Lots of little and big things have happened…

February 1, 2009

1) Well, to start, I MADE ALL-STATE! First chair in orchestra in fact! And I won only by 2 points. Talk about a close call!

2) I going to be playing a solo with band (hopefully) if Steven Shoop ever gets back to me…

3) We played Mahler last week in BYSO,  and I had to play all by myself, all the rest of the low brass were playing in a REP concert. It was not very fun.

’tis all.


Sr. District 2008

November 25, 2008

It was easy, and went well! We went early, I had just enough time to warm up, I didn’t get nervous in the audition room, and I played everything to the best of my ability. I got a 95! Woo!


July 14, 2008

EDIT: NETEW has been renamed CTEW, the Cosmopolitan Tuba Euphonium Workshop.

NETEW was amazing! For those of you who do not know what NETEW is, it stands for Northeast Tuba Euphonium Workshop, you can find more info at netew.com.

Where to start… Well, when I got to Endicott College I discovered that all the dorms had their own kitchen and living space, sweet! I made friends (some crazy, some cool, some geeky), took the faculty tour (amazing campus), ate dinner (ok food, great ice cream), had my placement audition (thought I did pretty well), and went to bed (at midnight).

Here is my typical day: My alarm wakes me up at 7:30, I take a shower, and wake my roommates up. Around 8:30 we head to breakfast, which usually consists of pancakes, bagels, french toast, or coco puffs. Then at 9:00 we go to warm up and do our Daily Routine. The euphoniums go with Roland Froscher, and the tubas go with Mike Milnarik.

After the Daily Routine (By the way, the daily routine itself will make you improve so fast!) Mike does a masterclass, in which he will help a student on their solo piece, and the rest of us get to watch that student improve in front of our very eyes! It’s really quite amazing.

After that there is a clinic in which the guest/performing/emerging artist will talk about anything they think we should know. For example, Adam Frey talked about the business side of music, Jamie Lipton told us seven things she wish she knew when she was studying music, and Roland Forescher talked about the differences between music performance Switzerland and here in the United States (Even though I was staying up until one every night and was very tired I did not fall asleep during any of them! They were all very interesting).

At 12:00 we have lunch, which usually included salad and a pizza of some sort (they would take yesterday’s leftovers and put it on pizza. We even had corn pizza at one point, it wasn’t bad!).

After lunch we either rehearse with the pianist, have lessons with Mike or Roland, or practice individually (I did not get to have a lesson with Mike because I am a private student of his, but I did rehearse my solo, Down in the Deep Cellar, with the pianist Bonnie Anderson, a very good accompanist).

Then there is chamber music practice, my group played The Tubameisters and Virga Jesse. The Tubameisters was a very fun piece to play, but Virga Jesse was hard! Even though the notes were easy, making it sound musical was so hard. For our performance we played The Tubameisters, then Virga Jesse, then The Tubameisters again in double time! Everything was going great until the crowd started clapping, and we all know what happens when a crowd of musically challenged parents start to clap, they accelerando! But we stayed together with only a couple minor mistakes, like the on beats (me!) overlapped with the off beats. It was great!

At 5:00 there’s dinner, which usually includes a burger and fries, with ice cream for dessert.

Then comes my favorite part of the day, the faculty recital! We listened to Innovata Brass, Cosmopolitan Tuba Quartet, Dr. Fidgety Dixieland Band, and Brass Planet. They are all amazing and inspirational. To learn more go here: Guest Artists

Then we party (played pool) in the Lodge, head to our dorms at midnight, and go to bed at one. That is my typical day at NETEW, and boy was it great!

Mike Milnarik - Director of NETEW

Mike Milnarik - Director of NETEW

BYSO Tuba Smackdown! Part Drei

June 22, 2008


And the repertoire we’re playing is insane!

  1. Stravinsky The Rite of Spring; Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica
  2. Mozart The Marriage of Figaro
  3. Mahler Symphony No. 5
  4. Ligeti Concert Romanesc; Strauss Ein Heldenleiben
I have my work cut out for me! :-)

BYSO Tuba Smackdown! Part Zwei

June 21, 2008

The BYSO call-back audition is today and I am psyched! I have everything prepared. The excerpts are great, Kopprasch is great, Bordogni is great, scales are great. Every thing is great! All thanks to 4 and 1/2 hour practice sessions from tuesday to now! So we’ll se how it goes…


PS, the Global Thought project went very well! We got a score of 9.5/10, the best in the class I think!

Anyways, here’s a link to the video, if it plays choppy just wait until it’s done loading.

BYSO Tuba Smackdown! Part Ein

June 17, 2008

I got a call from BYSO today. They called while I was at my lesson and so they left their number. When my dad told me to call them back I thought “ohmygodohmygod, I might get in!” So I called, with my hopes high, and discovered that I did not get in . . . yet. It seems that another tuba player auditioned late, and the auditioners were having trouble deciding who to pick, me or him/her. So now I have to play for the conductor and the three auditioners. That’s four people at the same time, all judging every note!

To make matters worse the audition is on friday or saturday! So it’s right in the middle of my final exams! I’ll be working my butt off during the next couple of days, considering that they’ll actually ask me some minor scales this time, and I have to make sure I still know the pieces and excerpts.

NYSO Audition

June 17, 2008

Today I had an audition for NYSO in which the brass players warmed up in a preschool classroom. After I finished the audition I walked back to the room to put my tuba away and noticed that the room was filled with sax players, and they were all staring at me. Not one made a sound, and as I put the tuba in its case I could feel their eyes on me. I carried my tuba out of the room, and left in silence. It was so awkward! *shudder*

BTW I played Kopprasch #33 and Bordogni #4

I even made a topic on TubeNet about it: http://forums.chisham.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=28290