducted by Mr. Andrew Shelton, director of the Mars Hill University Bands.  In this ensemble, students will prepare masterworks that will teach and reinforce intermediate to advanced musical concepts that they will be able to apply to future group ensembles.

Middle School Jazz I

The middle school jazz band I is lead by Mr. David Wortman, Northview Middle School band director.  The middle school jazz band I has students ranging in ability from beginner to intermediate players.  This ensemble introduces and reinforces beginning jazz improve, style, and other important jazz concepts.

Middle School Jazz II

The middle school jazz band is lead by Mr. Kevin Young, Asheville Middle School band director.  The middle school jazz band has students ranging in ability from intermediate to advanced middle school players.  This ensemble introduces and reinforces beginning jazz improve, style, and other important jazz concepts.

High School Jazz Band II

The high school jazz band II is lead by Mr. Andrew Shelton, North Buncombe High School band director.  The high school jazz band is compiled of beginning to intermediate jazz band students. This ensemble introduces and reinforces beginning to intermediate jazz improve, style, and other important jazz concepts.

High School Jazz Band I

The high school jazz band is lead by Jason Slaughter, professor of jazz and  music theory at Mars Hill University.  The high school jazz band is compiled of advanced jazz band students. This ensemble introduces and reinforces intermediate to advanced jazz improve, style, and other important jazz concepts.

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Mr. Andrew Shelton
Director of Bands
Office: 201 Moore Auditorium
Phone: (828) 689-1210
Email: ashelton@mhu.edu

Mars Hill Summer Music Camp
Attn: Andrew Shelton
100 Athletic Street
​Box 6693
Mars Hill, NC 28754