Video auditions are accepted Friday, May 1 through Friday, June 5.
Where can I find audition instructions?
What is the deadline to submit a video audition?
Where can I find audition requirements?
What scales should the student perform?
What does 'Vocalizing exercises to demonstrate range for vocalists' mean?
An adult assisting with the video can play a chord progression while the student sings on a neutral syllable (nah, or nee-nay-nah-noh-noo) to demonstrate usable vocal range or sing with the voice specific tracks found below.
All students should perform the “Vocalizing Exercise for All Voices” and the specific exercise for their voice part.
Who can record the video?
What can I use to record the video?
How do I submit the audition video?
- Student Name
- School Name
- WSMA Account Number
- Audition Number (provided on the video audition instructions sent to parents)
- Link to audition video
How do I create a link to the video to submit?
WSMA has limited staff available to assist with technical difficulties. Please ask your IT department or other resources for assistance.
Does the prepared solo need to be accompanied?
Percussion auditions – Accompaniment is not needed.
Vocal auditions – Accompaniment is optional, but recommended. Live or recorded accompaniment is acceptable.
Where do I get the sight-reading music?
What about percussion? I don't have access to equipment.
Do you have tips for practicing percussion at home?
We understand that most percussionists have limited or no equipment available for home practice. With that in mind, here are some practice ideas that you may be able to use. Most of these assume that you at least have access to a pair of drumsticks. If you do not have sticks at home, you might be able to create your own sticks by using two half-inch wood dowels (or as close to half-inch as you can find) cut to a length of 15½ inches. As a last resort, you can practice by tapping your hands on your legs or any other surface.
Using a metronome, clap or speak the rhythms in the music. There are several free metronome apps available to download.
If no drum is available, use a practice pad.
If you do not have a practice pad, improvise one by placing a piece of rubber or a magazine on a hard surface such as a table top or counter top.
If you have a beginning percussion kit with a set of bells, use that.
Practicing on any keyboard instrument (such as a piano or electronic keyboard) will reinforce the note and scale patterns and rhythms. To simulate xylophone playing, use only one finger on each hand in order to practice appropriate stickings.
Build a “duct tape marimba” (or draw the bars if you don’t have tape).
Practice on any two drums or practice pads using the back ends of your drum sticks.
Practice on two pillows. This will also help improve your timpani technique by forcing you to pull the sticks off of the pillows, since there will not be any stick rebound. (Percussion tip: On all instruments, the player should strive to “pull the sound out of the instrument” rather than “pound it in” in order to produce the best possible tone quality.)