Audition Daily Blog, The Return – part 1

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra has announced openings for two section double bass positions.

So here we go again 🙂

In spite what might sound like a cynical tone to those opening lines, I’m looking forward to this audition. I worked hard and made good progress in getting ready for the Grant Park audition and the Lyric Opera Orchestra before that. I feel–not exactly optimism or confidence, but resolve I guess, to do well this time around.

The last time I auditioned for Elgin was, well, a long time ago. Jason Heath and I made the final. I had returned just three days earlier from a several-weeks-long trip to France and hadn’t touched my instrument that entire time. Jason won the audition and has played in Elgin all this time. Since he has recently moved to San Francisco, one of these spots is his the one that should have been mine all along.

I downloaded the repertoire list a few days ago. It’s much shorter than those that I’ve been preparing. “Easy.” I said to myself and set it on my music stand, while I attended to finishing up some recording (hire me for your project on

This morning I woke up and realized, hazily, that I had made a mistake. I have no right to call any of that audition material “easy.” I have never yet demonstrated mastery of that music. It is familiar, not easy.

So back to work. The audition is scheduled for September 6, 2016.

I’ll blog from time to time…posting frequency will increase with a) encouragement from readers and b) decreasing distance to the audition date. Leave a comment! Tell a friend to follow along or to subscribe to the blog!


2 Responses to “Audition Daily Blog, The Return – part 1”

  1. Leah says:

    Looking forward to your posts. It was great to get to hear you play in person in June!

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