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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
4:34 pm
Audition Music
Hey everyone, I hope auditions are going well for you all!
I'm preparing for an orchestral audition in May, and am having trouble finding some of the parts I need.  Anyone know where I can buy the flute parts to Shostakovich symphonies 6 and 8.  I know that they're back under copyright, but I've got to think that there is somewhere in the world where I can buy the parts.  Any ideas are greatly appreciated!


Sunday, April 15th, 2007
6:21 pm
To rent harp in Finland and Spain
Hola friends! I need your help!
May be you know finn and spanish harpists. 
I'm going to Spain from 22.04-27.04 , then to Finland from 28.04-10.05 and I need harp
It's horrible, because I have an exam at 20.05 in Moscow. I'm plaing Glier's harp concert. 
I have only 1 week to kill my problems... ((
Thursday, February 15th, 2007
10:01 am
list of pro symphs?
Hello. I'm looking for administrative positions with symphony orchestras. Does anyone know where on the internet I could find a list of all the professional symphony orchestras in the country? I figure there's some kind of association. Thanks in advance!
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
10:21 pm
All-State Auditions
From what I've read, All-State audition styles really seem to vary.  I'm from Missouri, and all we have to do is play three (given) excerpts, a major scale, and a minor scale.  Up until 3 years ago, you also had to prepare a page or so of a specified solo and 60 seconds of a chosen solo, but they got rid of this part.

I've heard people talking about it, so I'm just curious...
What are/were the auditions like for your state?
Sunday, January 7th, 2007
9:39 pm
Northwestern University
Have any of you attended (or currently attend) Northwestern University?
What was the audition process like?

I'm auditioning in February, so if anybody has any advice or anything, it would be most welcome.
I'm a violist if that makes any difference.


(X-posted to musicmajors and string_players.. Sorry!)
Thursday, July 6th, 2006
1:51 pm
Excerpt Preparation
Hi everyone,

I'm curious to see what answers I get. I'm preparing some excerpts for upcoming school ensemble auditions, and I've hit a stumbling block. How do you all prepare your excerpts? For me personally, I take about the first 2 weeks just listening to the pieces for the entire context and then begin breaking it down with a metronome.

I was lucky enough to have a prep lesson on the excerpts before the semester ended so I'm not totally clueless. I just want other people's perspectives.

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
1:40 pm
A call for violinist AND cellist...
Refer to my LJ about VIOLINST that are needed!

So...we just had a cellist leave today because his parents were in a REALLY bad car accident down in Florida and he might now be able to return. So there's now 2-3 cello spots open and is offered to anyone that can handle the rep. (it doesn't have to be PERFECT...but you should be able to learn the music because we play through a lot of music...the website has everything that we're either). If you are a cellist and can get to the Monteux School (in Hancock, ME), let me know. Again...info is on the website - www.monteuxschool.org. Please note that there are no cello "teachers" for this school, however, it's a WONDERFUL way to learn standard (and some un-standard) orchestral rep and all the orchestral players here are REALLY good (some are from Rice, Peabody, Juillard, NEC, Boston Conservatory, New World Symphony, etc). AND, if you are at all interested in conducting...I think you'll learn so much from this...that you'll be WAAYYYY ahead of the game of those others who are interested in conducting...and aren't doing anything about it :)

If you wanted to fly, the best was is to fly to Boston, then take the Concord Trailways bus to Bangor and someone can pick you up. Or...you could fly to Detroit and then to Bar Harbor, ME. However you get here...if just fine. They might be able to reimburse you for travel (no promises on that one). Leave your contact info if interested in a comment.

I have to go study Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4 before rehearsal tonight...see ya!,

PS: Did I mention that it you would get FREE tuition and housing?

x-posted in a few places :)

::EDIT:: I was just told that another bassist wouldn't hurt either :D

Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
1:05 pm
When taking an orchestral audition.
A friend of mine and myself were having a rather heated discussion on what is appropriate in an orchestral audition and what is not. Here are the two sides of debate.

Side A:

When you go into an orchestral audition which requires a very standard concerto and a load of orchestral excerpts it is best to stay on the conservative side. Meaning doing what is standard for those pieces and doing them amazingly well. This is not the place to take the liberties as soloist, meaning no out of place dynamics, using out of place rubato, even if it "feels" like it could be there. This is a different mindset when playing in orchestra versus being a soloist. You need to play the audition as if you were in the orchestra at that moment playing those excerpts, not playing a corigliano concerto independance.

Side B

It's all about passion. Orchestras are looking for people who are willing to take risks and make something new out of music that is incredibly old. I have to do anything i can to make me stand out and extremely musical. So many zombies come in and play the same way time after time, it's the person like so and so who comes in and dazzles them. It is perfectly alright to take more time, after all this is just you in the audition, there is plenty of time to play the way a conductor wants when you are in orchestra.

What do you guys think of this?
Monday, March 6th, 2006
5:58 pm
Beta Blockers
I'm taking an audition for the Portland Opera 3rd horn job later this month, and I've been considering trying Inderal for the first time. I know its a controversial topic amongst classical musicians, and I wanted to ask if anyone here uses it, and if so, what have your experiences been. Would you recommend it? How bad was your performance anxiety before using it?

cross posted to hornplayers
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
8:46 pm
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005
3:53 am
hello in there........
so, we got some peeps, let's get talking ;-) sorry i haven't been actively advertising this community, i've been busy busy (y'all know how it goes). feel free to invite anyone & advertise anywhere you see fit, i'd really like to get more people involved. um, so what's everyone working on?

Current Mood: relaxed
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
12:55 am
so.. anybody taking any auditions soon? if so, what are you being asked to play?
Thursday, July 28th, 2005
10:54 pm
Taking an audition...
Since no one has posted in here yet, I thought I would start...so I did a little "google"ing and found a few things that are of interest and importance!!

Rep list for various instrumentalists who want to take an audition:

Most important things to be aware of:
(This wesite is directed towards violinists, but it is still really good for everybody.)
and http://www.gbfa.org/orchestral_auditions.html

And a few other things that go along with auditioning...
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