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Mendy Smith

Day 17 - Mock Audition #1

February 18, 2009 at 2:59 AM

Today was the first of a few Mock Auditions I've lined up with some of my musical friends.  This first one was with my stand-partner at my community orchestra at her home, which I've never been to before.  She graduated from BYU in the early '60's and is a retired professional performer (Bass).  Today, she conducts at her church, sits in on various audition panels, and is very active in the community music scene. 

I had one small moment of the "shakes", but that quickly faded.  She judged the Bloch improved dramatically since hearing me practice it last week during break in rehearsal, and was pleased with the intonation improvements in the nose-bleed section.  The thing she suggested that I work on most are the tempo changes that happen frequently and often.  They need to be more gradual, stretching and contracting like a rubber band, starting and stopping at the same original tempo.  She sent me home with a few practice tips on how to do this. 

Next week, Mock Audition #2 is with the violin/viola instructor at the university where I'm auditioning for the scholarship (I don't think she's on the panel), and another with my pianist (who is also a music instructor).  I'm hoping that through these Mock Auditions I will learn to not be quite so fearful getting up on a stage and performing in front of folks that will be judging every aspect of my playing ability, as well as getting some last minute feed-back and advice.

Just 12 days to go.  It doesn't seem like nearly enough time...

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on February 18, 2009 at 3:02 AM


can I suggest you do more if possible?   One a day is ideal ;)



From Mendy Smith
Posted on February 18, 2009 at 3:14 AM

Buri -

I wish that I could find more folks that are willing and available to do more than this, but the folks who are, are limited in quantity and time.  I may have one other person lined up, but that is still up in the air for the moment.  The next best thing I'm doing is "performing" during orchestra breaks (twice a week), and lessons are now starting with a "performance".  I've also sent some recordings to a few friends to solicit feedback.  The simple act of recording myself in a performance-mode is helpful, which I do nearly every day now. 


PS - I have scheduled one more mock audition confirmed with a local community orchestra conductor next week....  I haven't met him yet, but got recruited :) A win-win scenario?

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