22. May 2010 · Comments Off on And The Winners Are … · Categories: Opera

What a fun evening! I was sitting in row D, so I was up fairly close. I was sitting next to Michael Dailey and his lovely companion Amy, and enjoyed chatting with them, along with other friends and colleagues.

So drum roll …

♫ Third Place: Jerett Gieseler, baritone
♫ Second Place: Jonathan Beyer, baritone
♫ First Place: Danielle Talamantes, soprano
♫ Wagner Award: Silas Elash, bass
♫ Audience Award: Danielle Talamantes

I really enjoyed the whole evening but for one thing; I really hate hearing the results! I just want to enjoy the music. I guess I’m not one for winners, because it means some are losers too. And I hate that. I’m just a big wimpy girl who wants everyone to win, I guess!

But aside from that, I had such a great time.

There were some things I think some coaches could say to the singers about appearance and stage presence, but considering the fact that I’m a mere oboist, I’m not going to name names or even talk about what I saw. I don’t like being catty.

I did wonder about the music choices. On my program I noted what each singer chose to sing from their list (there were lists of five or six works for each singer), and then what the judges had them sing following that. The majority of the time I preferred what the judges asked them to sing. I didn’t care for a few of the pieces at all, and I had to really work on not judging the person merely because I didn’t like a particular composer. Maybe I’ll compile the list later and show you what everyone sang. Right now I’m too fried to type any more!

But anyhoo … what a fun night, and congratulations to ALL the singers, as well as their collaborative pianist, Daniel Lockert!

22. May 2010 · Comments Off on Wow … 30 minutes! · Categories: Yahoo! Answers

Another fun Yahoo Question:

Should I switch to oboe???????????????
I play the French Horn in my school band. I am a band officer, first chair in the school’s top band and 5th chair in All City. I have always loved the oboe. I have been telling my sister to take up the oboe, but she has no patience for it. I wonder… should I take it up. I practice every day for a half hour any ways so the dedication won’t be an issue. Will it be good for me or way to hard?

Wanna answer? (I don’t.)

22. May 2010 · Comments Off on Can You Cope? · Categories: Links

Is the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Bach the product of incomprehensible genius, or can it be reproduced by complex computer coding and algorithmic models? Arguably it’s the latter, says David Cope, a composer and “genuine polymath” profiled by Chris Wilson at Slate who began exploring computer-generated music “in desperation” after his own idea began to dry up. Cope is the “inventor of the world’s most musically creative computer program,” with whose help he has written several thousand new pieces of music. How did he do it — and could his program, known as “Emily Howell,” replace the best human composers?

“Cope has been writing software to help him compose music for 30 years, and he long ago reached the point where most people can’t tell the difference between real Bach and the Bach-like compositions his computer can produce. Audiences have been moved to tears by melodies created by algorithms. And yet, it’s not exactly that Cope has created a computer than can write music like a human. The way he sees it, it’s that humans compose like computers.

I read it here. And that takes a person to the Slate article.

I keep my thoughts to myself. Feel free to comment, though.

22. May 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

The greatest thing my father did for me was refuse to let me take oboe.