Honor Bands

Audition Information

JH Auditions Updated Information (9th Grade): The audition window for JH NCDA Auditions is January 25th - February 4th. All JH NCDA auditions must be scheduled and recorded during this time. Recordings will take place on Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th. A schedule will be set up in early January. Results from these auditions will be posted on February 7th. 

All auditions are being done online this year via audio recordings, but the actual audition process is the same - scales, etudes, and sight-reading. All auditions must be recorded by a director using the software provided by OMEA/NCDA. Auditions will be recorded with studio quality equipment in the band room. Students will not get multiple attempts at recording their audition. Each audition will be only one take, just like live auditions when in Owasso or Moore. Other than playing in a microphone, the process will be the very similar. A scale set will be randomly assigned for each audition and the student records their scales. Then the students play each etude. Finally, the students will sight-read. Sight-reading includes the 30 second study period followed by playing the sight-reading material. For sight-reading, the music is displayed on a computer monitor along with the 30 second countdown. The size of the music on the screen will be comparable to actual sheet music. Students should understand that the entire audition will be recorded - even the 30 second study period. There are time limits for each portion of the audition (Scales - 3 minutes, Etudes - 4 minutes, and Sight-reading - view for 30 seconds and 3 minutes to play), so once you start playing - keep going. 

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra provides audition videos to aid 8th and 9th-grade music students 

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, November 11, 2020 – For the first time, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has launched a series of online videos to provide model performances of audition music for students in the Tulsa region.  8th and 9th-graders in local districts have been preparing for the upcoming North Central Director’s Association – Oklahoma (NCDA) Junior High auditions. These videos will feature TSO musicians demonstrating the required audition repertoire at the highest level and will provide tips and techniques to help students. The videos are free and are now available here: https://tulsasymphony.org/education/ncda-junior-high-video-clinics/

During the COVID-19 pandemic,  this program will provide invaluable support to music educators as in-person instruction is often challenging. These online lessons provide instrument-specific guidance by expert performers using the required audition repertoire.  According to Dr. David Carter, TSO Principal Clarinet/Director of Education, “TSO education programs are part of our outreach and aim to develop lifelong relationships with music among students of all ages.  These videos will fulfill an invaluable role in fostering enthusiasm in young musicians at a critical time in their development. By providing high-quality support programming, we are encouraging middle school music students to continue pursuing excellence in their band and orchestra programs.” 

The school systems with students who participate in NCDA auditions, and would benefit from these videos, include Bristow, Collinsville, Guthrie, Jenks, Owasso, Perkins-Tryon, Perry, Sapulpa, Skiatook, and Stillwater Public Schools. TSO’s professional musicians who are featured in these videos include Flute – John Rush; Oboe – Kristin Weber; Bassoon – Richard Ramey; Clarinet – Amanda Hudnall; Bass-Clarinet Angela Carter; Saxophone – Jeffrey Loeffert; Trumpet – Steve Haefner; Horn – Joshua East; Trombone & Baritone – Doug Fletcher; Tuba – Jarrod Robertson; Percussion – Roy Smith and Gerald Scholl. 

-----------------

Results from 1st round OMEA and NCDA Honor Bands are currently being evaluated. Results from these auditions should be posted either Saturday, November 7th or Sunday, November 8th.

Final Round Audition Recording for OMEA are scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 14th. After results are posted, information will be updated and recording schedule added. 

----------------------

All auditions are being done online this year via audio recordings, but the actual audition process is the same - scales, etudes, and sight-reading. All auditions must be recorded by a director using the software provided by OMEA/NCDA. Auditions will be recorded with studio quality equipment in the band room. Students will not get multiple attempts at recording their audition. Each audition will be only one take, just like live auditions when in Owasso or Moore. Other than playing in a microphone, the process will be the very similar. A scale set will be randomly assigned for each audition and the student records their scales. Then the students play each etude. Finally, the students will sight-read. Sight-reading includes the 30 second study period followed by playing the sight-reading material. For sight-reading, the music is displayed on a computer monitor along with the 30 second countdown. The size of the music on the screen will be comparable to actual sheet music. Students should understand that the entire audition will be recorded - even the 30 second study period. There are time limits for each portion of the audition (Scales - 3 minutes, Etudes - 4 minutes, and Sight-reading - view for 30 seconds and 3 minutes to play), so once you start playing - keep going. 

HS Audition Information (Grades 10-12): The audition window for HS First Round OMEA & NCDA is October 23rd - November 5th. All first round auditions must be scheduled and recorded during this time. Results from these auditions will be posted on November 8th.

The Final Round audition music is now posted and is available HERE. Students will have to begin preparing their music for the Final round before they complete their audition for the first round. The audition window for OMEA All-State Final Round is November 9th - November 19th. Results from these auditions will be posted on December 6th. 

The dates for Jenks HS students to record their first round audition has been set for Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st. Microphones will be set to specific levels, in strategic locations, and in certain rooms in order to obtain the best possible recordings for the auditions. The recording schedule has been arranged by sections in order to minimize changes with recording equipment. Rooms M107 and M110 will be used to record the auditions. M111 will be used as the warm-up room. Students may freely use this room, but must stay socially distanced while warming up and/or practicing. The hallways should remain relatively clear and quiet during this time. The recording schedule for HS NCDA/OMEA Auditions is now available HERE. The band room will be unlocked at least one hour before the first audition is set to record so that students can manage their warm-up time. For any student that has been quarantined during this time, specific information and instructions will be provided as the audition approaches. 

Audition cuts will be posted 45 minutes before each instrument begins their auditions. All scales will be together in one recording, each etude will be a separate recording, and Sight-Reading will be a separate recording. 

Students will be disqualified if they speak during the recording, if a teacher speaks during the recording, or if a student waits longer than 5 seconds to record their sight-reading once the prep period has expired. 

Special instructions will be given to students auditioning who are quarantined during this time.

HS NCDA/OMEA Audition Recording Schedule

Important Dates

Fees due Wednesday, September 30th
HS 1st Round OMEA and NCDA Auditions, October 23rd - November 5th
HS 1st Round OMEA and NCDA Audition Results Released, November 8th
HS 2nd Round OMEA Music Released, October 9th - do you have it?
HS 2nd Round OMEA Auditions, November 9th - November 19th

HS 2nd Round OMEA Auditions Results Released, December 6th
JH Audition Window, January 25th - February 4th
JH Audition Results Released, February 7th

---------------------------------------------------------------

Students may now sign up to audition for OMEA All-State and NCDA Regional Honor Bands. Students in 9th grade are only eligible to audition for NCDA. Students in 10th - 12th grades may sign up for both NCDA and OMEA. Sign up sheets are on the board in the main band room. Entry Fees are $15.00 per each entry and band. 

Entry fees are due on or before Wednesday, September 30th. Students paying with cash must have the exact amount (change will not be made) in an envelope marked with your name, the amount, and what the money is for. 

Students paying with check can just turn in the check. Checks should be made out to Jenks Band with Honor Band Entry Fees written on the memo line. 

Students may use their trip fund account if money is in the account (you may not charge it to your trip account) and if a request is made to the trip fund manager, Jamie Dragon, by Wednesday, September 30th. 

Money may be turned in to Mr. Hillock or to a parent on Money-Fridays. 

Payment can also be made online by credit card on the Jenks Band Parents Website. Click HERE to log in and do that.

To find out how much each student owes, an initial spreadsheet listing students, instruments, bands, and entry fees is available HERE. Check for accuracy and report any errors to Mr. Hillock immediately. 

Fees due on or before Wednesday, September 30th. 

---------------------------

Audition music is now available for students who want to try out for OMEA All-State and NCDA Regional Honor Bands. No better time than the present to get a solid start on this material. If you do not own these books containing the audition etudes, we highly recommend that you purchase them. It is great material to have in your personal library, especially during this unprecedented time. If you are unable to do so, you may also contact a director to get a copy of the music. 

Click HERE for OMEA and HS NCDA audition material and scale information. This is for students in grades 10-12. 

Click HERE for NCDA Junior High audition material and scale information. Students should download both the scales and etudes for Junior High Set 1. This is for students in grades 8-9.

Information for the BOA National Honor Band of America has not been made availble yet. Students will need to read information thoroughly to be aware of deadlines, time commitments, and possible costs involved. Links will be provided once information has been made available.