December 2005

The best feeling in the world (the end of the semester)

December 21, 2005 14:41

YES! The semester from hell is over! I took 19 credits last semester (the max is supposed to be 18, but I got the additional credit fee waived because the credit that pushed me over the max was pit orchestra, in which the music director specifically requested me) and it looks like I'm going to come out of the semester with all A's and one B (we got snowed out of my Music History final, which I have to take in January right before classes start). This is the best I've done since freshman year! Not that I've done badly in the past (about a 3.7 or so every semester), but this should really raise my GPA, which will be awesome for grad school apps.

So over the winter break I'm trying to learn all my new rep. I'm doing a LOT of slow practicing so hopefully when I get back to school my lessons will focus on things not involving intonation or learning the notes. Speaking of which, I'd better go look at the Beethoven.

Happy holidays to all!!

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updatings, finally!

December 14, 2005 08:54

It's been a while since my last blog. Let's see if I actually keep this thing up to date.

I had a recital last semester on the whole Mozart A Major. It went pretty well, I think. I don't really like the recording of it, it sounds really flat (not really intonation-wise, but boring and tinny). I think I'm a better live player than a recorded player.

I won a runner up prize in the Bach/Handel competition at SU in October. I played the first movement of the Bach solo sonata in g minor.

I'm playing viola in at least one orchestra concert next semester, which is awesome.

I've got a whole bunch of new rep to practice and learn over winter break, which starts next week:
Lalo (first two movements, for now)
the rest of the Bach g minor
Wieniawski Scherzo-Tarantelle
Beethoven sonata in G major
Paganini #16
more of the Khachaturian (I put it on hold last semester becuase of my recital on the Mozart)

That's basically all going to be my audition repertoire for grad programs next year. So far I'm considering:
Yale (obviously)
Peabody
UMCP (probably their pedagogy program because I really want to study with Ronda Cole)
Temple
Manhattan
Boston Conservatory
CIM (yeah, right... that's what we call a REACH school)
(maybe) Catholic U

I also really like San Francisco, but I want to stay on the East Coast. Maybe next year they'll move to DC and I can apply.

I really want to make it into a good music festival this summer, hopefully one that starts in late July, so I can work and then go to the festival.

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