MHU Summer Music Camp Ensemble Placement Auditions
Auditions will be held 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.
Concert Bb, Eb, F, G, C scales
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.
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 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 Dr. Womack, 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.
Blue Jazz Band
The blue jazz band has students ranging in ability from beginner to intermediate players. This ensemble introduces and reinforces beginning jazz improv, style, and other important jazz concepts.
Gold Jazz Band
The gold 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.