Adjudication Information - Music

Applicants will read and be familiar with the program description for the 2017 Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts. Applicants should be sure that their compositions are legal to use under copyright law.
Numerous Web sites make available public domain art songs which can be printed freely. Two such sites are http://www.cpdl.org/ and http://artsongcentral.com/.

  1. All music applicants will perform two (2) contrasting prepared selections (2-3 minutes each) and a brief sight- reading exercise. The use of any form of accompaniment for instrumental music will not be allowed. Vocalists must provide their own accompanists and should not perform unaccompanied. The use of taped accompaniment will not be allowed. Memorization of music will not be required. Applicant must furnish two
    (2) sets of music: one for adjudicators, one for applicant use during audition. The repertoire should be set at a medium level of difficulty or higher. Compositions for auditions will be selected by the applicant from the standard solo repertoire for his/her instrument or voice within the following guidelines:
    Instrumentalists may select materials from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association's (VBODA) Manual Solo Listings in grades IV, V, and VI; however, selections are not limited to those on these lists. In addition, applicants will be required to perform three (3) scales selected by the judges from the twelve major and twelve minor scales (any form of minor will be acceptable). All scales should conform to the practical playing range of the applicant's instrument.

    Percussionists will be required to present one of their two (2) prepared selections on a mallet instrument, to perform three (3) scales from the twelve major scales on a mallet percussion instrument, and to play snare drum rudiments. Large percussion instruments will be furnished ONLY upon request. The division gifted education coordinator or private school contact must notify the adjudication director of needed percussion instruments when the names of adjudicants are submitted on November 24, 2016.

    Pianists and harpists should select two (2) pieces representative of two different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century). In addition, applicants will be required to perform three (3)
    scales selected by the judges from the twelve major and twelve minor scales (any form of minor will be acceptable). Pianists will perform scales hands together, four (4) octaves.

    Vocalists should select material from the Art Song (standard recital literature), Opera, or standard "Broadway Show" repertoire. Applicants should select two (2) songs of contrasting style periods and moods. In addition, applicants will be required to perform a series of vocal exercises (including scales) provided by the judges. Sopranos and altos must indicate voice part I or II on the application where indicated.
  2. Scales for instrumentalists and pianists will be requested by key name, not concert pitch, and should be played at the following tempo:
    Wind Instruments
    MM e = 60 performed in eighth note patterns (slur up, tongue down)
    String Instruments
    MM e = 60 eighth note patterns. Ascending: 2 slurred, 2 martelé; Descending: 4 slurred. Piano
    MM e = 80, 4 octaves, parallel in sixteenth note patterns Melodic Percussion
    MM e = 60, 2 octaves performed in eighth note patterns
  3. Auditions are scheduled for ten (10) minutes.
  4. Instrumentalists will be judged on technique, interpretation, tone, intonation, sight-reading, and scales.
  5. Vocalists will be judged on technique, interpretation, tone, intonation, musical effect, sight-reading, and diction.
  6. Applicants will be asked questions with reference to their art form and their role in group learning.