WHHS Music Auditions

We look forward to you and your child becoming a part of Walnut Hills High School, and in particular a member of the music department. If your student has not had any formal musical experience prior to attending Walnut Hills, and they are entering as a 7th or 8th grader, they must register for beginning band, beginning strings, or beginning choir. If your child has already had previous musical instruction in either band, orchestra, choir, or private instruction, they must still take a music performance class, but they should audition first with the music department. This will enable us to determine their best placement in the appropriate music class.

The Music Placement Audition date will be held on a Saturday during spring semester. Please check back on the website later in the school year for the exact date. The following information will give you a brief idea of what to expect at the audition, and how to prepare:
  • Students interested in choir, but who do NOT read music, regardless of prior choir experience, are not recommended to audition and should option for beginning choir.

Audition Suggestions

Band Students: a short musical selection from a recent concert, or a selection from a method book that demonstrates the current level of material you’re working on

Orchestra Students: a short musical selection from a recent concert of excerpts from a current Suzuki or method book

Choir Students: a short musical selection from a recent concert or a solo you know from a voice lesson, a musical production, or church choir

Location & Procedures

Auditions will be held in the WHHS Music Lyceum. Auditions start at 9 a.m., and continue until 11 a.m. or until all students are processed. Closest parking is in Lot D, off of Jonathan Ave.

Time slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If also taking the math placement exam, don’t worry, there is plenty of time to do both – the audition itself does not last long. There will be an assigned warm-up room for the students, and a reception/waiting area for parents.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the auditions, or any other music related concerns – Department Chair Chris Gibson (513-363-8453; GibsChr@cps-k12.org) or Department Secretary Amy Forrester (513-363-8582; ForresA@cps-k12.org)
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