Placement Auditions

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

This week I have been announcing the DHS Orchestra Program’s Placement Audition process that takes place February 25th- March 1st. All requirements are attached and listed below for auditioning into the DHS Symphony Orchestra and DHS Baroque Ensemble. I am starting this conversation now in order to motivate you to start preparing this month by picking your scales and solo and beginning the process of learning everything to the best of your ability by the end of February. For 99% of you, you will need all of this time to prepare in order to feel confident and in technical control of your audition performance.

Note: If you do not wish to participate in the audition process but want to continue to improve daily on your instrument and be a part of a wonderful orchestra here at DHS, then plan to sign up for the DHS Chamber Orchestra. This is our largest orchestra at DHS and a great place to be with friends and make music on a daily basis together.

I am announcing now for everyone still deciding which orchestra to audition for, that the DHS Baroque Ensemble will be doing a major tour next year in June 2020 to England and France; two of the leading countries for Baroque composers and performance. The DHS Baroque Ensemble will enjoy a 14 day performance tour filled with tourist attractions and the opportunity to play in some of the best churches and performance venues in both countries. There is room in the group for 20 violins, 6 violas, 6 cellos, two basses, and 4 keyboard players. Consider this once in a life time opportunity when it comes time to designate which group you want to audition for. See video below of our amazing tour to Austria and Italy from 2017. It shows the excitement and fun shared by all who attended.

DHS Baroque Tour Documentary Video of the Austria and Italy Tour 2017:
https://youtu.be/K_zjS4ecpmE

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

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

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