With opera done, UCSC tomorrow, and symphony beginning this Wednesday, I knew today should be spent on reeds. And I tried. Really I did. But there’s just something about the day after a run ends. I can’t manage to get things working. Maybe it’s just psychological. I wonder.

28. September 2009 · Comments Off on Oh Dear · Categories: Videos

I’ll just let you learn. I’m nice that way. (But please verify what he says with your teacher.)

But maybe he is just taking the Miranda videos and running with ’em … ya think?

28. September 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I’m bringing my Oboe home and i’m going to brake in this new reed.

28. September 2009 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

While an older crowd for the most part which can be a turn off, I believe it’s important to support artistic treasures that are truly San Francisco. Don’t let it deter you, as the music is definitely worth it. If you feel a little too chi-chi afterwards, you can always do what we did and hit up a divey (but delicious!) taqueria for a late night dinner.

I read it here.

28. September 2009 · Comments Off on At Home With Friends · Categories: Links, Ramble

If you are looking for something a bit different to add to your classical collection, Joshua Bell’s At Home With Friends might be right up your alley.

I read the above so I was curious about the CD. I’m not sure the CD will add to one’s classical collection; just because Joshua Bell is playing it doesn’t turn Beatles into classical music … does it?

Sony doesn’t allow embedding (stupid, if you ask me) but you can see and hear snippets here. (Part of me wanted to leave that link off. Just because it bugs me that Sony requests no embedding. It also makes me not want to purchase the CD. I’m just that silly. I know it’s goofy, but that’s my initial reaction and I’m being honest and letting you know how petty I can be. Do you hear me, Sony? Do you care?)

Man, I want a place like Mr. Bell’s! That’s one cool looking abode. And he doesn’t spend nearly as much time at home as I do. Seems like those of us who are home more often should have the better place … you know?

Okay. Kidding. He is a fab musician. He can have what he wants. 😎

28. September 2009 · Comments Off on Resumés For Auditions · Categories: Auditions

I received a wonderful email from Janet Archibald about resumés for auditions. It’s something I probably should have blogged about long ago, but with Janet’s email, I’m now spurred on to finally doing this. (For those of you not in the know, Janet is the fabulous English hornist of San Francisco Opera.) I’ve combined what she has to say with my thoughts.

  • One page resumés are fine, and easier to read through. Be sure they are legible. (A big duh, but I’ve seen some that aren’t.) Put the most important information first.
  • Put your playing experience front & center, clearly! Be specific about what chair you play(ed). State whether or not you had a tenured seat or subbed: best to be honest, short & clear.
  • Audition experience: if one has been in the finals or even semis of one or more auditions that looks quite promising even if it is a young player w/out a gig yet.
  • List any summer festivals & any auditions in which you advanced, & if so, what rounds you advanced to.

And here are some things to avoid:

  • No one needs a career statement. We can kind of figure that out if you are auditioning.
  • Don’t send in clippings of reviews or bios from programs or CDs.
  • Don’t lie. Don’t exaggerate. If you haven’t figured it out already, the music world is small. (If an applicant isn’t a tenured principal player but states he/she plays principal I know I question the applicant immediately. Be honest if you were a sub.)
  • Don’t list high school awards. (Janet is kinder; she suggests you keep them to a minimum.) If you played Carnegie Hall while in high school it no longer matters and shouldn’t be mentioned, as far as I’m concerned.
  • Don’t list non-music related work.
  • There is no need to list every work you’ve ever played. (Listing a few of the most important works is fine, but again not necessary.)
  • References are not needed on a resumé for auditions. If an orchestra needs references, they’ll get back to you on that. (I know that San Francisco Symphony requested three letters of recommendation sent to them for the English horn audition.)

And a very good suggestion from Janet: for younger players who don’t have much to list yet: If an orchestra won’t even let you audition, look for the many ones that will accept tapes or will let anyone in, then try to advance.