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Audition prep

Finally, there’s an opening in the Navy band in DC! I’m trying not to be too overzealous about it…I have to win it first. Since the last few auditions haven’t really worked out that great I’m determined to approach this audition in a new way. One of my colleagues (who is actually going up to […]

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Pre-audition thoughts

So lets see…its been almost three years since I’ve taken any kind of audition.  Wow that’s crazy!  Time has flown by since I’ve been in the Navy.  Tomorrow I’m headed to Washington, D.C. once again to be one of the probably hundred clarinetists to take the President’s Own audition.  This time is going to be quite […]

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Great post

Here’s a great post from James Zimmerman and the Clarinet Jobs blog regarding taped rounds for auditions. It brings up a lot of interesting points…even though I’m not really in the audition scene anymore, it would have possibly saved me quite a bit of time and money if many of the organizations I auditioned […]

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Government shutdown and humidity

As of my last post, my schedule was pretty ridiculous…I was not looking forward to being so busy.  Well, since my last post, our awesome congress decided to let the government shut down.  Luckily, we are still being paid, but there’s no money for gas for our vehicles to get to gigs!  So we are […]

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Good things coming?

Lately I’ve been struggling to be motivated to practice something that’s not ensemble music.  Because, let’s be honest, that stuff doesn’t always make you better (unless its Grainger’s Molly on the Shore!  Haha…I played the solo part a few weeks ago at a wind ensemble concert – talk about sweating bullets!).  But finally some great […]

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Finally being taken seriously!

Wow this week has been busy! I feel like I’m back in school…well, minus the homework. I started rehearsals again with the Virginia Wind Symphony, had craziness and gigs galore at work, and to top it all off I had my audition with the principal clarinetist of the Virginia Symphony, Patti Carlson. The highlight of […]

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Long time no see, excerpts…

This week I whipped out my Hadcock book for the first time in…I don’t even know because its been that long! I have an opportunity to play for the principal clarinetist of the Virginia Symphony at the end of the month to possibly get on the sub list, so I need to brush up on […]

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Audition season!

Its that time of year again.  In the academic music world, early spring means one thing…school auditions!  Seniors (both in college and high school) are playing auditions that will let them know how they will be spending the next few years of their life, whether its in an undergraduate or graduate program, or something else.  […]

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slow, slow, and more slow

The last couple weeks I’ve been really getting focused on this Navy Band audition.  I’m the type of person that believes that everything happens for a reason – I try to find the positive result of every negative situation.  I think that there is a reason that I’m having to wait until May to join […]

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My directorial debut????

First off, Happy Thanks giving!  Ben and I were lucky enough to spend time with our friend Andy and his family for the holiday in Syracuse.  It was really great!  And I had my first garbage plate ever on Wednesday night.  I guess I couldn’t leave Rochester without having one!  Anyway…. For the past week […]