Come August I'll have to play an approximately 5 minute long audition (seating placement only) for one of the University of Illinois non-major orchestras. As an engineering major I haven't really decided which of the two yet as I don't even know if I'll have the time to do their least time constraining ensemble.
The auditions are very open-ended. Simply need to prepare 5 minutes of solo music between 2 contrasting pieces. For my first piece I'll be playing the intro (Andante Sostenuto) of the Rieding A minor Concertino, but I haven't decided on a second piece. That part of the concertino lasts a bit over a minute.
Willing to take a bit of a risk as ultimately these auditions are not too important as they are merely for seating placement. Given that I have a good length of time to learn something I'd be open to trying something a bit challenging. I take private lessons and can devote about 2 hours a day to practice (Once the nightmare of exams are over after early May). Currently can shift comfortably to 3rd position, and have been working on 1 octave Flesch scales a little bit everyday. Vibrato is developing and my bow control is competent, however I lack in much experience with bow arm techniques such as sautille, ricochet, spicatto, etc. for the time being at least. Typical practice session for me involves a lot of schradieck and scale work, bow control and strings crossings practice, and then a bit of solo and orchestral repertoire
My private teacher has made a few recommendations, but I'd love to hear any ideas you guys have as to what to play.
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