Music Opportunities/Audition Information

Mandatory Audition Requirement for current DSA Bands students:


The 2016 Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Dr. Matthew Spieker
Overture from Zampa, Ferdinand Hérold
Chanson de Matin, Edward Elgar
Chanson de Nuit, Edward Elgar
Symphony No. 4, movement IV, Jean Sibelius

The 2016 Symphonic Orchestra will be conducted by Mr. Thomas Wilson
In the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Part 1, Michael Gandolfi
Symphony #2, “Mysterious Mountain,” Alan Hovhaness

The audition deadline for 2016 is Friday, November 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Any submissions after this date and time will not be accepted.


Wind, Brass, and Percussion must submit the required materials for the Colorado All State Band audition (varies per instrument).

Each audition must be one MP3 or MP4 audio file. WAV, AIFF, or .band (GarageBand) files will not be accepted, and your audition may be disqualified. For help with converting your audio file to the correct format, please email us for assistance.

Completed sanction form (with teacher, student, and principal signatures) and student audition fees ($25 each student) must also be completed. By signing the form you are ensuring the academic eligibility of the students. You may also scan and submit your sanction form to or simply upload it to the Dropbox. The sanction form is posted below.

The audition deadline for 2016 is Friday, November 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Any submissions after this date and time will not be accepted.


CD’s, tapes, or other taped mailings are not accepted.
Announcements, audible metronomes, or accompaniment of any kind will result in an audition disqualification.
After auditions are submitted, they are anonymously coded so that the judges do not know the identity of the student.
This is to protect the integrity of the audition process.

Click HERE for online student registration (required of all students submitting an audition):

Kyle Rupley, Chair
Colorado All State Orchestra


All State Band auditions will happen the first week of December.  We want as many DSA Band Juniors and Seniors to audition as possible this year.  Let’s put DSA on the All State Map!  See info sheets, audition times and locations, audition materials and requirements below:

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Wesley Ferreria of CSU helps clarinets audition for Colorado All State:

Instructional videos to help students prepare for honor band auditions:


Trumpet:  Critical Points to Consider When Practicing Scales and Arpeggios on the TrumpetMore Thoughts on Trumpet Scale Practice

Music Career Salaries Berklee College of Music


All State Jazz 2015-16 Information

All DSA high school Band students who have had jazz experience at the school are recommended to apply.  Read all information carefully, students who do not complete all requirements will be disqualified.

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GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session 2015-16

  • Program selects up to 30 top high school instrumentalists and singers.
  • Selectees receive an all-expenses paid trip to the host city of the GRAMMYs
  • Eligible for more than $2 million in scholarships from College Partners

Steps to Apply:

1)      Visit and review requirements

2)      See the instructions and fill out online application: or

Other Local Performance Opportunities