The first audition up is January 22nd, 2010. University of Maryland.
I chose the University of Maryland for a number of reasons. It’s a good school, and the teacher, Sue Heinemen, is great. I’ve already had a lesson with her, and I know what I am in for, if I go study with her. Also, while I am attending Peabody Conservatory now, the proximity to another good school was too good to resist. It would have been silly of me not to audition there.
The mission, if I wish to accept it: (taken straight from the UMD website)
Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts
- A first movement of a major concerto or similar work
- Three-five standard orchestral audition excerpts (only required for those auditioning for Orchestral Assistantships)
- Other repertoire (which may include solos, etudes, or excerpts) of the auditionee’s choice, if needed, to fill out a program of 30 minutes for the MM and 60 minutes for the DMA. Selected portions will be heard
So, here’s the plan.
I have 24 days to complete said rep, before the audition so, wish me luck!
Ravel; Bolero, Stravinsky; Rite of Spring, Strauss; Death and Transfiguration, Tchaikovsky; Symphony No. 4, Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade.
Mozart; Bassoon Concerto K191, first movement with self-written cadenza (yay!) I wish I could write an atonal one…but PK would probably frown on that.
Francaix; Divertissement for Bassoon
Piazzolla; Le Grand Tango for Cello and Piano.
Carter; Retracing for solo bassoon ( I may change this one soon….keep you posted)
I hope this all works out to the best of my abilities….24 days is a short time, but most of the excerpts are already worked up. Time flies fast, though!