I am a junior in high school who will be applying and auditioning for music schools next year.
At this moment, my teacher and I are looking at New England Conservatory, Eastman, Oberlin, Indiana, Cleveland, and Peabody.
The main problem right now is repertoire. I can't decide what concertos are actually good for college auditions. I keep hearing, "Oh, this piece isn't advanced enough", or, "This piece is way too difficult and overplayed". Basically, what I want to know is what pieces are actually going to be an asset to my auditions.
I have over a year to prepare, but I want to know my piece well. My teacher has suggested Wieniawski No. 2, Prokofiev No. 2, Glazunov, or Saint-Saens No. 3.
I've already ruled out the Glazunov because it doesn't really have separate movements; the entire piece is really meant to be played straight through, and that doesn't work for schools that only want the first movement of a concerto.
I've played the Saint-Saens before (granted, it WAS a long time ago), so I'm not necessarily eager to do it again, but my teacher says it is a good audition piece.
I know it's my choice, since it is my future, but I don't know what to do. I think all of the concertos I listed above are good, and they're definitely not overplayed, but I wonder if they are "hard enough" to get me into a good school.
You've all been through this, or are currently going through this process. Do people who play the pieces listed above (like the Wieniawski or the Saint-Saens) stand a chance of getting into good schools against people who are playing the Tchaikovsky or the Sibelius or whatever? If I play the Saint-Saens really, really well, can I still get into a good school, even if I'm not doing the "most advanced" piece out there?
Any comments, insights, or input would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much!
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