14. April 2012 · Comments Off on A Royal Job · Categories: Read Online

Location: London
Contract: Permanent
Closing Date: Mon, 30/04/2012
Salary: Hourly paid

The Royal College of Music is one of Britain’s leading conservatoires. It provides specialised musical education and professional training at the highest international level for performers and composers.
The College is now seeking to engage a distinguished oboe professor to join its international team. You should be a widely recognised and highly respected practitioner, either as a performer or teacher. You will be teaching, to an exceptionally high level of technical and musical proficiency, students at undergraduate, postgraduate and, in some cases, doctoral level.
How to Apply
For further details of this position and our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form see the RCM website at www.rcm.ac.uk.
To apply please send a covering letter and full CV along with our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form to Liz Ingram, HR Officer at Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS or liz.ingram@rcm.ac.uk.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on 30 April 2012.
Interviews will be held on the 14 May 2012.
The Royal College of Music is an equal opportunities employer

I found it here.

14. April 2012 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

Some of my students are busy auditioning for youth orchestras for next year. Some (all?) are nervous. One mentioned it to me today, and I smiled and said, “Do you think I don’t get nervous?”

He knew, from the way I asked it, what he was supposed to answer.

Yes. I get nervous. Most of my colleagues do as well. (There is one who told me he never gets nervous, but I will admit here that I simply don’t believe him! He sure seems nervous sometimes to me.) I get nervous. I get angry when I play poorly. I get sad sometimes when I don’t play well too. Sometimes, to be quite honest, I just want to run off stage, leaving the oboe and all its woes behind me.

But of course I’ve not done that. (I can’t tell you, though, how many musicians have the “I’m outa here!” dream … just thinking that someday we might yell that out and escape the stress.)

If I’m doing my job right, though, the audience doesn’t know any of this. (Unless they read this blog. Hah!)

One of my students went through a big demonstration of “I am so nervous and this piece is so hard” thing prior to playing the solo for me. Sighing. Fidgeting. Really scaring me along with making it worse on himself. I explained that he had just telegraphed failure to me. I explained that no matter how difficult something is, or how scared he is, he needs to look as if it’s just another day in the park. (Well, I didn’t use that expression with him … not sure he knows it!) I also suggested that not only should he pretend so that the audience or audition panel doesn’t see his fear, but that he is also, in a sense, lying to himself because, believe it or not, lying to one’s self about the fear actually does help!

If I say, prior to a solo, “Oh this is so HARD and I know I’m going to BLOW it” I’ve set myself up for big time failure. (I used to do this all the time, by the way. My belief was sad, but it really was this: if I DID fail, I could say, “See, I was right!” and if I played well I could then be pleasantly surprised. It’s not a healthy way to go into a solo, whether or not it worked at times.) Now I just try hard to lie and say, “This is nothing! This is a breeze!” and then I don’t lie but think the truth: “I love what I do. I love making music. This is a joy!” Because it is if I allow it to be.

That being said, I’m not always that positive. I know some of my colleagues read this and they are probably cracking up right now and calling me a liar. Ah well … I’m always good for a laugh!

But truly, we are not only musicians. We really need to be good actors too.

Sacramento Symphony died some years back, but Sacramento Philharmonic was then formed.


With corporate donations running well below expectations, the Sacramento Philharmonic orchestra says it will close if it can’t raise $150,000 in the next month.

The 15-year-old symphony said it needs to raise twice that much – $300,000 – before it can consider presenting a 2012-13 season of concerts starting in the fall.

“We have had a very difficult season, and this follows other difficult seasons,” said Jane Hill, interim executive director. “This year the orchestra experienced a drastic decline in nonrestricted corporate income.”

At 4:30 p.m. today, the orchestra will make a public appeal for contributions at the Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, and other supporters will be on hand.

Read here.

This is the future, and it is here. Support your local groups, friends. Keep the arts alive. We need your support!

… but, better yet, never leave an oboe in a car unattended.

On April 5, a Stratford Avenue man pulled into his driveway and went into his home, leaving his $8,000 Marigaux oboe in his car, a Fairlawn police report said.

The man was in his home for 15 minutes, and when he came out, the oboe was gone.

The Akron Symphony Orchestra player told police he left the doors unlocked.

There was no damage to the man’s car and there are no suspects.


14. April 2012 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Thank the Lord for my mom being at that Oboe concert with me tonight making me laugh. Would’ve died without her

14. April 2012 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: Ramble

Very weird to hear Birthday Massacre as oboe muzak in a restaurant. O_o

14. April 2012 · Comments Off on Saturday Morning Cartoon · Categories: Saturday Morning Cartoon

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