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8/30/19 10:53 A

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Sometimes, things happen out of my control and sometimes it's my fault. So it has been a while since I auditioned for anything. It's been 2 years. I forgot to look for the application and then send in a check in time. It is the last day today and I realize that they needed the check on or before today... so I have learned from this experience that I need to keep my La Scala Di Seta and Le Tombeau up to speed and prepared to play at any moment. I will not let those excerpts get away from me. Auditions are hard enough. It seems silly to not get to an audition because of a check but so it is.... I have been asked to play a solo with the orchestra in 2020 and I will do it. I will work on that instead. I don't like being in front of an orchestra but last year I really liked it, as I was super prepared and worked over an hour a day just on that piece, not on reed making or other orchestra pieces. I was consistent and it was a success. It was a lot of work though. But what have I got to do?

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8/27/19 9:57 A

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September 5,6,7, audition date.


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8/5/19 12:55 P

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Auditions are always stressful. Stressful situations cause symptoms in your body to react in a flight or fight reaction. No stress or less stress can help you lose weight, according to Spark. I was preparing for an audition in August. I have no intention of taking the job. So I stopped with the audition music and canceled the audition. I practice now to continue with the 2 orchestras I am already in and the Woodwind quintet I perform in . The audition itself did not give me stress, it was the people that are in the orchestra and the realization of the commitment of time I was going to give to them. It pays nothing and they are not the happiest of people and to be honest because they think that they are doing you a favor by offering the job to you. I don't need it and maybe it would make someone else much happier to have it. That's the truth. It's not always pretty, but it is how I feel.

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7/15/19 9:24 A

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Audition coming up in August. This will be a low stress audition. It is for a position that does not get paid, and I was already asked by the conductor to attend. I basically got it. I just have to show up.

Something that I never knew until later in my life is the conductor has to be interested in you for you to have a shot at it. I always thought it should be an "across the board" fairness. A Cinderella story really. It doesn't work that way. Things I said no to in my career and should have said yes to were my mistake. I wanted to WIN the audition that I wanted. I was slow on figuring out how this music career stuff worked. I am an idealist and a dreamer. I am not a people networking person and didn't understand what was the true reality of it.

This should have been figured out when in 1994 I attended a music camp in New York. The assistant conductor there liked me tremendously and could see I was a seasoned player by a few more years than my colleagues there. I worked very hard. The main conductor who was the conductor at Eastman mentioned to all the musicians that it was very difficult for good players to get a job. I heard this but didn't understand completely was he was saying.
I now know exactly what he was saying. I always thought if you played well, you were in.
There was a job opening in Birmingham Alabama in 1995. I took the audition and I got all the way to the finals and then the curtain was opened. The assistant conductor was there behind the screen. He looked at me. I played my excerpts and that was my chance and I blew it. I had a reed that was older and didn't respond as well and the Brahms Haydn Variation , 2nd oboe part was up and I bumped several low D's . That was it. I lost it. He couldn't possibly give me the job when I did that and others didn't.

I was offered the principal position for the Florida Symphony and Victoria Symphony and turned them down because of the reasons of the season...

On August 17, 2019. I will audition for a very small orchestra in Houston, Texas. The conductor has already asked me to audition for the position and when that happens, the audition is just a small task that you do before you "get the job" although this doesn't pay any money.
When I was in college, I never got how this worked. The conductor really has to be interested in you before you even audition. You think that it is a fair and across the board but it is not. Something that took me way to long to believe. They even do it in schools for State Orchestras and Bands and can you believe it, Junior Highs.... Its sad. It is all who you know and of course how you play. It is really somewhat suspicious when you on the "out " of the group of people that are the favored. But when you are in the "in", it becomes very obvious. Looking back at my career, I said "no" when people asked me to play principal in small orchestras. Stupid me.. I didn't realize this was the shot that I was waiting for. Victoria Symphony and Florida Symphony were the ones I was asked to do. I said no.. there was a good reason at the time. I didn't realize that would be my chance. I am slow when it comes to people things. I work very hard on my oboe. It was just be so nice to just play better than anyone else and just be the obvious choice and really "WIN" the audition. There are a LOT of great players out there. That would be a Cinderella story which I feel are rare or maybe just a fantasy... Back to practicing.

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5/14/17 11:41 P

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Auditions are extremely stressful. How do you prepare to eat that morning and how do you eat after the audition?

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