HOW TO BECOME A PMAY ARTIST

There are two ways to become a PMAY Artist. All students currently participating in one of the following programs should contact an administrator from that program to discuss membership: Settlement Music School, Musicopia String Orchestra, Philadelphia Sinfonia, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Play On, Philly!, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, The All-City Fellowship of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and The Primavera Fund.

Any student NOT currently participating in one of the above programs may request an audition. Please carefully review audition requirements below and use the "Sample Repertoire" for each grade and instrument to decide whether this program would be a good fit.


INSTRUMENTS:


VIOLIN

  • 4th Grade
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece
    • Sample repertoire: Suzuki Book 2; Whistler Introducing the Positions, Volume 1; Kuchler Concertino in D
    • Scale requirements: None
  • 5th Grade
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece
    • Sample repertoire: Suzuki Book 3; Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies Book 1; Rieding B minor, Seitz G major, Mvt. 3; Seitz D major, Mvt. 1 
    • Scale requirements: None
  • 6th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Suzuki Book 4; Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies Book 2; Vivaldi a minor, Mvts. 1 and 3; Fiocco Allegro
    • Scale requirements: All major scales up to two sharps and two flats (2 octaves)
  • 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Suzuki Book 4-5; Bach Concerto for Two Violins D minor; Vivaldi Concerto G minor; Rieding Op. 25; Sitt 20 Double Stop Etudes, op. 32 
    • Scale requirements: All major scales up to three sharps and three flats (2 octaves)
  • 8th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire:  Accolay Concerto in a minor, Vivaldi Concerto in G major , Vivaldi 4 Seasons, DeBeriot 9, Seitz Concerti 1, 2, 5
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (2 octaves)
  • 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Beethoven Romance; Haydn Concerto in C major; Mozart Concerto in D major; Kabalevsky Concerto
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (2 octaves)
  • 10th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Mendelssohn Concerto; Bruch Concerto; Wienawski D minor Concerto; Lalo Symphonie Espagnole; Mozart Concerto in G major
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (3 octaves)
  • 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Concerti by Tchaikovsky and Saint Saens; Mozart Concerto No. 5 in A major; Bruch Scottish Concerto
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (3 octaves)

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VIOLA

  • 4th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece
    • Sample repertoire: Suzuki 2; Hook Sonatina; Whistler Introduction to Positions, Volume 1
    • Scale requirements: None
  • 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece
    • Sample repertoire: Suzuki 3; Wohlfahrt book 1; Whistler Introduction to Double Stops
    • Scale requirements: None 
  • 6th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Suzuki 4; Wohlfahrt book 2
    • Scale requirements: All major scales up to two sharps and two flats (2 octaves)
  • 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Telemann Concerto in G; Vivaldi d minor; Sitt 20 Double Stop Etudes (selections)
    • Scale requirements: All major scales up to three sharps and three flats (2 octaves)
  • 8th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Hummel Fantasie; Bach G major Suite
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (2 octaves)
  • 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: JC Bach Concerto; Bloch Suite Hebraique
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (2 octaves)
  • 10th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Concerti by Hoffmeister and Stamitz
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (3 octaves)
  • 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Concerti by Walton and Hindemith;  Hindemith Der Schwanendreher
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (3 octaves)

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CELLO

  • 4th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece
    • Sample repertoire: Suzuki Book 2
    • Scale requirements: None
  • 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece 
    • Sample repertoire: Breval sonata, Book 3
    • Scale requirements: None
  • 6th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Saint Saens Allegro Appassionato; Squire Tarantella; Popper #1; Bach Arioso; Saint Saens, The Swan
    • Scale requirements: All major scales up to two sharps and two flats (2 octaves)
  • 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Goltermann Concerto No. 4 in G major; Bach G major suite; Faure Elegie; Popper #5; Popper #6; Popper #34; Vivaldi Concerto in G minor; Eccles Concerto in G minor
    • Scale requirements: All major scales up to three sharps and three flats (2 octaves)
  • 8th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Brahms Concerto in E minor;  Lalo Concerto in D minor; Haydn Concerto in C major
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (2 octaves)
  • 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Elgar Concerto in E minor; Boccherini Concerto in B-flat; Kabalevsky Concerto No. 1 in G minor
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (2 octaves)
  • 10th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (3 octaves)
  • 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Schumann Concerto in A minor; Dvorak Concerto in B minor
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (3 octaves)

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DOUBLE BASS

  • 4th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece 
    • Sample repertoire: Vance Progressive Repertoire Book 1 (1st half)
    • Scale requirements: None
  • 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece 
    • Sample repertoire: Vance Progressive Repertoire Book 1 (2nd half)
    • Scale requirements: None
  • 6th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Vance Progressive Repertoire Book 2 (1st half)
    • Scale requirements: All major scales up to two sharps and two flats (2 octaves)
  • 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Vance Progressive Repertoire Book 2 (2nd half)
    • Scale requirements: All major scales up to three sharps and three flats (2 octaves)
  • 8th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Vance Progressive Repertoire Book 3 (1st half)
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (2 octaves)
  • 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Vance Progressive Repertoire Book 3 (2nd half)
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (2 octaves)
  • 10th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Koussevitsky Concerto for Double Bass, Op. 3; Anderson 4 Short Pieces; Bach Cello Suites 1 and 3
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (3 octaves)
  • 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Bottesini Concerto No. 2 in B minor; Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40; Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor; Bach Suites 2, 4, and 5
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (3 octaves)

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BASSOON

  • 4th & 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 1 scale
    • Sample repertoire: Roy Johnson Saraband
    • Scale requirements: All five-note major scales
  • 6th & 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Gounod March of the Marionette
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (1 octave)
  • 8th & 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Hindemith Sonate, Mvt. 2
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (2 octaves)
  • 10th & 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Premier Solo - Eugene B
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales (2 octaves)

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CLARINET

  • 4th & 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 1 scale
    • Sample repertoire: Rubank Intermediate Method Book; Selected Studies (Voxman)
    • Scale requirements: All five-note major scales
  • 6th & 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Mozart Concerto, Mvt. 2; Weber Concertino; Schumann Fantasy Pieces
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (1 octave)
  • 8th & 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Rose Etudes; Mozart Concerto, Mvt. 1; Weber 1st Concerto
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor two-octave scales
  • 10th & 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Hindemith Sonata; Brahms Concerti Nos. 1 and 2; Weber Concerto No. 2
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor two-octave scales

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FLUTE

  • 4th & 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 1 scale
    • Sample repertoire: Handel Gavotte (edited by Louis Moyse)
    • Scale requirements: All five-note major scales
  • 6th & 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Joachim Andersen Scherzino, Op. 55 No. 6 (edited by H. Voxman)
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (1 octave)
  • 8th & 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Emile Pessard Andalouse, Op. 20 (edited by H. Voxman)
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor two-octave scales
  • 10th & 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: George Brun Romance, Op. 4 (edited by H. Voxman)
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor two-octave scales

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OBOE

  • 4th & 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 1 scale
    • Sample repertoire: Rubank Intermediate Method Book; Selected Studies (Voxman)
    • Scale requirements: All five-note major scales
  • 6th & 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Rubank Advanced Method; Barlow, The Winter’s Passed
    • Scale requirements: All major scales (1 octave)
  • 8th & 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Barret Oboe Method Melodic Studies 1-20; Telemann, Sonata in A minor
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor two-octave scales
  • 10th & 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Barret Oboe Method Melodic Studies 21-40; Marcello, Oboe Concerto in C minor; Cimarosa, Oboe Concerto in C minor
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor two-octave scales

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FRENCH HORN

  • 4th & 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, F major scale
    • Sample repertoire: Sigmund Hering Forty Progressive Etudes, 9-32; Saint Saens, Romance, Op. 36
    • Scale requirements: F major (B-flat concert pitch)
  • 6th & 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Richard Strauss Nocturne op. 7; Mozart Concerto No. 3, Mvt. 2; Sigmund Hering Forty Progressive Etudes 33-40; Sigmund Hering 32 Etudes
    • Scale requirements: Major scales in the keys of G major (C concert), A-flat major (D-flat concert), A major (D concert), B-flat major (E-flat concert), C major (F concert), D major (G concert), E-flat major (A-flat concert), F major (B-flat concert)
  • 8th & 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Mozart Concerto No. 3, Mvt. 1 or 3; Mozart Concerto No. 2, Mvt. 2; Mozart Concerto No. 4, Mvt. 2; Beethoven Sonata Op. 17
    • Scale requirements: All major scales
  • 10th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Mozart Concerto No. 2, Mvt. 1 or 3; Mozart Concerto No. 4, Mvt. 1 or 3; Bozza, En Foret; Strauss Concerto No. 1; Gliere Concerto; Hindemith Sonata
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales
  • 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Strauss Concerto No. 2; Dukas Villanelle
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales

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TRUMPET

  • 4th & 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, C major scale
    • Sample repertoire: Sigmund Hering Forty Progressive Etudes, 9-32; H.A. VanderCook Trumpet Stars; Sigmund Hering Trumpet Course Book 2
    • Scale requirements: C major (B-flat Concert Pitch)
  • 6th & 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Sigmund Hering Forty Progressive Etudes 33-40; Sigmund Hering 32 Etudes; Balay Petite Piece Concertante; G. Alary, Morceau de Concours
    • Scale requirements: Major scales in the keys of: G major (F concert), A major (G concert), B-flat major (A-flat concert), C major (B-flat concert), D major (C concert), 

      E-flat major (D-flat concert), E major (D concert), F major (E-flat concert)

  • 8th & 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Kennan Sonata, Mvt. 1; Senee Concertino
    • Scale requirements: All major scales
  • 10th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Haydn Concerto; Kennan Sonata, Mvt. 3; Arutunian Concerto; Neruda Concerto; Ropartz Andante and Allegro; Haydn Concerto; Goedicke Concert Etude
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales
  • 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Hummel Concerto; Hindemith Sonata
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales

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TROMBONE

  • 4th & 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, B-flat major scale
    • Sample repertoire: Sigmund Hering Forty Progressive Etudes, 9-32, H.A. VanderCook Trombone Gems
    • Scale requirements: B-flat major scale
  • 6th & 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Sigmund Hering Forty Progressive Etudes 33-40, Sigmund Hering 32 Etudes, Balay Petite Piece Concertante, Alary Morceau de Concours
    • Scale requirements: Major scales in the keys of F major, G major, A-flat major, B-flat major, C major, D-flat major, D major, E-flat major
  • 8th & 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Bordogni/Rochut Etude No. 5; Bordogni/Rochut Etude No. 13; Saint Saens Cavatine Op. 144
    • Scale requirements: All major scales
  • 10th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Bordogni/Rochut Etude No. 9; Clarke Southern Cross; Barat Andante and Allegro; Guilmant Morceau Symphonique
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales
  • 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: David Concerto; Marcello Sonata No. 5; Bordogni/Rochut Etude No. 44; Bordogni/Rochut Etude No. 55
    • Scale requirements:All major and minor scales

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TUBA

  • 4th & 5th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, B-flat major Scale
    • Sample repertoire: Essential Elements 2000
    • Scale requirements: B-flat major Scale
  • 6th & 7th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 1 solo piece, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: 6 Studies in English Folksong; Marco Bordogni 43 Bel Canto Studies for Tuba/Bass Trombone
    • Scale requirements: Major scales in the keys of F major, G major, A-flat major, B-flat major, C major, D-flat major, D major, E-flat major
  • 8th & 9th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Hadad Suite for Tuba; Capuzzi Andante and Rondo; Kopprasch 60 Studies; Arban Complete Method for Tuba; Snedecor Low Register Studies
    • Scale requirements: All major scales
  • 10th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Walter S. Hartley Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba; Vaughn Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba (Starting with either F or Eb Tuba)
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales
  • 11th Grade:
    • Audition requirements: 2 contrasting solo pieces, 2 scales
    • Sample repertoire: Penderecki Cappriccio for Solo Tuba
    • Scale requirements: All major and minor scales

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HARP

  • All Grades:
    • Audition requirements: Two contrasting selections. These pieces may contrast in dynamic, tempo, style, etc.

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PERCUSSION

  • 4th & 5th Grade:
    • Snare
      • 1 solo piece
      • Demonstration of buzz-roll (pp to ff)
  • 6th & 7th Grade:
    • Snare
      • 1 solo piece. Sample repertoire includes: Peters, Whaley, PMEA solo
      • Demonstration of buzz-roll (pp to ff)
      • Demonstration of open-roll
    • Mallets
      • 1 two-mallet solo piece. Sample Repertoire includes: Goldenberg, McMillian, Whaley, PMEA solo
      • 2 major scales
  • 8th & 9th Grade:
    • Snare
      • 1 solo piece. Sample repertoire includes: Cirone, Delecluse, Peters, Whaley, PMEA solo
      • Demonstration of buzz-roll (pp to ff)
      • Demonstration of open-roll
    • Mallets
      • 1 two-mallet solo piece. Sample repertoire includes: Sammut, Davila, Smadbeck, Peters, Zeltsman
      • 2 major scales (two octaves) and arpeggios
    • Timpani
      • 1 solo piece. Sample repertoire includes: Beck, Firth, Goodman, PMEA solo
  • 10th & 11th Grade:
    • Snare
      • 1 solo piece. Sample repertoire includes: Cirone, Delecluse, Peters, Whaley, PMEA solo
      • Demonstration of buzz-roll (pp to ff)
      • Demonstration of open-roll
      • Demonstration of select rudiments from the 40 International Drum Rudiments
    • Mallets
      • 1 four-mallet solo piece. Sample repertoire includes: Abe, Sammut, Davila, Smadbeck, Peters, Zeltsman
      • 2 major scales (two octaves) and arpeggios
    • Timpani
      • 1 solo piece. Sample repertoire includes: Carter, Beck, Firth

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