It's Audition Time!! I thought it would be fun to talk to some of our faculty and get their thoughts. So here are their words of wisdom..
“Make sure you are tuned and warmed up before walking in to audition. Choose repertoire that you are very comfortable performing but that also shows your technical skills and musical creativity.” Steven Pologe, Professor of Cello
“Choose your music wisely. Choose music that shows what you do really well. I’d rather hear something simple and performed well, than something really hard that you can’t play. Keep in mind that you’re probably going to be nervous – so choose something that you can do even when you’re freaked out.” Brian McWhorter, Professor of Trumpet
"Be ready to perform when you enter the room. There can be a big difference between playing in the practice room and performing for an audience. Also, expect to interact verbally with the audition committee. This demonstrates maturity, personality, and provides insight into how it would be to work with you as a student." Steve Vacchi, Professor of Bassoon
“If you are nervous at your audition, breathe deeply until you feel slightly calmer. Remember that we all want you to do your best and we've all been exactly in the position you are in at the audition. We are a very sympathetic audience.” Lydia Van Dreel, Professor of Horn
"If you are unsure of what would make a good choice of repertoire for an audition, you can sometimes ask the professor. Don't be shy!" Fritz Gearhart, Professor of Violin
On a fun note, I just came across a picture from last month's Holiday Yule Ball at the UO School of Music and Dance where some undergraduates got jiggy in Aasen-Hull Hall. Great night of socializing with friends, light refreshments, dancing, and music provided by a local DJ.
Who said music students can't have fun!