Clarinet Academy FAQ
Q: How old can students be?
Q: Can my 12-year-old come? He/she’s really good!
A: 12-year-olds can apply and submit a video. Admission is at the discretion of the Director based on the performance and experience of the applicant.
Q: How good with the students be? Do I have to be the first chair in my band to get in?
A: We expect to have a range of previous musical experience and ability at the Academy, from intermediate to very advanced. You don’t need to be the best in your area to get in. You should be:
- well past beginner level
- a dedicated home “practicer”
- on a scale of 1 (beginner) to 6 (very advanced), be able to read and enjoy playing at least grade 3-level music.
Q: Do I HAVE to prepare a video?
A: Yes! We want to make sure you’ll get as much out of your time at Sewanee. To do that, we need to program music and classes based on YOUR strengths and weaknesses.
Q: What should I prepare for the video?
A: We want to hear what you’re good at. Acceptable audition repertoire could include:
- Any solo you’ve prepared
- Any etude or study you’re working on (ex: Rose 32 studies, Hite Melodious & Progressive Studies, etc)
- Orchestral excerpts
- District/Region/All-State audition piece
- Scales WITH your other pieces. Do not submit ONLY scales.
- If you’re using your phone or tablet to record, make sure you’re in a well-lit room and your face and fingers are visible.
- Please do not put the phone on your stand and record during a rehearsal.
- You do NOT need an accompanist, but accompanied performances are most welcome if you’d like.