My audition for band is today at 6:05. I only decided about 4 days ago to actually audition. I wanted to leave band out to get a little more work time in. My professor notified me that she recommended me to take a half lesson with the new Asst. Professor that we got this year. So, I felt a little obligated as she chose me amongst few others as hard working, talented students. I have worked really hard in the past 4 days to get my audition up to snuff, and I finally think it's there. We have to play the Concerto for Flute Mvt. 2 by Franz Benda memorized. It was originally written for Violin in d minor. We also have to play orchestral excerpts. It will be nerve-wracking if she asks for Daphnis et Chloe (because in 4 days at least one thing can't be great), but in the chance that she asks for Petrouchka...I will be ready! There are, of course, about 9 other excerpts she could choose from...but I have my hopes for Petrouchka. I will let you know how it goes. Last Fall I ended up playing clarinet in the Concert Band (which is the middle one of the three)...last spring I played flute in the top band (eventhough I was last chair of 6), and this semester I am shooting for Orchestra. Think of me at around 6:15 (since our auditions always run late!)
my audition was great, but sheasked for Daphnis etChloe...lol. The good part was that it is the first excerpt...the 32nd notes at MM 155. So, it wasn't the main solo. I also had to playDvorak 8'sexcerpt. That was pretty good, just a little bobble in the last set of runs. The Benda was magnificent and memorized. YAY! I'll let you know what happens with chairs in a couple days. Let's hope I made the Orchestra!
I got 3rd chair in the top band, and although it's not Orchestra...I auditioned better than every other person who isn't a Junior or Senior Performance player...except for my best flute friend at school who got 2nd chair and is Music Ed. I am quite pleased, and I know I'll be playing in the orchestra next year after the 5 Senior Performance players leave...lol I was definitely less stressed this time than in previous auditions. My professor said I have improved a great deal since last fall, and has asked me to work on the full Benda Concerto from memory which is a piece on the junior/senior rep list this semester.
3rd chair is still in, and really, IME, if you're in the top three, it's good enough, since most times the top two or three are changing off for each other as needed or reinforcing each other.(ego and such aside - heh)
oh i know Kate! Thanks! No recount needed. I know I didn't deserve first. I heard the other two, and they were pretty darned impressive. I knew they would beat me, but I didn't hear everyone so I thought others would keep me out of first part, but I guess not!