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Dear Young Artist,
Never forget that playing music should be fun! Keep these “big ideas” in mind as you prepare for your All-State audition.

  • Make sure to highlight the characters and moods of each solo.
  • Strive to play each solo 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 making 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.
  • Ensure your interpretation fully tells the “story” of what you are trying to communicate to the listener.

Junior Oboe: Audition Solo 1B, Moderato

  • This solo is marked quarter note= 92, so make sure not to play too slowly. 
  • 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.
  • Make sure to put some “heat” on the G-flat in m. 15 to create greater musical interest. 
  • In m. 17 and m. 19, make sure to go for the accents while holding the overall forte dynamic through the phrase.
  • Finally, make sure to “overdue” the diminuendo in the final measure to ensure the listener does not miss it. 

Clinic Oboe: Audition Solo 2B, Moderato 

  • The opening melody of this solo should be played dolce with a round singing tone. 
  • In m. 4 and m. 5, make sure to “lean” on the D-flats to keep suspense and tension in your melodic line. 
  • In m. 7, trying to decrescendo an ascending melodic line can be tricky. To make this easier, start loud, lose volume gradually, and end quietly. 
  • In m. 8, have fun with the interplay between D-natural and D-flat.
  • The 6/8 section that starts in m. 9 should sound animated and light.
  • PRO-TIP: Don’t forget to use vibrato in the fast music!
  • Play the figure in m. 16 and when repeated with a sense of “sneakiness.” Here you should try to charm your listener and make them smile. 
  • In both endings, make sure to regain the calm composure of the opening moderato theme. In the “b” ending, use the ritardando in the final measure to create a charming “farewell” to your listener. 

Senior Oboe: Audition Solo 3B, Allegretto

  • Make sure to check the tempo of this solo with a metronome. The tempo is slower than you think!
  • Keep the opening material light and playful.
  • In m. 5, make sure to come in on the second eighth note of the bar.
  • The Andantino section that starts in m. 9 should sound romantic, broad, and showcase a wide dynamic palate.
  • PRO-TIP: Tongue the first of every grace-note grouping so that they can be heard clearly and well. 
  • Make sure to advance the volume from the crescendo marked in m. 13 until the end of m. 14
  • Use the chromaticism in m. 15 and 16, to create musical interest and suspense.
    In m. 18, take your time on the downward slur.
  • Make sure to bring out the accents in both endings so the rhythm can come alive.

In closing, I do hope that you find these comments helpful. Finally, wishes of great success in all your future endeavors.

-Hassan Anderson
Assistant Professor of Oboe, University of the South Carolina

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