I would like to hear opinions on the philosophically based differences between the auditions of these institutions.
Here is my take:
What they care about and want from the student in an audition:
TMEA: Let's hear you toot your horn/bang your drum. The End.
1. What school district are you from?
2. What grade are you in?
3. If you are a senior what are your plans after HS? Perhaps college?
4. If you do plan to go to college what do you plan to major in?
I have heard of exchanges like this in a TSSEC audition/performance:
Judge: Oh, you're a senior. What are your plans for next year?
Student: I plan to attend college.
Judge: Which college?
Student [here] or [there]. Waiting to hear about acceptance and/or scholarships.
Judge: What do you plan to major in?
Student: chemical engineering.
Judge:...............Well.......I hope you make lots of money.
(correct answer: I want to be a music educator like you, sir/mam.)
You won't hear an exchange like this between a judge and a student at a TMEA audition in, well, literally 100 years.
Is one of these too streamlined?
Is one of these too broad in its interests?
Are both just about right for their intended purposes?