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Fall Auditions for the Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra 2017 Р2018 season will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017. 
*Scheduling for August auditions will begin on July 1, 2017.

The Preparatory Wind Orchestra is open to advanced middle through high school age musicians in all woodwinds, brass and percussion. This is the premiere wind ensemble in the Peabody Preparatory program, concentrating on collegiate wind ensemble repertoire in a high-level learning and performing environment. Rehearsals are typically on Saturdays from 4:15 – 6:00 pm at the Baltimore main campus. Two to three full-length concerts are given each year, including performances with faculty and guest artists as well as accompanying the winner of the Wind Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Membership is open by audition only and previous  ensemble experience is preferred.  Everyone is welcome to audition for the orchestra regardless of whether or not the student studies privately in the Preparatory.  (Only students who study privately in the Peabody preparatory are eligible to participate in the Preparatory recitals and competitions, including the Concerto Competition.)

Please call the Baltimore main campus Preparatory Office to schedule an appointment at 667-208-6640.  Members of the 2016 Р2017 Preparatory Wind Orchestra must also schedule an audition if planning to return for the 2017 Р2018 season. Qualified students who are accepted into the orchestra may be eligible for scholarship assistance.

Fall 2017 Repertoire

Antonio Capuzzi: Andante and Rondo from Concerto for Double Bass, Keith Fleming- Tuba
Scott Joplin: Overture to Treemonisha
Richard Wagner: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
Ralph Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite
James Reese Europe: Castle Walk

Audition Requirements

  • All orchestral auditions should be taken solo, without piano accompaniment.
  • Performance of a solo piece (Grade IV, V or VI ‚Äď MBDA scale) that includes both a technical and lyrical passages or a piece from the Preparatory Intermediate or Advanced Certificate Program level of repertoire (memorization not required)
  • Selected scales including chromatic,harmonic minor and major scales through all keys, range appropriate for the instrument.


Snare Drum (required)

  1. Demonstrate the following:
    • Long Concert Roll (from pianissimo to fortissimo and back to pianissimo)
    • Paradiddles (alternated series)
    • Flams (alternated series)
    • Ruffs (drags)
    • Flam taps
    • Flam accents
  2. Solo – at least 32 measures in length.
    Solo must include rolls and dynamic contrasts. Suitable solos can be chosen from Intermediate Snare Drum Studies (Mitchell Peters), Portraits in Rhythm (Anthony Cirone), or any of the Jacques Delecluse books of snare drum etudes.

You must also choose at least one of the following:

Mallet instrument (xylo or marimba)

  1. Demonstrate the following major scales (two octaves). You must prepare all of them, however, you will only be asked to play two:
    • B-flat, E-flat, F, C, G, D
    • Chromatic Scale
  2. Solo at least 24 measures in length.
    Suitable solos can be chosen from Modern School For Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone(Goldenberg), Percussion Keyboard Technique (McMillan), or any other comparable mallet etude book.


  1. Tuning ‚Äď You must tune B-flat, E-flat, and F. You may use a pitch source.
  2. Long Concert Roll from pianissimo to fortissimo back to pianissimo on all three tuned drums.
  3. Solo at least 24 measures in length.
    Suitable solos may be chosen from Modern Method for Timpani (Saul Goodman) or any comparable method/etude book.

If you have questions about specific solos and if they are appropriate for use, please contact Elijah Wirth via email.