Audition Materials for Horn

2024-2025, Version F

SEMYO Orchestras

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

Philharmonic Orchestra is a full orchestra experience for students who play a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. String players typically need 3-4 years experience and percussion and wind/brass players typically 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 may play music in any key and utilize advanced techniques.

For instructions and guidelines on submitting your audition video please visit https://www.semyo.org/experience/auditions/

1. Solo

  • If you are auditioning for Prelude Winds, you do not have to record a solo.
  • For Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert Orchestra, please record one solo between 1-2 minutes (up to 1 page) that best demonstrates your abilities. Solos need not be memorized.
  • Choose your selection with guidance from your private teacher or orchestra/band director. If you need a suggestion on which solo to prepare, please contact us at [email protected]!

2. Excerpts

For Prelude Winds, please record excerpt #1.

For Philharmonic Orchestra, please record excerpts #1 and #2.

For Concert Orchestra, please record excerpts #2 and #3.

Excerpt #1. “At Twilight” by Tyler S. Grant
Tempo: ♩ = 88


Excerpt #2. A Hectic Overture by John Lloyd
Tempo: ♩ = 140
Note: Skip the rests at m. 37–42 and at m. 49–51.


Excerpt #3. Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture. (View Recording)
♩ = 80.


3. Scales

For Prelude Winds, record scale #1.

For Philharmonic Orchestra, record scales #1 and #2.

For Concert Orchestra, record scales #2 and #3.

Scale #1. C Major, 1 Octave. Suggested Tempo is ♩ = 72.


Scale #2. Chromatic Scale, 1.5 Octaves. Tempo is ♩ = 120.


Scale #3. A Melodic Minor, 2 Octaves. Tempo is ♩ = 160.