Kelly Vaneman: "Play" for solo oboe & audience
for solo oboe and audience
by Kelly Vaneman
As the title indicates, this is supposed to be a fun piece for both the player and the audience. You can go about getting the audience to perform its part in a number of ways- by writing program notes, by explaining (and possibly even rehearsing) the audience instructions just before performing the entire piece or between each movement, or by simply using hand signals and demonstration. You could, if necessary, even bypass the audience entirely, instead having a small group perform the audience part from the stage. You'll want to be flexible in how you decide to include the audience- different audiences have different expectations and comfort levels.