Dear Young Artist,
Never forget that playing music should be fun! As you begin your preparation for your All-State audition, keep these big principles in mind.
- Make sure to highlight the characters and mood of each excerpt.
- Make every effort to play with the greatest amount of variety and range.
- Always think about playing vocally. One can do this by asking, "How would a great singer sing this melody?"
- Always keep your melodic line perfectly intact. This means always make sure that every note you play creates a continuous musical line with no notes sticking out and every note contributing to making melodies both beautiful and soaring.
- Make sure that your interpretation fully tells the "story" of what you are trying to communicate to the listener.
In closing, I do hope that you find these comments and the ones below helpful. Finally,
wishes of great success in all your future endeavors.
Assistant Professor of Oboe, University of the South Carolina
Performance notes below by Professor Emeritus Dr. Rebecca Nagel.
Junior Oboe: Audition Solo 1A, Grazioso
- The marking “cantabile” means singing – so imagine you are singing when you play the solo.
- Pay attention to dynamics and articulations. Be sure mf is louder than mp, and f is the loudest of them all.
- Follow the ups and downs of the melody to make an interesting musical line.
- The E-flat in mm. 11 is a non-harmonic note in G major. That makes it especially interesting, so emphasize it with sound and vibrato.
- The staccato quarter notes should be longer than the staccato eighth notes.
Clinic Oboe: Audition Solo 2A, Andantino cantabile
- The marking “cantabile” means singing – so imagine you are singing when playing the solo.
- Pay particular attention to rhythm and subdivision of the beat; be sure you feel clearly the difference between the 8th, triplet and 16th notes. Practice with a metronome!
- The 6/8 section that starts in m. 9 should sound sprightly and light.
- Use vibrato and a slight lengthening of the notes to bring out the tenuto markings in measures 4, 32 and 33.
- You will need to use either the forked or left F (if your oboe has that key) in a
number of places: measures 3, 10, 34 (ending a), and 36 (ending b).
Senior Oboe: Audition Solo 3A, Andante appassionato
- Start piano, and follow the contour of the line for melodic shape; in other words, get a little louder as the line goes up and softer as it goes down.
- Accelerate noticeably in measure 9, and keep the dynamic strong through measures 11 and 12.
- Giocoso means playful, so play with that in mind starting in measure 14. Pay lots of attention to the dynamic changes and accents.
- In the b ending, the eighth note value stays the same throughout. Start the 5/8 section in exactly the same tempo, and then get faster.
Download these performance notes [PDF].