I have time to warm up before the audition?
Yes. Once you have received your audition date and time, you are welcome
to come early and warm up before your audition. Practice rooms are available.
Please do not arrive more than 45 minutes before your scheduled audition
What if I need to reschedule or cancel
Please call the AFA offices immediately at 713-522-9699 to reschedule
your audition time. In most cases, conflicts can easily be rescheduled.
Can my son or daughter audition at
AFA makes frequent recruiting visits to schools throughout the Houston
and Beaumont areas and often conducts auditions during school days.
Please contact AFA to find out if we have scheduled an audition date
at your school. If no date has been scheduled, please speak to your
orchestra, band or choral director about scheduling a time for AFA to
visit your campus.
2007, AFA will also be conducting regional auditions in communities
surrounding Houston. Please see the audition dates for complete information.
Auditions are currently scheduled in Fort Bend County (Austin High School),
Pasadena/South Houston (South Houston High School) and Klein/Cy-Fair/Spring
Can my mother or father attend the
audition with me?
Yes. Parents are welcome.
Do I need copies of the music for
While it is often helpful for the adjudicators to see a copy of the
audition music, it is by no means required.
Will there be an accompanist at the
All instrumental auditions are heard without accompaniment. For the
choral program, AFA will have an accompanist present on April 8 and
May 6 only. Singers should try to audition on one of these two dates.
What is a chromatic scale?
A chromatic scale is to ascend and descend by half-steps from one note
to the same note an octave higher. For example, if you started on C,
a chromatic scale would be: C-C#-D-D#-E-F-F# etc. until you reach C
an octave higher.
Do you want to hear scales ascending
Can students play either Region or All-State audition excerpts for their
How long does the audition last?
The audition itself lasts for roughly fifteen minutes. Typically, the
adjudicator will speak with the student for a few moments so they can
get to know you. After that, you will play your scales and then play
the pieces your have prepared for the auditions. On rare occasions,
an adjudicator may ask you to do a brief sight-reading exercise.