rediculous

I hate it when I get excited about an audition, and then I discover I can’t take it. For instance, I just found out about a second/Eb audition in Boise, ID. I was like sweet! Time to get back in to the audition game. But then I discovered a plane ticket to Boise would cost me $500. FAIL.

Also, a couple weeks back I sent in my resume for the Central City Opera audition in May, and not even six hours after I emailed my resume, I got this response:

Dear Sandy,

Thank you for your interest in Central City Opera. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, it is impossible to hear all applicants. After reviewing your resume it has been decided not to extend an audition invitation to you.

Wishing you the very best in your future musical endeavors,

Mr. xxxxxxxx, Orchestra Manager and Assistant to the Music Director


Seems a little too fast of a response for me to believe that anyone actually looked at my resume. Whatever, they don’t know what they are missing out on!

Speaking of downers, I applied for an audition with the LA Chamber Orchestra. Here is the list (if you can believe it):

1st movement exposition from the Mozart Clarinet Concerto K. 622 Entire
2nd movement of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto K. 622

Beethoven Symphony No. 4, op. 60 , II. Complete, IV. measures 297 – 300
Beethoven Symphony No. 6, op. 68 I. measures 474 – 492, II. measures 69 – 77, III. measures 114 – 133
Beethoven Symphony No. 8, op. 93: III. trio
Brahms Serenade No. 1 in D, op. 11: I. measures 12 – 23 and measure 550 – end, II. measures 9 – 28, III. measures 7 – 16
Copland Appalachian Spring (13 instrument version): 5 measures after # 6 – 2 measures after # 9, from # 17 – 3 measures after # 18, from # 23 – # 28, from # 38 – 1 measure before 42, pickup to # 55 – 3 measures before 57
Haydn Symphony No. 99 in E flat : complete
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream: scherzo
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, op. 56: II. complete
Mozart Symphony No. 39, K. 543: III. Complete, IV. complete
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2, op. 27: II. 6 measures before # 46 – #47
Schubert Symphony No. 3 in D: I. measure 10 – 36, pickup to measure 178 – measure 186, II. measure 37 to measure 69
Strauss Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme: No. 4. # 42 – # 44, pickup to # 48 – 5 measures after # 51, No. 8. beginning to # 61, # 64 – end

2nd CL Brahms Serenade No. 1 in D, op. 11: I. measures 550 – end, II. measures 9 – 28, III. measures 9 – 16
2nd CL Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture: measure 206 – 217
2nd CL Ravel Rhapsodie Espagnole: cadenza
2nd CL Strauss Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme: No. 4. # 42 – #44, No. 8. beginning – measure , # 64 – end
2nd CL Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, op. 64: I. beginning to measure 37

E-Flat Copland Music for the Theatre: I. complete, II. complete
E-Flat Ravel Piano Concerto in G: complete
E-Flat Ravel Bolero: solo

Bass CL Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 1: 2 measures after #28 – 2 measures before #31, #34 – 1 measure before #35, 1 measure after #62 – #63, 1 measure before #78 – #79, 1 beat before #91 – #92, 2 measures after #101 – 2 measures before #102, 2 measures after #105 – downbeat of #106
Bass CL Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, op. 99: II. # 23 – 13th measure of # 24, III. # 26 – 8th measure of # 26
Bass CL Stravinsky The Rite of Spring: #11 – #13, #48 – #49, #140 – #142

2nd CL Mozart Divertimento for 2 clarinets and bassoon K. 229
Beethoven Quintet in E flat for Piano and Winds, op. 16, I. complete, II. complete

Keep in mind this is a chamber orchestra with only 14 performances a year. I’m not sure the job would be worth all the effort that would need to be put in for the audition, but that’s my opinion. The main reason that I’m not taking the audition is because of the bass clarinet stuff – don’t have one, and don’t have time to learn the exerpts even if I did have one. I was a little bummed.

I also recently applied for the Cleveland Opera audition, and I can’t take that one for the same reason: bass clarinet excerpts are required! Boo for that. Makes me wish that I could afford to buy a bass! I was extremely bummed when I discovered I would not be able to take this audition, mostly because it would be an easy one to take. Cleveland is only a four hour drive away from Rochester!

I’m still hoping for a good audition to come along soon, I’m definitely feeling the itch to get back in the game. And who knows, maybe that Navy thing from my previous post will work out!

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