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!


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:

BYSO Audition Receding!

May 22, 2008

It went very well! I was more nervous after the audition than during it. I think 3 other tuba players auditioned along with me. I warmed up using Mike’s Daily Routine for 30 minutes, and ran through all the pieces and excerpts. Throughout this process there was a trombone player buzzing his mouthpiece quietly in the corner staring at me, it was weird. After this I walked around and stared at the artwork. This helped relieve some of the stress. Though there was one awkward moment when I entered a room and three people were standing in the middle. They were as still as statues. I took a step forwards and they all looked up and stared at me. I just backed out of the room. No one said a word. Weird.

After that I went and waited next to the audition auditorium. This would be my first time auditioning in an auditorium rather than a standard classroom. So I sat, blew some air through the tuba, made sure it didn’t get cold, and after a couple of minutes one of the auditioners came out and told me to come in. All three of them introduced themselves, but I was too out of it to remember their names. This would also be the first time I had auditioned for three people instead of one. I was asked to play my favorite two octave scale, I chose Bb. Then they asked for F, and then E. he E scale I had never learned two octaves, so I figured it out on the fly. Then I played Kopprasch #33, which was fine, and got their attention, and then Bordogni #4, in which they stopped me halfway through because of time constraints. Then I played the excerpts, the duet with one of the auditioners (which ended up being played around 140 instead of 200), and the sight reading. They seemed satisfied, and so I left. That’s it. And the best part was that I didn’t get nervous!