Orchestra

Audition Information for the Kilmer Orchestra

Contact: Elizabeth Fogel, Director | 703.846.8964

There are five different orchestra classes at Kilmer ranging from the beginning/remedial level to highly advanced. There is a place for everyone, regardless your experience! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the award-winning orchestras at Kilmer Middle School. 

Audition Material

Due to the school closing for the rest of the year, auditions for the Kilmer Middle School Orchestra program will be done online.

This is a “no stress” audition. It is a means to place students into the orchestra class that will help them grow the most. Placement is based on playing level and all students are eligible for all ensembles. Remember: all students will be accepted into the Kilmer Orchestra program – there is a place for everyone!

Beginners, those who wish to change instruments, or those who wish to be placed in PREPARATORY ORCHESTRA for any reason do not need to audition!

Auditions Requirements

SCALES:

  • Intermediate Level – prepare one scale from the following: C, G, or D major (1 octave).
  • Advanced Level – prepare one major (C, G, D, A, or F Major) AND one melodic minor (A, E, B, D, or G Melodic Minor). Scales should be at least 2 octaves.

SOLO PIECE:

Prepare a piece of music that demonstrates your highest ability level. Talk to your strings teacher/private teacher for suggestions. This can be a section of a piece of music you are currently playing in your class, or a section from a solo piece you are working on outside of school (if you are taking private lessons.)

Audition Instructions

 

  1. Prepare your audition material to the best of your ability.
  2. Create 2 videos:
    1. Video #1 should be a recording of your scale.
    2. Video #2 should be a recording of your prepared piece.
  3. Log on to FCPS Google Apps with your student ID and password. Click here to be connected to FCPS Google Apps page: http://www.fcpsschools.net/
  4. Complete the Kilmer Orchestra Virtual Audition Form, once you have logged in, and upload your videos at this link: https://forms.gle/9aANt4M1za4BKmfb8
  5. 5. Be sure your videos are attached to the form before you submit!

Audition form and video submissions are due by Thursday, April 30th.

Orchestra Class Descriptions

Preparatory Orchestra

Indicated on schedule as “Beginning Orchestra”. This class will be mostly students with one or two years’ experience that require some remedial work to improve their overall playing. In addition, students with no prior experience, or those wishing to play a new instrument may be placed in this class. Students in this class will focus on learning/refining basic skills such as correct posture (instrument and bow); producing a clear and solid tone; understanding basic keys such as D, G and C major and how to play these finger patterns in tune; learning/refining knowledge of basic rhythm patterns and how to perform them accurately. This ensemble will perform in three concerts throughout the year: Winter (evening), Spring Trip (day trip) and Spring Concert (evening). Preparatory Orchestra will combine with String Ensemble after the Winter Concert.

String Ensemble

Indicated on schedule as “String Ensemble” is an intermediate level class. This class requires prior strings experience. Students in this class will start the year reviewing correct posture, basic keys (D, G, C Major) and rhythms. Once these skills have been reinforced, the String Ensemble class will move forward with new keys (F major, and minor keys) that introduce new and more challenging finger patterns. In addition, we will explore new rhythms and orchestral techniques throughout the year. Students will learn to tune their instruments (if they have not already done so) and near the end of the school year will learn more advanced techniques such as vibrato and shifting. This ensemble will perform in five concerts throughout the year: Winter (evening), Pre-Assessment (evening), Orchestra Assessment (weekend), Spring Trip (day trip), and Spring Concert (evening).

Concert Orchestra

Indicated on schedule as “Intermediate Orchestra” is an intermediate level class. This class requires prior strings experience. We will begin the year reinforcing basic one-octave finger patterns of D, G, C, and F major, as well as some minor keys, by introducing more challenging music. Students will learn to tune themselves (if they haven’t done so already) at the start of the school year. Around mid-year, we will move our focus to more advanced techniques such as two-octave scales, vibrato and shifting to higher positions. This ensemble will perform in five concerts throughout the year: Winter (evening), Pre-Assessment (evening), Orchestra Assessment (weekend), Spring Trip (day trip), and Spring Concert (evening).

Chamber Orchestra

Indicated on schedule as “Advanced Orchestra” is an advanced level class. This class requires prior strings experience. Knowledge of basic keys (one octave): C, G, D, A, and F major, as well as D and A minor, is expected. Students in this class will start the year with learning/reinforcement of shifting to higher positions and will learn the second octaves of the scales listed above. Students in this class should be familiar with and able to do vibrato. This class will perform challenging music that incorporates difficult rhythms and advanced techniques. Students in this class are highly encouraged to take private lessons outside of school. This ensemble will perform in five concerts throughout the year: Winter (evening), Pre-Assessment (evening), Orchestra Assessment (weekend), Spring Trip (day trip), and Spring Concert (evening).

Symphonic Orchestra

Indicated on schedule as “Advanced Orchestra” is an advanced level class. This class requires prior strings experience. This is the highest performance level at Kilmer MS. Students in this class are expected to take private lessons outside of school (list of local private teachers is available upon request). Knowledge of all major and minor keys up to 3 sharp/3 flats is expected (at least two octaves). Students should have a firm grasp of higher positions/shifting and vibrato. This ensemble will perform high school level music and requires a great deal of outside practice. Students in this class will be expected to audition for the District 12 Honors Orchestra (information will be sent home in spring 2017). This ensemble will perform in many concerts throughout the year: Winter (evening), Winter (in-school performance), Pre-Assessment (evening), Orchestra Assessment (weekend), Curriculum Night (Feb. evening), Spring Trip (day trip), and Spring Concert (evening).