Episode 32: Tips for preparing for competitions and auditions
- Upcoming events: April 25 and 26 - Beethoven Concerto with the New Philharmonic in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, April 27 - recital with pianist Matthew Hagle in Lake Forest, Illinois (music of Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Ravel)
- Inquiries From My Inbox: A violinist from the Columbus (Georgia) Symphony asks, "What's that fuzzy stuff on your chinrest?"
- Random Musical Thought: Albert Schweitzer says "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life; music and cats."
- Tips for preparing for competitions and auditions: get your application form in on time, don't hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to, get extra copies of the music and mark measure numbers if required, experiment with different warm-up strategies and orders of repertoire, get used to playing your repertoire in a random order, practice while wearing your complete concert clothes and go through your entire stage routine, practice introducing your repertoire, videotape your practice performances if you can, prepare your entire repertoire even if the audition timeslot is short, decide which piece you want to play first, be sure to practice playing your delicate pieces right after your loud pieces, practice your repertoire at various times of day, be sure to get basic maintenance done on your instrument before the concert, make a list of what you need to bring with you on the big day (snacks, music stand, rosin, shoulder bar, mute, accompaniment part, page turner, books and I-Pod, shoes), get to bed on time the night before and rest and relax even if you can't fall asleep.
total playing time: 30:34
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