Why WIHI Music?
- Ensembles: We offer a full spectrum of traditional large and small performing ensembles: Band, Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chamber Music.
- Instruction: Students receive high quality instruction in their primary area (strings, voice, etc.) by performing quality musical literature and individual study in large ensemble settings.
- IB Music: Students can take IB Music in their 11th/12th grade years studying music academically through music history, music theory analysis, and music composition. For more information click HERE.
- Scheduling: Students are encouraged to continue music ensemble performance for their entire education at WIHI; grades 9th - 12th. Scheduling allows four year participation in music while continuing their IB course-load. Upon IB Authorization this coming March, we will begin offering IB Music in 2013-2014. Students enrolled in IB Music CAN (and are encouraged to) continue performing in their large ensemble by scheduling these courses concurrently.
- Performing: We offer regular performing opportunities at state of the art facilities (such as Saline HS Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center) as well as WIHI Sponsored Solo and Ensemble opportunities and other events.
- Consistency: Our music department is united as a whole organization with a curriculum that is consistent among all ensembles.
- Active Parent Involvement: Our parent boosters are active supporters of the music program - assisting in running events, raising funds and supporting student opportunities.
2019-2020 Music Auditions
Band and Choir Auditions are Closed until March 18th
Orchestra - No Audition. students will perform their audition during class in the fall once enrolled.
Students interest in auditioning for Jazz Ambassadors
Symphonic Band - (open to all students)
Concert Winds - (intermediate level band)
Wind Ensemble – (advanced level band)
Band Auditions are to determine ensemble placement. Students who do not audition will be automatically placed into Symphonic Band.
Band Audition Dates – Spring Semester beginning March 18th
Step 1 - Read Audition Instructions - Click Here
Step 2 - Contact Mr. Pierson to set up an audition date (email@example.com)
Step 3 - Review audition requirements (scales and excerpts - see below)
Step 4 - Download excerpt below. Perform the portion for your instrument
*percussion, perform as instructed in Audition Instructions
Instrument Excerpts - Click to download excerpts to perform at the audition
1) Perform all Major scales (or as many scales as you are able).
All Instruments play the page indicated for their instrument.
Students performing on Bari Sax or Bass Clarinet might be required to play Alto Sax or Soprano Clarinet depending on instrumentation and instrument availability in the fall.
SAMPLE AUDITION SCORING RUBRIC - 2013/2014
Concert Choir - (open to all students)
Chamber Choir - (intermediate level band)
Vox Humanas – (advanced level band)
Audition times are held after school from 2:45pm – 3:45pm in Rm. 109 during spring semester – beginning March 19th throughout the end of the school year.
To schedule an appointment, contact Mr. Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly and provide three-day options that fall within the 2:35pm – 3:45pm time frame. If that time range does not work, alternate arrangements can be made.
Choir Audition Dates – Spring Semester beginning March 19th
Audition Materials – Student Audition Instructions
1. Sing "Happy Birthday" in the key or octave that fits the range of your voice.
2. Sight-reading: You will be given 90 seconds to look over 3 short single line melodies of increasing difficulty; sing the melody in solfege (Do re mi fa sol la ti do).
A.Melody will be in a scale pattern Do - Sol.
B.Melody will be in a scale pattern Do - Do’
C.Melody will have skips between Do, Mi, and Sol.
3. Rhythm: Sing/say a short simple rhythm excerpt to sing.
4. Pitch Matching
5. Official Range/Voice Placement: You will sing a five note ascending scale (Do, re, mi, fa, sol) until your voice tops out and descending (sol, fa, mi, re, do) until you bottom out. This is to establish the range of your voice and where you would fit best.