Music Auditions

Students wishing to participate in one of our Junior School Instrumental Music ensembles or High School Choir, Band, Jazz/Rock, or Orchestra courses must perform a brief placement audition on the day of their Hopkins placement tests.  Please read the following information describing the placement audition requirements, and sign-up for a placement audition time by clicking on the appropriate link and following the instructions on the Doodle poll. Students who play more than one instrument need only sign up for one time slot.

Instructions for 9th-12th Grade Voice Placement Auditions

Please come prepared to sing a piece of your choosing, no more than 3 minutes in length.  If you have a copy of the sheet music, please bring it with you. If you do not have a piece prepared, we will guide you through some light vocalizations and will work with you to find your range.  If needed, accompaniment will be provided for you. Note that Choir placements are not necessary for incoming 7th and 8th graders.

Sign-up for a time:

9th-12th Grade Choir Placement, Saturday, May11th

9th-12th Grade Choir Placement Make-up, Wednesday, May 15th



Instructions for 7th-12th Grade Instrument Placement Auditions

Part 1: Prepared Piece
To help us understand your technique and musicality, you will be asked to play a piece of music that you prepare and bring to the audition.  This piece can be a solo, etude, or other music selection of your choosing that features your instrument. Be ready to play about 1-2 minutes from your prepared piece that best shows your skill.  Keep in mind that your selection shouldn’t be something that you consider very easy, nor should it be difficult for you. Rather, it should show your current technical and musical ability.

Part 2: Scale
To help us understand your sense of pitch and note relationships, please prepare a B-flat major or D major scale on your instrument.  Students may choose to play one or more octaves and may also choose to play arpeggios, though arpeggios are not required.

Part 3: Sight-Reading
To help us understand your note-reading and rhythmic ability, you will also be given a short, eight-measure sight-reading selection to play.

Your placement audition will last approximately five minutes.  It is meant to give the teacher an idea of what you’re comfortable playing and to give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the music program at Hopkins.  Space is open for all, though we may have to limit the number of certain instruments in some ensembles due to space and balance issues. If you do not get your first choice ensemble, another music option will be made available to you.

Please follow the link below to sign up for a music placement time if you will be attending the Saturday regular placement test day.  Click on the link that corresponds to the student’s incoming grade and instrument.

7th Grade Strings and Piano Placement, Saturday, May 4th

7th Grade Wind/Brass/Percussion Placement, Saturday, May 4th

8th-12th Grade Strings and Piano Placement, Saturday, May 11th

8th-12th Grade Wind/Brass/Percussion Placement, Saturday, May 11th



Please follow the link below to sign up for a music placement time if you will be attending the Wednesday make-up placement test day.

7th Grade Instrumental Placement Make-up (All), Wednesday, May 8th

8th-12th Grade Instrumental Placement Make-up (All), Wednesday, May 15th



Hopkins Music Program Accepted Instruments:

Flute/Piccolo
Clarinets
Oboe
Bassoon
Saxophones*
Trumpet*
French Horn
Trombone*
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano* +
Guitar*
Harp
Percussion*
Mallets*
Drum Set*
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass* (upright or electric)

All instruments should be familiar with reading music notation.

* High school students who play these instruments may audition for the Jazz/Rock ensemble, which is a separate class.

+ Due to equipment and space considerations, we can only accept a limited number of pianists.