Pre-Festival Student Submissions!

We humbly request that each student submit a short video demonstrating their fundamental abilities on their instrument. This is NOT an audition. I repeat. This is NOT an audition. You are also not being tasked with changing the world via this video submission.

This is merely to assist us in determining your foundational abilities so we can choose repertoire that highlights your strengths, challenges your weaknesses, and will be meaningful / enjoyable to rehearse and perform.

We are not judging your playing ability here; this is just an educational tool for us to utilize as we continue to provide world class music education to the most open-minded and creative high school students in our fine state. If you are unable to provide a submission or feel uncomfortable doing so, that is 100% fine, do not worry at all whatsoever. We appreciate those of you who do provide a submission and look forward to providing you with the highest level of customized instruction that we possibly can.

Please follow the guidelines provided below as it relates to your primary areas of interest. You may make multiple submissions if you are participating in multiple areas e.g. Musical Theatre & Jazz or Strings & Choir.

Lastly, please submit your video and/or any questions to brian@tnmusic.org who will distribute the video to the appropriate faculty member. ONE MONTH!!!!!!

One excerpt has been provided for males, and two excerpts have been provided for females. Females MUST CHOOSE ONLY ONE of the two. Please submit a video singing ONLY the excerpt from the provided track.

Male Range - ‘Sante Fe’ from The Newsies (excerpt = 0:28 - 1:22)

Example Track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsfrVvDuoos&authuser=1

Accompaniment Track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQeky7dbu4Q&authuser=1

Lyrics - https://genius.com/Newsies-original-broadway-cast-santa-fe-lyrics

Female Range Option #1 (Higher Voices) - ‘So Much Better’ from Legally Blonde: The Musical (0:00 - 1:07)

Example Track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WT4HR_rDJU&authuser=1

Accompaniment Track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAwkA3vfBm4&authuser=1

Lyrics - https://genius.com/Laurence-okeefe-and-nell-benjamin-so-much-better-lyrics

Female Range Option #2 (Lowers Voices) - ‘There’s Always Me’ from All Shook Up (0:00 - 1:26)

Example Track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N66EA2pdzbA

Accompaniment Track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLqCHMaMPaU

Lyrics - https://www.allmusicals.com/lyrics/allshookup/theresalwaysme.htm


Please select a solo or choir piece/excerpt of your choosing that you feel best demonstrates your voice. It can literally be anything, opera, pop, choir, jazz. Do not sing more than 3 minutes, so if you choose a song that is longer than 3 minutes, choose your favorite part. Feel free to use an accompaniment track, or accompany yourself on guitar, uke, whatever is easiest. If you have the courage for just singing without accompaniment…well…you’re awesome!


Please learn & play the melody to “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” with the provided accompaniment track, as well as an improvised solo of your desired length. If you don’t know the tune, here is a recording:

The melody is from 0:09 to 0:30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzPgYo19AsQ&feature=youtu.be&t=9

Accompaniment Track (Bb blues) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ae_tBkCqeQ


Please select a solo and/or band/orchestra piece or excerpt of your choosing that you feel best demonstrates your instrumental ability. It can be from any genre of music, doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to give us an idea of your tone, articulation, dynamic flexibility, range; you know the fun stuff.

Additionally, please play 3 scales of your choosing, in two octaves. Two major scales & one minor scale would be great, and it doesn’t have to be from memory (although it should be).


Please select a solo and/or band/orchestra piece or excerpt of your choosing that you feel best demonstrates your instrumental ability. It can be from any genre of music, doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to give us an idea of your tone, articulation, dynamic flexibility, range; you know the fun stuff.

Drumset folks - feel free to play along to a track, or just play time in whatever genres you feel comfortable. We would love to have a sense of your comfort in jazz, funk, latin, rock, as well as your ability to keep time.