March 23, 2006 at 6:12 AMI've finally gotten everything under the metronome for this April's LA Philharmonic audition. It's been two years since the last one, and I figured it's time to go meet up with 200 of my favorite colleagues as we all vie for two available chairs, one in the first violins and one in the seconds.
It's a monster list, and yet not so bad. A good number of the excerpts are quite standard, with just enough obscure, somewhat mentally taxing ones thrown in to scare away the casual auditioner. They're asking for a Mozart concerto first movement, a romantic or modern concerto (they list options) first movement, and then 19 excerpts from 12 pieces. It takes about three hours to play it through.
I'm playing on a nice fiddle, and it all sounds fine. I'm ready. I figure they will like it or not, come what may. I'll just do my best. Whatever the result, I'll be in mighty good shape when it's over, with all this practicing!
Whenever I visit Los Angeles I'll surely go to a concert of the Philharmonic. I'll see you then :)
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