08. May 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

I’m home. I think I got in the door sometime around 10:15. I’ve been playing oboe and English horn since before 10:00 this morning. (The first rehearsal began at 10:00, so I think I was probably warming up at around 9:20 or so.)

My mouth says it’s had enough! That was a long day of music. (And yes, I know there are some out there who do a whole lot more, and I have friends with “real” jobs who deal with this just fine. I’m just wimpy!) :-)

Beauty and the Beast is a busy show, and doesn’t have a lot of resting time. It has some very pretty music, and I have a few solos that are great fun to play. I’m hoping I can see a bit of the show, but I won’t know until we move into the pit. There are some extremely quick instrument switches; there’s no time to put the oboe on a stand, so it has to sit in my lap. In one instance I have one measure to make the switch, if I’m remembering correctly. But I think it’ll be an enjoyable run. The music is a bit different from the time I played it when it was out on tour … I suspect they’ve simplified a few things. Ah well.

And does anyone else hear the Tristan and Isolde quote toward the end of the thing? It just cracks me up … I’m guessing it was put in there as a little joke. But who knows?

Maybe I’m so out of it I’m just imagining it?

Could it be …? ;-)

08. May 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble, Videos, Watch

Opera is hoity toity people.

To darn funny. Thank you, Steve Colbert. Watch it here.

Colbert and Nathan Gunn? Very cool.

“It’s hard to sing in front of people with your shirt off.”

08. May 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Listen

Who knew that Frank Sinatra conducted Mitch Miller playing “Air for Oboe” by Alec Wilder?

I sure didn’t.

You can listen to a bit of it over here.

08. May 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

More unique to our waitlist review though, we may consider the level of continued interest in Vanderbilt, the content of any new information that has been received since our decisions have gone out, and what elements of each application fit with the outstanding needs and goals of our incoming class (the aforementioned scenario, if we need oboe players, we’ll admit more oboe players, etc).

(Found here)

Once again, the oboe is used as an example at an admissions site.

Here are some other examples of the oboe thing going on at admissions sites and blogs:

  • MIT
  • College Admissions Trade Secrets: A Top Private College Counselor Reveals
  • Bolles
  • Stanford Report
  • Equal Education
  • The Mike Snyder Blog
  • and, finally … a “free college admissions essay” (Really! I hope students aren’t so stupid they use these things!)

    I guess the oboe example will never end.