Ensemble Auditions

On the first Sunday at 12:30 P.M., all campers will audition on their primary instrument or on voice for placement into the camp ensembles. Some campers can choose to audition on a secondary instrument as well or to try out for one of the auditioned choral ensembles. These auditions will take place in Broyhill Music Center; specific room assignments will be announced at the 6 P.M. General Meeting on Saturday as well as being posted throughout the building.

Campers will audition individually with one or more camp faculty members listening. Suggested audition pieces and scale requirements for each instrument as well as some audition information specific to certain ensembles are linked below. Please prepare these pieces prior to coming to camp and bring your music with you to the audition, including a copy for the faculty.

We make every effort for these auditions to be as stress-free as possible. The faculty will conduct the auditions in a relaxed and professional manner. Their goal is for everyone to play or sing to his or her full potential. Try to relax and enjoy the experience.

Many fine musicians will be playing and singing at these auditions. Please know that your placement into the various ensembles and your specific seating in them was done to the very best of the auditioning faculty's ability. You should be able to grow as a musician no matter what ensemble you place into.

View our Ensemble Placement & Theory Guide.


Audition Literature

For instrumentalists, please visit the links below for specific information. Pieces that are used for All-District, All-Region, or All-State auditions or Solo and Ensemble festivals would be fine for CMC ensemble auditions. Also, the person listening to your audition will ask you to play scales. Ask your music instructor what scales are appropriate for your age and ability level. Follow the highlighted links below for other specific suggestions of the kinds of pieces and scales you should prepare for your Cannon Music Camp ensemble audition. If your instrument is not highlighted, please contact the camp office.

For Vocalists or anyone interested in auditioning for the choirs, click on the specific vocal ensemble for audition requirements. If the vocalist has a repertoire that they have been working on previously, they may be asked to sing it at their first private lesson. Concert Choir and Treble Choir, TeBa Choir are non-auditioned groups; which you can sign-up for at registration.

Jazz Ensemble represents a significant part of the wind curriculum. There is no separate audition for this group. Any instrumentalist wishing to participate should indicate their interest during their large ensemble placement audition.

A listing of all ensembles is at Performance Areas.


Specific Audition Literature

French Horn
Snare drum
String Bass
Classical Piano
Jazz (in Jazz Ensemble only)
Organ (lessons only if available)
Chamber Singers
Jazz Vocal Ensemble