WBAS Youth Band  Festival

12 - 17 December 2022

PHOTO: WBAS Youth Band Festival, Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore

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Combining a conducive learning environment with our favourite activity of all time--music-making--the annual Youth Band Festival is here to round off your year with a bang! Making a comeback with full bands and this year, a special edition with involvement of musicians beyond school-age youths. 

 

As iron sharpens iron, the collaborative nature of wind band activities will bring together a diverse group of youths musicians for the exchange of knowledge and experiences. Most of all, to motivate and encourage each other to continue music-making and bring what they have learned back to share with their own bandmates. 

 

In this week-long adventure,  prepare for a challenging but fulfilling journey towards honing your craft alongside new friends, who are as equally passionate about band music. At the end of the week, the finale concert at the SOTA Concert Hall is sure to be a unique experience. Wait no more and mark out the dates in your calendar! Do keep a lookout for the tips and tricks that our in-house tutors will be sharing with you to kick-start this final lap of learning and music-making for the year.

Audition Dates: 8 and 9 Sep 2022

Festival Dates: 12- 16 Dec 2022 

Concert on 17 Dec 2022 at SOTA Concert Hall

  

Application Process 

The festival is open to all fully vaccinated musicians who play a wind band instrument aged between 11 to 25 years old. Participants in the Festival must be fully vaccinated before the start of rehearsals. Candidates must undergo ART before rehearsals begin. Parental consent must be obtained for candidates below 18 years old.

Musicians who are keen to take part in the festival will need to undergo an audition process. To benefit the participants, WBAS seeks to achieve diversity by enhancing the group dynamics musically, intellectually and socially.

Audition requirements 

All candidates are to attend the audition in person on 8 or 9 September 2022 and prepare the following to perform at the audition. 

You need not memorise any of the music or scales. 

 

  • 5 scales 

  • 1 etude or choice piece 

  • 1 test piece (will be emailed to candidates 1 week before the audition) 

 

Scales

  1. 1 chromatic scale of any key, to play for 1.5 octaves. It can be slurred or tongued.  

  2. 1 major or minor scale of any key, to play for 2 octaves, slurred 

  3. 1 major or minor scale of any key, to play 1.5 octave, slurred 

  4. 1 major or minor scale of any key, to play 1.5 octave, tongued 

  5. 1 major or minor scale of any key, to play 1 octave, tongued 

 

Note: 

No scales should be repeated (For eg: D harmonic minor slurred and D harmonic minor tongued are considered the same scale)

 

Etude/ Solo choice piece

Candidates must play an Etude / Solo work that is at least 1 - 2 mins long. There is no facility for you to play with accompaniment.  

Percussion candidates must perform one choice piece each on snare drum, mallet and timpani. The candidate may include additional choice pieces on other percussion instruments. 

 

Tip: Candidates are encouraged to find pieces that show off their strengths. 

 

Test Piece 

The score will be emailed to you one week before the audition. Candidate must perform this test piece at the audition. 

 

Tip: Right notes and rhythms are only part of the music. Make sure you play with the written articulation, dynamics, appropriate tempo and follow the written musical instructions. Take your time to learn and practice before recording. 

 

Audition Submission Details  

 

Deadline: 5 September 2022

 

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