Sign Up for 2019-20 Placement Auditions

Attention all 9th, 10, 11th grade students,

I will be posting the sign up schedule for the 2019-20 DHS Placement Auditions this week in your classrooms.  The sign up deadline is set for Friday, February 8th so please sign up for a time ASAP.  Please  write clearly so I can create the final schedule accurately, which I will post in your classroom the week of February 18th. Once the schedule is posted please check your final posted time to make sure it is accurate and there is not a conflict for you. 

Also, below is the registration form that each student is required to fill out and turn in when they arrive for their audition. Please print and fill it out to turn in when you check in for your audition warm up time.  

I look forward to listening to all of your hard work,

Mr. Moreno

 

Contact Mr. Moreno if you have any questions.

Davis High School Orchestra Program
Audition Requirements
2019-2020
Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble

All DHS Orchestra Auditions will be held at Davis High  in the Music Building room PA-3 from February 25th – March 1st.  Check your school music room for the DHS Orchestras Open Audition sign-up sheets starting in January. Auditions are for all in coming 10th grade students, continuing 11th grade students, and 12th grade students not currently in an audition group.

Sign-up Deadline is Friday, February 8th

Contact Mr. Moreno if you have any questions or need a sign-up extension. The final audition schedule will be posted Tuesday, February 21st, which will include your individual audition day and time. Your requested times may change to fit the final schedule, so make sure and check the schedule carefully. If you have a major conflict with your scheduled time email Mr. Moreno ASAP to work it out.

Audition Dates and Times by Instrument:

  • Violins: Monday, February 25th, 3:50PM – 8:00PM
                  Tuesday, February 26th, 3:50PM – 8:00PM
  • Violas: Thursday, February 28th, 3:40PM – 6:00PM
  • Cellos/Basses:  Friday, March 1st, 3:50PM – 8:00PM
  • Key Board Players Auditioning for a Harpsichord position in the Baroque Ensemble: Contact Mr. Moreno directly to set an audition time. If you are a string player who also plays keyboard and would like to audition for harpsichord sign up for two time slots back to back.

Please Note: All Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion students who are interested in auditioning for the DHS Symphony Orchestra see audition requirements online at: dhsbandboosters.com. Information will be posted soon. All Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion students interested in participating in the DHS Symphony Orchestra must be members of the DHS Symphonic Band.

If none of these audition times work for your schedule and you need assistance contact Mr. Moreno

Description of The Davis High School Symphony Orchestra:

The Davis High Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Angelo Moreno, is an advanced full symphony orchestra including strings, winds, brass and percussion. The group will study and perform music for symphony orchestra from the classical to modern eras. In recent years, the Symphony Orchestra has performed Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, Dvorak’s Eighth and Ninth Symphonies and Elgar’s Nimrod, amongst many other pieces of music from Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Schumann, Haydn, Brahms and many other composers.

Description of The Davis High School Baroque Ensemble:

The Davis High Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of Angelo Moreno is a unique string orchestra which includes the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, and Key Board players who are interested in learning to play the Harpsichord. Students will perform on Baroque instruments, which include string instruments converted to Baroque style with gut strings and Baroque style bows. The group will study and perform music from the Baroque Era, including composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Telemann, and Handel.

Audition Requirements:

Strings – Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass:

  • 3 octaves of any major scale in quarter notes, at a tempo of 144
           (Basses 2 octaves)
  • 3 octaves of any melodic minor scale in quarter notes at a tempo of 120
           (Basses 2 octaves)
  • 3-4 minute excerpt of an unaccompanied solo (skip over long rests) that demonstrates your ability.

Key Board Players Auditioning for Harpsichord:

  • 3 octaves of any major scale in two hands- in quarter notes, at a tempo of 144
  • 3 octaves of any melodic minor scale in two hands-  in quarter notes at a tempo of 120
  • 3-4 minute excerpt of an unaccompanied solo (skip over long rests) that demonstrates your ability.

Note: All players will be asked to sight read

Note: All instruments- when deciding on solo literature consult your private instructor or school music teacher.

REQUIRED
Please provide a copy of your solo music the day of your audition for the adjudicator.

Contact Mr. Moreno if you have any questions at (530) 400-7614 (cell) or by email

Download a registration form here:

2019 DHS Concerto Competition Information

2019 DHS Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.
DHS Richard Brunelle Performance Hall

 


What is it?

The DHS concerto competition is an annual event held early every Winter Semester to choose one student musician at DHS who will perform with the DHS Symphony Orchestra and receive a $500 award.  The winner will have the opportunity to play his or her piece with the DHS Symphony Orchestra in Concert—TBA.

Click here to see profiles of past winners.

What music should be played for the competition?

  • The competition piece should be a movement from a concerto.
  • It is required that the contestants memorize their piece for both the competition and the final performance.
  • The competition is a recital format.
  • Note: The musicians should provide their own accompanists and two copies of the music for the judges.

Who may compete?

  • The competition is open to the entire DHS student population.
  • A musician who won this competition in a previous year may not compete again. 

What instrument may competitors play?

  • Competitors may play any appropriate instrument for which concertos are written.

When and where is the competition being held?

  • This year’s competition will be held This year’s competition will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. DHS Richard Brunelle Performance Hall. It is open to the public, free admission.

When does the winner perform with the Orchestra?

  • The winner will perform with the Orchestra at a public concert decided upon by the director.
  • Performances in the past have been featured at the end of the year Finale Concert and the Wennberg Concert held at the Mondavi Center, DHS Symphony Kids Outreach Concerts, and Carnegie Hall, NY.

Who will judge the competition?

  • The judges will be professional musicians who are familiar with orchestral performance and the expected level of the winner.

Who will be in the audience for the competition?

  • The competition will be open to the public so invite your family and friends. There will be two adjudicators seated in the back of the room along with Mr. Moreno.

How do I sign up for the Concerto Competition and what information do I need to provide?

  • Mr. Moreno has a sign up sheet posted in PA-3 on the computer lab window. Deadline to sign up is
    Friday, November 16, 2018.
  • To apply to the competition, you need to provide the following:
    • The name of your piece, the movement, and the composer
    • The approximate length of your piece
    • The instrument you will play
    • Whether two pianos will be needed
  • You must also send Mr. Moreno an email at amoreno@djusd.net with following information:
    • Your Name (first and last)
    • Instrument
    • Name of Solo and Composer
    • Total Time of Solo

Are there any further requirements?

  • The night of the competition all performers will be required to provide two (2) copies of their music for the adjudicators.
  • Appropriate concert dress for the concerto competition performance is required. Suggest “Concert Black.”

You can view and download a PDF of this information here.

Coda Honors Symphony and String Orchestra Members 2018-19

Congratulations to the Following Davis High and Holmes Junior High Orchestra students who will be representing our orchestra programs at the state level! Bravo to all of you for your hard work. You will surely learn a lot that weekend and meet some wonderfully talented musicians from all over the state.

Coda Honors String Orchestra:

  •  Second Violin: David Zhang Holmes Junior High School

 Coda Honors Symphony Orchestra:

  • First Violin: Kaoruko Hayashi- Holmes Junior High School
  • First Violin: Sue Bin Park- Davis Senior High School
  • Viola: Antony Zhao – Davis Senior High School
  • Cello: Jessica Li – Davis Senior High School

The CODA High School Honor String Orchestra:

  • Rehearsals and performance will take place at November 30-December 1, 2018; University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
  • Conductor-Toru Tagawa

CODA High School Honor Symphony Orchestra:

  • Rehearsals and performance will take place at November 30-December 1, 2018; University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
  • Conductor- Dr. Nicolas Waldvogel

Submitting CODA Audition Submissions Online

Starting in 2018, all CODA Honors String Orchestra or Symphony Orchestra audition submissions will take place online. All students are being asked to create a Coda Honors Orchestra student Account to enble them to upload your audio files and pay the $30.000 student audition fee. The deadline is November 24, 2018. By then, you will need to:

  • Complete all audition audio uploads online
  • Email Mr. Moreno your completed “Student Signature Form,” and
  • Pay your $30.00 student fee online

Student Account Set Up, Audio Files Upload, Student Signature Form, and Student Payment Steps:

  • Email the following personal information to at amoreno@djusd.net :
    • Student First and Last Name 
    • Student email address
    • Grade level 
    • Instrument (separate auditions must be set up if the student is auditioning on more than one instrument) 
    • Ensemble for which you are submitting an audition (Symphony or String Orchestra) 
    • For CODA Honor Orchestras only, you will also need to indicate if you are auditioning for both the Symphony and String Orchestras. 
  • Once Mr. Moreno has entered your “Personal Information” to the CODA web site, the system will create your personal “ Student Audition Account.” When the system creates your new student account, you will receive an email confirmation with a link. This link directs you to the Coda Student Profile Page, where you will locate your new student account and fill out additional information.
  • The website will redirect you to the main page and you can begin uploading your audition files.
    • Your “Scale” file must be uploaded as a separate file, and your “Music Excerpts” file must be uploaded as a single file.
    • Use http://mergeaudio.online/ to merge your Music Excerpt files together. 
    • Note: Only MP3 and M4A files can be uploaded.
  • Once you have upload both your audio files to your account, Mr. Moreno will receive an email notice asking him to review them before they are officially submitted. 
  • Download the “Student Signature Form” from your personal account. You must get all the required signatures and then scan and email to Mr. Moreno at amoreno@djusd.net who will then submit it directly to CODA.
  • Click on “Student Payment” and pay your $30.00 student fee using PayPal or a credit card. 
  • As soon as all state auditions have been reviewed students will be notified via email about your acceptance in October by CODA. 

If you have any questions, email Mr. Moreno at amoreno@djusd.net 

Statewide CODA Honors Orchestra Info

There are two rounds of additions one just finished in September this week, the next one is going to be due at the end of November. See details below.


There are five different State Wide Coda Honors Orchestras made up of junior high and high school students grades 7-12 that meet once a year to prepare unique and exciting programs.  First in order of calendar deadlines, the two CODA High School Honors Orchestras with audition materials due in September and rehearsals and performance in December and the three Coda All-State Orchestras with audition materials due in November and rehearsals and performance in February.

It is a challenge and honor to be invited to play with any of these elite orchestras.  It is a chance to meet and work with various conductors and musicians from around the state.  Also it is a great way to represent your school orchestra program at the state level.

In addition to being a memorable and motivating musical experience, your participation in an honors orchestra is viewed favorably by college admissions and scholarships. It proves that you have an accomplished level of musical ability; which demonstrates that you have the character and discipline to challenge yourself to succeed at an honors level in a particular activity. It is also a respected resume builder, which shows you have had diverse educational life experiences.  

Auditions are submitted as recordings only, so you don’t have to show up in person to audition to be accepted.  You can record your audition in the comfort of your own home if you have the appropriate equipment. Equipment needs include a method to record and burn your file onto a CD.

The time commitment is whatever it takes for you to prepare and record the audition materials, which include a given scale and a page of orchestral excerpts. If your audition is successful and you are invited to participate, you can decide at that time to commit to the 2-3 day rehearsals and public performance.

If you are concerned about your level of musicianship compared to others, please consider that the Davis Orchestra Program is one of the finest in the state.  A healthy majority of Davis music students, with adequate preparation, succeed in these auditions every year and go on to have memorable musical and social experiences.  You could be among these future and former decorated players. Unless you go for it you will never know!


CODA Junior High School All-State String Orchestra:

  • Students must be in 7th-8th grade.

  • All audition materials must be turned into class by Wednesday, November 28th to be considered for the CODA High School All-State String Orchestra.

  • Audition materials and application can be found at: http://www.codaorchestras.org

  • If accepted, the rehearsals and performance will take place at February 14-17, 2019 at CASMEC in Fresno, CA

  • Conductor- Bob Phillips

CODA High School All-State String Orchestra:

  • Students must be in 9th-12th grade.

  • All audition materials must be turned into class by Wednesday, November 28th to be considered for the CODA High School All-State String Orchestra.

  • Audition materials and application can be found at: http://www.codaorchestras.org

  • If accepted, the rehearsals and performance will take place at February 14-17, 2019 at CASMEC in Fresno, CA

  • Conductor- Dr. Thomas Lowenheim

CODA High School All-State Symphony Orchestra:

  • Students must be in 9th-12th grade.

  • All audition materials must be turned into class by Wednesday, November 28th to be considered for the CODA High School All-State Symphony Orchestra.

  • Audition materials and application can be found at: http://www.codaorchestras.org

  • If accepted, the rehearsals and performance will take place February 14-17, 2019 at CASMEC in Fresno, CA

  • Conductor- Dr. William LaRue Jones

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Moreno.