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bp_oboist


Member Since: 14 Jun 2007
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hey ! i`m a freshman in high school (09-10), and i focus on oboe and english horn. i recently picked up french horn, my first brass instrument, and absolutely love it. I`m currently in 3 orchestras. TRYPO (awaiting seating auditions for the new season), USC Chamber Orchestra (2nd oboe/English horn probably), and an alternate to PYSO (I beat out two juniors in high school for that position :D) I also enjoy composing music for my school concert band as well as conducting.
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oboe, english horn, e flat clarinet, french horn, composing, conducting, orchestraaaaaa, band, swimming, siberian huskies, friends, the usual stufff.





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Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, Mvt. 1 - Oboe 1, solo 1
Oboe solo 1 from Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra Mvt. 1 ; Measures 154-175


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JazzOboe
Ahh... I'm wondering whether or not I should do the orchestra this season... October and November (maybe even December if our band moves on enough) we have marching band competitions every Saturday, and then I have Orchestra concerts Sundays. That's too much being two completely different instruments and different music...

I'm thinking of waiting until the next season to do the Orchestra. Since I made this audition they'll keep my place for next season... I don't know.
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Yay! I made it into the orchestra! The letter just came a little while ago in the mail! Whoo, I'm relieved!
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Yeah. A lesson that I recently learned is that if you have a lot on your plate, you won't be able to do your best. So be sure to do as much as you can, but don't be afraid to say no if you're already packed.
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Wow! That's a LOT! I'm not sure I have that much going on, but it's enough to pack my schedule. I can't imagine how hard all of that must be to get done!
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Thanks! Yeah, with this orchestra there are no alternate spots, but I've already made it in before, so I know I'm good enough. There was just one more old person that tried out, I guess, haha. And like I said if I don't make it, it really will be easier, because I had a hard time even deciding whether or not I should audition, my schedule is so packed!
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Ahh, nope. I'm starting to worry, too.
But the thing is, I'm auditioning against mostly seniors and college students, so it's great if I get in at all, if I don't make it this year, then that might be even better, because I will have orchestra concerts and marching band competitions on the same weekends. o.O
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Haha yup. I actually got a lesson with my band director today! He was a music major and a genius in my opinion. Trumpet is him main instrument, so he helped a LOT. My dad was a music major too, he's just as good as my band director, but he doesn;t work with music now. I would have him give me lessons, but he's been overseas the whole summer so it hasn't worked out.
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Yup, that's the problem with me, too. I'm having trouble getting a constant air stream, though it's improving. It's not sounding too pretty. xD I need to play with a tuner just to make sure that I'm hitting the right notes with my mouth. :\ But I guess it's better than nothing.
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Eh, well enough. What's your aim?

Brass instruments are HARD. :\
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Hey! I know, it's been FOREVER, hasn't it?! Congratz on making the orchestra! I just auditionedfor my orchestra, and I don't know how I did yet. Guess what? ..... I'm learning to play the trumpet! It's for marching band. I'm teaching myself, and I only have 2 months to learn it, but I know I can do it.

Do you have a yahoo, by any chance? You need to download the messenger.
5 years ago

oboegirl
oh i see. I really hope I get 1st chair oboe this year lol. Playing 2nd is ok, but I have been practicing like crazy lately so I hope I get 1st chair! :D
5 years ago

oboegirl
You had two english horn players? I think I'm the only one this year because the only other person who played it graduated.
5 years ago

oboegirl
haha I cant wait until youth symphony starts up in the fall (I just found out I made it in today!) I'm pretty sure I made it for english horn too, so there should be some really cool english horn music! This year we are doing capriccio espagnol, so I hope we play the 2nd movement with the english horn solo!
5 years ago

oboegirl
That sounds cool! I need to start finding some more english horn music to play lol. Right now I only have one solo book and Quiet City by Copland.
5 years ago

oboegirl
Actually, it is just called "Sonata" and it's by Telemann. It wasn't originally written for the english horn.
5 years ago

oboegirl
Hi, I haven't talked to you in a while. I finally put up a video of me playing.
5 years ago

JazzOboe
Wow. That's really cool! I really hope you get in.
So, that's the PA Youth Symphonic Orchestra?
Just a guess.

When I tried out for my youth orchestra, I had about three days to learn all of my material on a new oboe. Ack! And I came down with a nasty cold just the day before the audition.
But I still made it in! Yay. I didn't make it into the top orchestra, because they were already full, but my judge didn't even have to wait to mail me back, he just said "You're in!"

I'm sure you'll make it, because from you're videos, it sounds like you're just as good, if not better than me.
6 years ago

JazzOboe
Well, I KNOW that I would drop out of band if I could, but we don't have an orchestra at my school, and for the philharmonic orchestra, you need to be in your school music program to be accepted. Well, unless you're homeschooled.
6 years ago

JazzOboe
It does. The music is just so much emptier, because there are so many moving parts and harmonies that are left out. I often have to play weird moving notes that no one else is playing (which isn't a bad thing) because the other moving parts and the actually INTERESTING melodies have been left out.

Haha, I guess it was pretty much the same for me, too. In 6th grade, I knew that I liked music, but I still didn't have the music ear, and didn't know what good music was, and I wasn't that serious about it. Let's just say, I sucked. xD But I didn't know it at the time. I was good compared to others, but they couldn't care less about music, really.

In 7th grade, I didn't even know if I wanted to do band again or not, but I did, and I realized that I now had a band director that would whip you until you got it right, instead of babying, you.So, I really HAD to kick in to overdrive. I fell in love with the oboe, got a great music ear, and here I am.

Lookie there, I wrote a novel! xD
6 years ago

JazzOboe
Yeah. And I forgot to mention that we only have alto sax. He thinks he's like the best director in the state, yet he's too chicken to have anything beyond your basic instruments?

You're right! It's because with the oboe, you have those really hard things to overcome, like the air and the mouth. But once you get past that whole double reed and intonation thing, you can really stretch your limits as a musician.

So you're exactly right, you're either really bad, or you're really good, because anyone who can get past the suckish parts of the oboe can learn to vibrato in time, and do other awesome stuff.
6 years ago




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