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ILMEA Auditions (2019)

September 21, 2019


Northbrook Junior High
1475 Maple Ave.
Northbrook, IL


Documents from ILMEA Host Site

I tried to summarize all of the information from these documents below. However, you may want to read through them as they may answer a question or two that you may have. 


Auditions will be held during 1 of 2 two-hour sessions. You should arrive early as the sectional starts promptly. You may be called to audition shortly after the start time. At the session you will have a sectional, audition, and large ensemble rehearsal. You are required to stay for the entire session. When you arrive, you should report directly to the sectional room.

  • 9:30 AM – Northbrook Junior High doors open
    • Go to Sectional Room. When you arrive, there will be people directing you. Mr. Broach will find you in your Sectional Room to give you your audition wristband. You should rosin your bow, tune perfectly (I can help), warm-up, and play through all audition excerpts. You should have a music stand and print out the music as it is more reliable than reading from your iPad.
      • Violin 2 @ Room 314
      • Viola @ Room 410
      • Cello @ Room 406
  • 10:00 AM – Be ready to audition. You might be called first! It’s random, so be ready.
  • 10:30ish AM – All students will move to the Large Gym rehearsal area to rehearse the music as a full ensemble. Students will continue to be pulled from rehearsal to audition.
    • Parents may watch this rehearsal.
  • 12:00 PM – Auditions are complete. Please leave the building ASAP as a second session of auditions will be taking place immediately following.

Audition Fee. The fee to participate in the audition is $8, payable to CUSD 95. Turn in to Mr. Broach by Friday, September 13.

Attire. There is no rule that you have to dress up, but I suggest you do so to give a good first impression as you enter the room to audition.

Audition Music

  • Molly on the Shore
  • Carpe Diem
  • Overture to Semiramide
  • Lullaby (not on audition, but will be performed at the festival)

We will receive the specific excerpts that you will perform in the audition on Thursday, September 19 in the morning. I will let you know as soon as I know. 


We will have the following after school (2:30-3:15 PM) rehearsals to help you on the music. You should attend 5 of the 8 rehearsals.

  • Friday, September 6
  • Monday, September 9
  • Tuesday, September 10
  • Thursday, September 12
  • Friday, September 13
  • Monday, September 16
  • Tuesday, September 17
  • Thursday, September 19
  • Friday, September 20

Practice Tips

  • Look at the key signature!!!
  • Annotate counting under difficult rhythms.
  • Pay attention to articulations (staccato, accents, slurs).
  • Practice SLOWLY and CHUNK at first – we will have plenty of time to get to audition speed.
  • Always strive for good sound – don’t settle for a sour note or shaky intonation!
  • Look up the music on YouTube. There may even be videos of individual parts played by teachers.

Supplies. Please bring your instrument, bow, rosin, rockstop, folding music stand. Use your own music that you have marked. You might want to have paper copies in case your iPad decides not to work. Dress nicely (not necessarily formal) to leave a good first impression with the judges.


September 21, 2019
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Northbrook JH
1475 Maple Ave
Northbrook, IL 60062 United States
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