Orchestra Auditions

for Grades 7-8


The following guidelines will prepare you for the audition for the Orchestra Magnet.

Stivers offers four levels of orchestra  performance. Membership in each group is determined solely by audition, ability and achievement.

Our two highest levels of Orchestra enroll mostly high school players. There are a few middle school players within the top two Orchestras. Each group meets for one class period every day.

Audition Requirements

The audition will be evaluated on a scale of five points with five points being the highest and one point being the lowest in the following areas:

We do not offer beginning level classes. Students must have some performance skills to be in the orchestra program. Students should have their own violins. We do have violas, cellos, and string basses for students to use as rentals.

Audition Preparation

Young musicians auditioning for the Stivers Orchestra Magnet should prepare a line from a method book or a solo they have learned and can play with confidence.  Candidates will be asked to play the music they prepared, an open string scale, and demonstrate their listening skills.  If possible, please bring an extra copy of the music being performed

Performance music is available for download below. Sheet music is presented online in Adobe PDF format.