Horace W. Porter

Middle School Music: Eastern Regionals

Click below to view the 2019-2020 ERMS Audition Information. Audition requirements can be found on the bottom of this page once clicking the LINK

The Connecticut Music Educators Association offers students an opportunity to audition for the Eastern Regional Band, orchestra and choirs. Student prepare a solo from a set repertoire list of music as well as prepare and memorize scales for the audition. Additionally, at the audition students will be asked to sight-read a small excerpt of music. Students will audition for typically 1-2 judges in a classroom at local CT school, and will be rated on a number of criteria using a rubric.

Students who are accepted into an ensemble then participate in a two day music festival (Friday afternoon and full Saturday) with other students from around the area in CT. Students who are interested in auditioning for an ensemble are highly encouraged to seek private lesson instruction outside of school in order to fully prepare for the audition. Ms. Stolarun suggests when students are preparing for regionals, they try their best to practice for at least 1 hour per day on their piece, scales and practice sight-reading skills.

Registration paperwork for the audition will become available from Ms. Stolarun in early September. Ms. Stolarun will share and remind students of this opportunity within the first few weeks of school. Interested students are encouraged to seek out the registration paperwork from Ms. Stolarun and get started with lessons as soon as possible. 

Audition information can be found at the following link: http://cmea.org/ERMSFEST 

A summary of the audition information is below...

Audition date: December 7th, 2019
Audition location: 
William J. Johnston Middle School
360 Norwich Ave.
Colchester, CT 06415

Audition Fee: $7.00 per each audition

Festival date: (for students accepted into the festival) March 6th-7th, 2020 / SNOW DATE: March 13

Repertoire List (for instrumental auditions, a book will need to be ordered, listed in the link above, from a local music store/online) Please let Ms. Stolarun know if you have any questions regarding the book that should be purchased for your instrument


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