Audition Requirements

General Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in the School of the Performing Arts at Spruce Creek high School. Auditions for the 2023-2024 school year will begin in November. If you have already auditioned, be sure to check out our "Now What?" page for information on the next steps of the process.

Prior to your audition, you must complete the online audition application.

Please review the audition requirements for the performing arts area you are applying to. Please refrain from submitting any audition paperwork until the audition application is available. Any documents received before that time will not be accepted.

 

Band Audition Requirements

-Woodwind and Brass applicants:

 

  1. Scales: Applicants are expected to perform all 12 major scales, multiple octaves when appropriate, with arpeggios, and their chromatic scale, throughout the natural range of his/her instrument as per FBA All-State audition requirements. (It is highly suggested to play as many as you can)

  2. Two Etudes: Performing the Florida Bandmasters Association All-State Band audition music (lyrical and technical etudes) would be appropriate.

Those requirements can be found by clicking on the “All-State” tab at www.flmusiced.org/fba. Students should audition on the current

year’s All-State material for their current grade level. Performing the All- State music for your audition is preferable; however, applicants may choose to perform two contrasting FBA-approved solos or method book excerpts of their choice. Etude books or solos may be purchased from any sheet music vendor. Music from your band class is not deemed appropriate for this audition.

  1. One Sight Reading: You will be asked to play an excerpt lasting approximately 16 measures, according to your ability. You will be given 30 seconds to review the excerpt before you play it.​​

 

-Percussion applicants:

 

  1. Scales: Applicants are expected to perform all 12 major scales, multiple octaves when appropriate, with arpeggios, and their chromatic scale, on xylophone or marimba as per All-State audition requirements.

  2. Three Etudes: The student must prepare three selections of contrasting style to demonstrate the student’s ability on snare drum, xylophone or marimba, and timpani. The pieces should be selected using All-State requirements for their current grade level. Those requirements can be found by clicking on the “All State” tab at www.flmusiced.org/fba. Performing the All-State music for your audition is preferable; however, applicants may choose to perform three contrasting selections or movements of their choice. Timpani, xylophone, and snare drum will be provided. Percussionists shall provide their own mallets, drumsticks, etc. Etude books or solos may be purchased from any sheet music.

Orchestra Requirements

-Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass applicants:

  1. Two Scales: Prepare two major scales and arpeggios according to ability. The scales must be at least two octaves. At least one of the scales must require shifting.

  2. Two Solos: Prepare two pieces of contrasting style lasting approximately two minutes each. Classical music such as unaccompanied suites and partitas, sonatas, concertos, and most selections from the Suzuki books are acceptable. You may also play the Florida Orchestra Association’s All-State Orchestra Audition etude and excerpt. An accompanist is not needed for the audition.

  3. One Sight Reading: You will be asked to play an excerpt lasting approximately 8 measures, according to your ability. You will be given 15 seconds to review the excerpt before you play it.

 

Applicants may find solo string literature at local music stores or through online vendors, such as sharmusic.com or lucksmusic.com. Additionally, free music that is in the public domain can be found at imslp.org. Please call the DA front desk for further assistance.

Additional Contractual Agreements

 

All arts areas require fee contributions. The amount varies among arts areas and performance groups. (Fund-raising opportunities are provided for all students to earn the fair share.) Additional area-specific requirements that affect a student’s grade may be mandatory. Arts directors will provide more information at new-student orientation.

 

All students are required to take the core required courses in their arts area curriculum, as noted in the curriculum guide.