I am prepping for an audition in January, and I thought I would post a little of my playing every once in a while (hopefully every day). It helps me simulate an audition since I have the recorder, and you guys as an audience. And then I can see how I did and make comments for myself. It’s a post no matter what type deal, no edits, no do overs, because that’s how it will be in the audition. If you bomb it, you lose the job. No questions asked.
Orchestra auditions consists of a list of short excerpts from music often played by the orchestra. There is usually a similar standard list between orchestras, but they all add their own little twists. This particular audition is for an opera orchestra, which means all of the music is not normally played by most of the candidates (unless they already play in an opera orchestra, which I do not).
This is a clip from near the end of Act III of Carmen by Bizet. You’ll probably recognize the tune. This particular instance is a cello solo and in an awkward key.
In my opinion, I would not advance past the first round playing like this. I don’t settle on the intonation of the 3rd note (too flat) and my beat doesn’t stay totally steady in the melodic part. I could have a more consistent rich tone throughout and my bow needs to flow more. Also, in the faster part at the end, I rush during the repeated notes.
Thought you might like a little window into our crazy music world!
Edit: don’t know how the video got all crazy!