Region Audition


Students are to record their audition at home according to the following procedures and rules. Read them carefully or your video will be disqualified.

Make a video using a device with good audio. Phones tend to be better than computers, but you should test several devices to see which has the best sound. Perform your audition in a room with good acoustics, and wear nice clothes. Don’t wear apparel that identifies your school. Your video should contain the following in exactly the order it is listed:

1. First: SHOW YOUR AUDITION PASS. Write your individual audition number on the pass in clear, bold, capital letters, and hold it in front of the camera for 5 seconds for the judges to see and record your number.

2. PERFORM BOTH SCALES. Your major and minor region scale. Performed with steady quarter notes at a tempo of 80 bpm.

3. PERFORM BOTH EXCERPTS. The excerpts for your grade level and instrument at the tempo indicated on the music or by your teacher.

4. RECORD EVERYTHING IN ONE TAKE. Do not stop your video for any reason. Both scales and both excerpts must be recorded all in take with no stops, or your video will be disqualified.

5. CHECK YOUR VIDEO. Listen to the whole thing, because the judges will! Make sure the audio sounds good and everything recorded the way you want. If it didn’t, then create a new video.

6. UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO TO YOUTUBE, and set it to UNLISTED. This allows judges to see/hear your video. Your audition will be disqualified if your video is set to “private” because judges will not be able to judge the video.


8. SUBMIT THIS SAME LINK to your Canvas Assignment for the Region Audition Complete Video.

Results will take about two weeks. Students who qualify for Region may audition for All-State, even if the Region event is cancelled due to Covid cases.

Why Try Out for the Lowcountry Region Orchestra?

The Lowcountry Region Orchestra is a two-day orchestra event for the strongest string players in this region of the state. Students who participate in the Region Orchestra may audition for the South Carolina All-State Orchestra, the most talented players in the entire state. Both events are wonderful opportunities for students to perform with the finest student musicians in South Carolina and to perform under the direction of a nationally/internationally renowned conductor. College recruiters look for student accomplishments such as acceptance in to these prestigious orchestras, and these events also give students a chance to meet and make new friends around the region/state with similar interests.

How To Audition This Year (The 2020 Region Auditions will be VERY different this year, so READ CAREFULLY.)

Students will be submitting video auditions, and this page has been created to guide you through this process. It's important to know that last year our region (Lowcountry Region) was split into two regions, which means there are MANY more spots for students to make it into the Region Orchestra.

  • Audition Due Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021: Video Auditions will be recorded by the STUDENT at their own house, and must be submitted electronically by Saturday, January 9, 2021.

  • Register for the Region Audition, click SOA String Region Registration, and complete the google form.

  • Audition Requirements click here: Region Audition Excerpt Link. After clicking the link, select the appropriate instrument and grade level. Required Scales are posted in the top left corner of each audition excerpt page. Contact Dr. Selby if you have trouble with the link.

  • Region Event Information: The Region Rehearsals and Concert will be located in the new auditorium and facility at James Island Charter High School on February 19-20, 2021. We will keep an eye on the pandemic and district rules, and will continue to make adjustments accordingly. Even if the Region Event is postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, students who qualify for Region Orchestra will receive Region Recognition at the end of the year, and will be eligible to try out for All-State orchestra.