masters level repertoire
I am 2 years out of undergrad (BA in music) and have not had a teacher in a while. I am looking to get back into a program (either masters or post bacc diploma) to develop my skills and hopefully get back on track for a career as an orchestral violinist.
I had some setbacks due to panic attacks and general anxiety that has really inhibited my performance in auditions and concerts but feel that as time has gone by, I can better manage this and am ready to continue on my path.
Right now I am leaning towards auditioning for the post bacc diploma at Curtis before pursuing a masters degree since I have been without a teacher for so long. I have a lot of time (almost a year) before the auditions will be held and although I know none of you have heard me and my skill level, I'm looking for some recommendations on a programme for the audition. Perhaps an aggressive set of pieces as well as an easier level recommendation (but still within the realm of a post bacc level) The requirements are as follows:
Applicants should submit a video (recorded in 2017) of the following. Movements may be individual recordings, but each movement should be one uninterrupted recording; please include at least one slow-tempo movement:
One movement from a Mozart concerto
One movement from another standard repertoire concerto
Two movements from a Bach solo sonata or partita
A Paganini caprice
Live Audition Repertoire
All string applicants must be prepared to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios in fluent tempo. Applicants will play from memory:
A complete concerto by Mozart
A complete sonata or partita for violin alone by J. S. Bach
A caprice by Paganini
Another complete standard concerto for violin
Any additional advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
Hi Dakota, it could be helpful to list any applicable repertoire you have already studied. It will probably be easier to work from stuff you've seen before, depending on if it shows off your skills.
The last pieces that I was working on in my last year of undergrad were:
Are you getting a teacher now, to help you prepare for auditions? I'd imagine one would be useful. If you didn't want to take weekly lessons, for whatever reason, I expect you'd still benefit from seeking out occasional coaching.
I will also be looking into local performances to get back in the groove of playing in front of people as well as potentially playing in competitions as I progress through the repertoire level
Sadly, the teachers I've been familiar with in Philadelphia have passed away. But my guess is that if you reach out to your old teacher, ask for an intro to someone on the Curtis violin faculty, and then go play for that person, they'd probably be able to tell you who they think would be suitable to help you prep for auditions. (They can also give you an honest assessment of whether or not you're likely to be a viable candidate for Curtis. AFAIK, a Curtis post-bacc has higher audition expectations than most master's programs.)
Thank you! This has been very helpful! I actually didn't know that the post bacc program had higher audition expectations than most masters programs. I guess because its Curtis haha
I'm wondering if I've made some unwarranted assumptions about your background...
I actually never learned the Sibelius- so that was an assumption :) however, I don't think it's out of my reach with some practice and time (I have all the time I need! Nothing is urgent, I don't need to rush into auditions)
Disclaimer: this is not my lane. Others know way more. That said...
May I respectfully suggest that you have a plan B, plan C, etc., if Curtis doesn't work out. It is very, very, very, very hard to get into Curtis. I also agree that you should get some lessons ASAP with a teacher who is familiar with what it takes to get into Curtis.
On my list of potential masters programs are msm mannes, Amsterdam conservatory, and a back up would be boyer. But aiming for Curtis as my goal, hense why I used it in the original post
Everyone's posts have been so helpful so far! I am still looking for more suggested lists of repertoire that fit the Curtis guidelines. Thanks everyone!
I think I made the assumption that you (the OP) were at a very high playing level in high school (i.e., at a level where you would have considered Curtis as an undergrad), but chose to go a non-music route instead at a school without a decent conservatory to switch back to when you changed your mind, and are now trying to get back onto that track. It doesn't seem like that's your situation, which probably means that your targets for post-grad work are likely to be more similar to other students coming out of your college teacher's studio.
Hey Lydia, although I will never know whether I would have gotten in, I think my playing was quite advanced in high school. I began my studies at age 2 (my father being a composer and my mother a pianist). I think you are pretty spot on in your first paragraph with the route I took. I will definitely contact my old teacher, she may even be able to take me on in her private studio. This would be a good starting point at least. I have gotten very disciplined in my practice and am strong when self-teaching but a teacher will definitely help, especially with subtle technical malfunctions as you mentioned.
Do you have a professional network? I have the impression that you went to school in Philly and probably know the other music majors from your program, some of whom have likely stayed in the city and started to play gigs. Reach out to your friends, tell them you're trying to get back into performing, and ask them to recommend you.
Must the 'standard concerto' be a concerto, or are you referring to generally a standard violin repertoire piece?
Not the OP, but a "standard concerto" means a concerto. It isn't ambiguous.
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