High School Festival

2018/19 HIGH SCHOOL BAND AND CHORUS FESTIVAL

Music Educators of Bergen County, Inc. announces auditions for the 2018/2019 Bergen County High School Chorus and Band. The Bergen County Chorus and Band have consistently displayed a high standard of musical excellence and have been an important annual event for many of the county’s outstanding student musicians.


Please find following the audition solo pieces for the 2018/2019 HS Festival:

Band Audition Solo

Second Suite in F for Military Band, G. Holst, ed. Colin Matthews, Boosey & Hawkes

First Part, all movements, for all instruments including:

Solo Bb Clarinet

Solo and 1stCornet (play solo part when divisi)

Eb Contrabass Clarinet – Please transpose Bb Bass Clarinet part

There are no auditions for Eb Soprano Clarinet

Percussion audition requirements TBA

Scales for Wind instruments TBA


Chorus Audition Requirements

Audition Procedures:

  1. All pitches will be given from a C-C pitch pipe.

  2. Diatonic Scales:        

Soprano I: F, A

Soprano II: D, G 

Alto I: A, E 

Alto II: *G, D 

Tenor I: E, G

Tenor II: D, F

Bass I: A, E-flat

Bass II: *G, D

Each vocalist will sing two scales on “AH”, ascending and descending, with a breath at the top. The two scales marked with an (*) are to be sung descending and ascending, with a breath at the bottom.

  1. Chromatic Scales: 

Soprano and Tenor begin on F

Alto and Bass begin on C

Each vocalist will sing an ascending and descending chromatic scale on “AH” encompassing an interval of a fifth, with a breath at the top.

  1. Solo: Each vocalist will sing, from memory, the solo (Sicut Locutus Est) for his/her vocal part. The student will be given the first note of the solo during the audition and will sing a capella.

  1. Tonal Memory: Each student will be asked to sing a four measure written melody, after having heard it twice. The student will sing the melody back on the syllable “Lah”. Each melody will begin and end on the tonic.


Please be aware of our attendance policy for students who successfully audition for the ensembles. No absences of any kind will be allowed for any reason. Any absence will result in immediate removal from the ensemble. Please be sure to check your schedule before applying to avoid uncomfortable and unnecessary situations. As usual, the Band and Chorus Auditions will be held separately.


Chorus Auditions will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Paramus High School. 

Please check the Director and Student Audition information for submission deadlines.

HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS STUDENT REQUIREMENTS-see above section

HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS SOLO FILES- ALL VOICES

CHORUS STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS- coming soon

CHORUS STUDENT APPLICATION- will go live in September

CHORUS DIRECTOR INSTRUCTIONS- coming soon

CHORUS DIRECTOR APPLICATION – will go live in September


Band Auditions will be on Tuesday, November 26, 2018 also at Paramus High School.

Please check the Director and Student Audition information for submission deadlines.

HIGH SCHOOL BAND REQUIREMENTS – see above

BAND STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS – coming soon

BAND STUDENT APPLICATION– will go live in September

BAND DIRECTOR INSTRUCTIONS – will go live in September

BAND DIRECTOR APPLICATION – will go live in September

PERCUSSION ETUDES:

(look at band requirements sheet for percussion etude cuts)

MULTI PERCUSSION- coming soon

TIMPANI- coming soon

MALLET PERCUSSION- coming soon



If you have any questions, you may contact:
Amy Wilcox (Band Auditions Chair) at 201-768-3200 ext. 24550 or wilcox@nvnet.org
Lynn Morneweck-Fuld (Choral Auditions Chair) at 201-762-2300, ext. 7248 or lmorneweck@mahwah.k12.nj.us
Evan Cooper (Festival Co-Coordinator) at 201-906-5217 or cooperesc@gmail.com
Please download information and forms as needed.