Instrumental Music Audition Instructions

Section One: The Artistic Interview

Each applicant should discuss the following statements conversationally on the audition. Please do not have someone "interview" you. The applicant should be alone. Be creative, within reason. Use this interview time to reveal your personality, interests, experiences, and passions. The judges want to know "who you are." However, the material you include on your audition must be in good taste. Please speak clearly.

  • State your name.
  • What instrument do you play? If more than one, list them in order of preference.
  • What do you find most interesting about instrumental music?
  • List your instrumental music experience over the last two years, including school and community experiences.
  • What is your favorite piece of instrumental music? Why?

Section Two: The Artistic Performance

  • Introduce and present two selections of contrasting style. Do not use ensemble literature. Each selection should demonstrate your musical proficiency, and neither should be parts from all-region or all-state tryout material. Choose pieces that display your range and talent as an intrumentalist. You may be accompanied if you wish, but be sure that the instrument you are playing comes through clearly on the audition.
  • One of the following should be considered your primary instrument, and performed first on your audition recording: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe,  English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Harp, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Bass Trombone, Tympani, Snare Drum, Mallets, or Piano. You may also play a selection on a secondary instrument if you wish to play that instrument during Arkansas Governor's School.
  • Please note: Students accepted into AGS in Instrumental Music playing Euphonium, Saxophone, Piano, or Harp should be aware that these instruments are not used in every piece. Students might be asked to play a secondary instrument if they play one, or they may be utilized in the percussion section. Pianists should be aware that although solo opportunities do exist at AGS, their primary function is to play keyboard parts in the large ensemble.
  • Be careful not to stand too close to the recorder as it distorts the sound. Also, make sure the piano (if you are using one) is in tune.