Auditions – 2020

Garfield High School has three Orchestras – Freshman Strings, Concert, and Symphony – and two Bands – Concert and Symphonic. Auditions are required for Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Concert Orchestra Wind Section. Auditions are not required for Freshman Strings, Concert Orchestra Strings (grades 10-12), or Concert Band (grades 9-12).

Audition Requirements:

  1. For 2020-2021, auditions will follow the format of the All-Northwest Honors Auditions. Materials are posted to the NAfME Website. For each instrument, the audition consists of the following four tracks with an optional fifth track described below:
    • One or Two Scales (depending on the instrument)
    • Two or Three Excerpts (depending on the instrument, for a total of four tracks)
      • Some wind parts are given an optional secondary instrument excerpt for track 5 (piccolo, contrabassoon, e-flat clarinet, etc.). This is not required for the Garfield Audition.
    • An optional recording of a one-minute solo selection of your choice.
  2. Students need to submit their audition as audio recordings. These recordings are due by Friday, May 15 at 11:59pm. Recordings can be sent anytime between now and May 15th.

More details and instructions on how to submit recordings can be found here.

Mr. Kolk’s Distance Learning Availability

Attached is Mr. Kolk’s availability schedule. He will be available to assist with assignment work for classes based on this schedule. He can be reached through email ( and Schoology messages in real time, and is available for pre-scheduled videoconferences via Microsoft Teams (accessible through Schoology).