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Bagpipe Audition


Audition Requirements for Bagpipe Majors

Performance Requirements:  Prepare a March, Strathspey and Reel of your own choosing.  The March should be a four part, competition caliber piece.  The Strathspey and Reel selections may be four-part pieces, or two two-parted tunes.

Prepare a piobaireachd with some type of crunluath variation.

Teaching requirements:  Be prepared to conduct a short lesson to a student (we will provide the student).  The lesson can be at any level, and the lesson plan can be of your own choosing.  The lesson should take about 20-30 minutes.

Sight reading requirements:  Be prepared to sight read a simple tune.  The tune will be at the approximate difficulty level of Athol and Breadalbane Gathering.

Writing/theory requirements: Be prepared to write out eight measures of a tune, either March, Strathspey or Reel, which will be selected by the auditioners.

Listening requirements: Be prepared to write out a piece of music that will be played several times for the candidate.

Storytelling requirements: Be prepared to tell a short story.  It doesn’t have to be about bagpipes.

Writing requirements:  Submit a short (not more than two or three pages double spaced) statement of life purpose.  Why do you want to be a bagpiper?  How do you see yourself impacting the world of bagpiping?

Provide a list of your repertoire.

Provide a brief resume of your experience as a musician

Singing requirements:  Be prepared to sing a short song of your own choosing.