Music Audition Policy
On and Off-Campus 

Instrumental Music Courses (scroll down for vocal and off-campus audition policies)
In order to ensure students can meet the demands of BCA’s music ensembles, all students must qualify through an audition. It is the student’s responsibility to read any announcements, prepare, sign up, and complete the audition. Students are evaluated on a scale and solo, which are available on our website: www.bergen.org/music. Scores are valid for the student’s entire time in high school and may be applied to any instrumental ensemble.  This means that students do not have to re-audition each trimester/year. Incoming 9th graders are invited to audition in the spring when they are in good practicing form and to help facilitate a smooth transition to high school. Current BCA students auditioning for the first time (or with a score below the Concert Band qualifying score) may schedule an audition any time. Current students who wish to improve their score may only do so in June.

Audition Categories for Scales and Solo:
Interpretation- the musician performs the correct dynamics, phrasing and articulations as indicated.
Tone Quality-  pitches are performed with a clear and rich tone.
Tuning/Intonation- instrument/pitches are played in tune
Pitch- all pitches are performed accurately, without any deviation
Rhythm- all rhythms are performed accurately, without any deviation or indecisiveness

Rating Guidelines:   
1- not evident
3- approximately ¼ of the category was accurate
5- approximately half the category was accurate
7- approximately ¾ of the category was accurate
9- nearly 100% accurate, barely noticeable inaccuracy
10- completely accurate

Registration: (auditioning does not register student for music courses)
1)  Students request courses each trimester by signing up before the trimester begins on our website (sidebar: Music Registration).
     During trimester 1, students may request a course during summner or 9th Grade Orientation.
2)  Once the sign up period is over, students are selected based on available seats, audition score, and schedule.
3)  A roster of selected students is posted outside room 05 and/or emailed to all students
4)  Students may also request a seat during the add/drop period. These will be awarded by availability.

Seating in Ensembles is Determined By Audition Score and past performance in class.
- First two chairs are typically held by students in 11th and 12th grade
- First two chairs may not hold their specific seat more than 2 trimesters each year (unless there are no applicable candidates)
- Tie breaker: older student based on grade level

 

 BCA Off-Campus Music Audition Policy

Students in the Bergen County Academies have the following off-campus performance opportunities available to them through the music department. *BCA does not participate in Junior Regionals (grades 7-9).

Bergen County Chorus                       Bergen County Band               Teen-Arts Festival

*Region I Senior Band                        All-State Band                         All-Eastern Band                     All-National Band           

*Region I Senior Orchestra                All-State Orchestra                  All-Eastern Orchestra             All-National Orchestra  

*Region I Senior Chorus                     All-State Chorus                      All-Eastern Chorus                 All-National Chorus         

 

Students Must Meet All of the Following Criteria:

1) Students must qualify by their BCA audition score.

2) Students must be enrolled “in good standing” in a BCA ensemble on the corresponding instrument any of the 3 trimesters. If a student fails to participate (register) in a BCA elective on their instrument they will not be permitted to audition the next academic year and may also lose the privilege to enroll in music electives for one year.

3) Students must be in good standing with the honors organization. Those who have successfully auditioned and failed to participate may not be sponsored the following year.

4) Students must adhere to the deadline set by the BCA Music Directors, as it takes time to process applications and fees. Late applications will not be accepted or may require a late fee.

5) Applications must be signed by the student, parent, music director and school administrator. All fees are the responsibility of the student. Include the audition fee in cash, or check made out to the “Bergen County Technical Schools”.

6) Students must arrange for transportation to and from all auditions, rehearsals and performances. Parents will need to sign children out of school for these auditions and rehearsals; this is done in the main office. If you wish to car pool, prior arrangements can be made through the main office.

7) Students must carefully check their personal/academic schedules to see if there are any conflicts with the rehearsal/concert dates. Students who miss a rehearsal might be dismissed from the ensemble

8) It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the required solo (original only- no photocopies are allowed at the audition).  Bergen County Band, Bergen County Chorus, and Regional Chorus solos are available from the BCA music teachers.

9) Due to the competitive nature of the auditions, it is strongly suggested that students maintain private lessons.