Instrumental audition criteria

Categories you can enter:

Solo, Duet, Trio, Small Group, Large Group

Style that can be presented:

Classical, Contemporary, Original, Jazz and Open

Note – The different styles at the South African performing arts championships – Gauteng auditions are left very broad to allow for maximum freedom of expression using your preferred instrument. These are broadly defined as follows:

Classical

Music intended to be performed by a musical instrument or group of instruments. Use music from a classical repertoire for your particular instrument.

Jazz

Jazz is intended to be performed by a musical instrument or group of instruments. Use music from a jazz repertoire for your particular instrument.

Contemporary

Is intended to be performed by a musical instrument or group of instruments. Use music from a contemporary artist or repertoire for your particular instrument. Your instrument will be the key and that you would like to entertain the everyday audience out there. Contemporary classical music can be understood as belonging to the period that started in the mid-1970s to early 90s, which includes modernist, postmodern, neoromantic, and pluralist music.
Adult contemporary music is a style of music, ranging from 1960s vocal and 70s soft rock music to predominantly ballad-heavy music of the present day, with varying degrees of easy listening, soul, rhythm and blues, and rock influence.

Open

The open style means anything you can play. Entertain with your instrument. Think how can i impress the audience?

Original

This means your own work or work that is specifically composed for you. Not the work of an artist, but your own.

Equipment

The performer must provide all equipment they need including electrical cords and amplifiers. The organizers of the event will provide the microphones and sound system and all non-electrical stage equipment.

To remember before you audition:

  • Make sure your instrument is properly tuned before you go on stage.
  • Make sure you have all necessary cords, plugs etc. Ready for your instrument.
  • You are allowed to use a backtrack, but your instrument must be heard clearly above the back track.
  • Make sure you know your chosen songs and play the correct notes, time values and chords.
  • Enjoy your audition and play your instrument with passion.