Asking for advice for a concerto competition
I am a junior high school student looking for advice. I’ve been thinking about entering my youth orchestra’s concerto competition. This year’s competition will take place mid November. I picked Khachaturian 1st mvt as my piece and I would say it’s 75% ~80% ready as of now.
First of all, I feel I am bit behind schedule in my progress for readying my piece by mid November. Plus, I unfortunately have to travel for one week to participate an event a mere two weeks prior to the competition day and I can’t secure practice time while I am gone. Therefore, I will only have one week to get back into form after I come back.
As a result, I am leaning toward not entering this year.
I need to discuss it with my violin teacher to make sure but I would like to hear other violinists’ and students’ advice as well.
Should I proceed with signing up for the competition just for the sake of the experience? Or should I wait until next year? And how big of an impact can missing one week of practice make?
Any input would be much appreciated!
I say do it anyways.
If one week tanks your preparation, you're not sufficiently prepared, regardless.
You might want to check with the conductor of the youth orchestra, or with whoever is running the competition. When I played Khachaturian with the local university orchestra, the cost of renting the score was $500. That's an expensive piece to program.
Thank you for your advice.
If you have checked with the office and they say they have it, you have done your due diligence. However, I find it very, VERY hard to believe that a youth orchestra would have parts and score on hand for a work that is rarely performed by a youth orchestra and still under copyright everywhere in the world (so very expensive whether rented or purchased). I wonder what it is exactly that they do have - piano score? Kabalevsky (sometimes confused with Khachaturian)? Honest to goodness Khachaturian?
Mary Ellen Goree, the youth orchestra my son used to play in (major US city) has performed Khachaturian at least twice, so it isn't entirely that unusual. The local state college closest to us also did it this year. I think perhaps it is being performed more commonly these days.
My mom's community orchestra did Khachaturian and I don't remember her having a problem getting the score and parts?
Clarification. It was my parent who contacted the office and their answer was it is available through rental as Mary was saying. And they are willing to help with the cost. Sorry about the confusion! (What my mother meant was ‘don’t worry about it’ when she said they have it)
The good news is that most of these rental houses (Boosey, Schirmer, EAM, etc) have floating rental rates that reflect Professional levels (and includes numerous rates depending on the budget range of the orchestra concerned), Community, College, and Youth Orchestras. So what one might pay for SFSymphony won't be the same as a smaller regional orchestra, a college group, or a youth orchestra. I have handled a lot of music rental orders over 20 years.
Those floating rental rates might explain a lot. I don't think I've ever seen the Khachaturian concerto programmed by a professional orchestra in any city I've lived in, but it's appeared on college orchestra and youth orchestra programs near me a bunch of times.
Mary Ellen, my youth symphony (Chicago Youth) performed it in the flute version, and we received xerox copies. I'm not sure if they rented it or they had previously made copies.
We're all just dancing around the plain fact that lots of school and community orchestras have troves of pirated music in their files.
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