Prospective Students

Incoming freshmen/new students to Ventura High School are encouraged to fill out a quick survey (Click Here) for enrollment in music in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. If link DOES NOT WORK on your computer, use the link through the VHS Counseling website Click Here. Once you've completed the survey, the guidance office/director can contact you with more information concerning enrollment and auditions. Audition Requirements are listed below:

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Each year, the VHS participates in “end of the year” auditions to help place students within the program. For eighth graders interested in joining the music program at Ventura High School, this is also an opportunity for me to meet with you personally and help place you in the appropriate ensemble. Below are the listed requirements that will be evaluated if you are auditioning for the Honors Wind Ensemble II or Wind Ensemble I or the advanced String Orchestra. If not auditioning for the either, your current director will choose an appropriate list of audition materials for me to hear, including solos and scales. Students not placing into Wind Ensemble or String Orchestra will be placed in Concert Band or String Ensemble. Woodwind/Brasswind Students interested in performing with the Studio Jazz Ensemble are advised to participate in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band.

Honors Wind Ensemble II and Wind Ensemble I

  1. All Major Scales (routines and thirds- full range of the instrument)
  2. Chromatic Scale full range of the instrument.
  3. Excerpt requirements from the 2017-2018 CBDA All-State High School Honor Band solo, available at: www.cbda.org
  4. Sight Reading provided by your director

String Orchestra

  1. All Major Scales- routines and thirds- full range of the instrument
  2. Chromatic- Full range of the instrument
  3. Excerpt requirements from the 2017-2018 CODA All-State High School Orchestra solo, available at: www.codaorchestras.org
  4. Sight Reading provided by your director