Audition Daily Blog, The Sequel – part 01

Okay, here’s the deal . . . After going through all the preparation, the good times and the bad times, for the last set of auditions (tl;dr version: worked hard, blogged daily–often more optimistically than I expected, took auditions and didn’t advance, was glad I tried), I’m preparing again. I described this a bit in my previous blog post.

Today’s entry is being written in the morning of January 13, 2016. Over the last few evenings, I have been looking at the repertoire for the Grant Park audition. It’s all pretty familiar, the kinds of things that appear on most of the orchestral audition lists that I have seen. Beethoven 5, third movement. Mahler 2. Brahms. The dreaded Strauss Heldenleben excerpts. Mozart 35 and 40. And more. So beginning the preparation is a bit of a trip down memory lane.

But that’s not necessarily a good thing.

There are a lot of old fingerings and bowings marked in my parts. And I fear that there are a lot of bad habits ‘marked’ in my brain for these excerpts. So I’m uncomfortable just jumping in and playing them: am I reinforcing old habits that might not serve me now? And I’m uncomfortable treating them all as new: after all, I know them, and there is a fair amount of work to do–if I go too slowly I might not be ready in time.


But it’s okay. I felt that way for the Lyric audition. I’m not sure how clearly that came across in my blog posts, but it’s true. And in the end, I didn’t feel terrible about the outcome–not just the audition, but the improvement I made in my own playing. And I’m starting more aggressively, earlier this time. And I’m doing at least one big thing that I should have done last time: get lessons and encouragement from a colleague. So in spite of my worries, I am optimistic for a positive outcome this time.

I’m not going to blog every day, not right now anyway. But maybe every few days. I also won’t be posting announcements on all the social media in the way that I had been. (Although I will continue to use the WordPress Jetpack “publicize” feature, I will not then re-post those notices on various sites.) I know that I picked up a few (*ahem,* two, I’m pretty sure) followers during my last series of posts. I did find that I got a lot out of the support that came from readers of those posts. If you enjoyed reading them, please consider letting some of your friends know about this blog. I’d love to hear from people! Get them to subscribe, or even to sign up on the CBE mailing list. Submit your comments!

Thanks everyone! I have to admit I like roller coasters, and this is likely to be a roller coaster ride again.


2 Responses to “Audition Daily Blog, The Sequel – part 01”

  1. Leah says:

    Looking forward to reading anout tjis new adventure!

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