Audition Materials for Trombone, Euphonium, and Baritone

2024-2025, Version F

Note: Euphonium and Baritone may only audition for Prelude Winds at this time.

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. “Winter Winds” by Randall Standridge.
Tempo: ♩ = 132


Excerpt #2. “Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets by Gustav Holst (arr. Vernon Leidig)
Tempo: ♩ = 120
Note: Skip the rests at m. 1–11 and m. 26–41.


Excerpt #3. Finlandia by Jean Sibelius (View Recording)
Tempo: ♩ = 128. Play starting in the 2nd measure of “M”.


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. B-flat Major, 1 Octave. Suggested Tempo is ♩ = 72.


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


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