Audition Materials for Saxophone

2023-2024, Version B

Note: Currently, Saxophones may only audition for Prelude Winds. For continued orchestral opportunities for Saxophones beyond Prelude Winds, please contact us.

SEMYO Orchestras

Prelude Winds is an ensemble for students who play an instrument in band with 1-2 years playing experience. Participants will learn proper instrument technique, how to play together as an ensemble, and how to follow a conductor. Prelude Winds will also have opportunities to perform in an orchestral setting with SEMYO string players.

Philharmonic Orchestra is a full orchestra experience for students of all ages who play a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. String players typically need 3-4 years experience and percussion and wind players need 2 or more years playing experience.

Concert Orchestra is a full orchestra experience for advanced students on string, woodwind, brass, harp, and percussion instruments. Literature includes original masterworks for full symphony orchestra. Students will play music in all keys and utilize advanced bowing and string techniques.


  • Please record all the materials specified. Please count all rests accurately. Please do not record with metronome or accompaniment for any recordings.
  • Please ensure that the video files have the correct permissions for SEMYO conductors to view them.
  • Submit your recordings here:


  • In Concert Orchestra, you are expected to be as familiar with others’ parts as your own. Recordings are provided next to each excerpt so you can listen.
  • You are expected to know “how the music goes”. This includes tempo, style, and how the different parts fit together. The first rehearsal should not be the first time you’ve heard the piece.
  • When it’s not clear how your part fits into the greater whole, you should use the full score to understand. If you do not know how to look at the full score, I would be more than happy to teach you. You can view the scores here:

1. Excerpts

Record the following excerpt for Prelude Winds:

Excerpt for Alto, Tenor, and Bari Sax:“Spring” from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
Tempo: ♩ = 120

2. Scales

Record the following scale for Prelude Winds. Suggested tempo is ♩ = 120

For Alto, Tenor, and Bari Sax: