I had a fantastic time reading the Shostakovich on Friday! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did and maybe learned something new about the work as well.
This week we will be hitting Mozart a bit harder and work on continuity with the Bruckner. Many things are already in place for the Bruckner, but please keep hitting your personal “brackets” before rehearsal. It is always a bit disappointing when we work on something, get it just right, and the next time we read it, it takes us by surprise. The good news is – this problem is very easy to fix. Please keep very good track over where you not only technically struggle, but also where pitch is consistently and issue. Then be diligent and efficient with your practice. Some of our sheet music is over twenty pages long. It can be easy to forget where all the difficult passages are. Put stars in the margin along with brackets so that you can easily find them. Practice tricky licks often. For pitch issues, try to schedule a time to practice with your stand partner. If put into practice, these habits can be extremely valuable for your growth and professionalism – which will eventually lead to getting and keeping a job.
This Wednesday, a representative from the New World Symphony in Miami Beach will be with us to tell us about their program and answer any questions you have. They are only traveling to a select few Schools of Music on the entire West Coast, and I was so proud that they want to talk to you. That says a lot about our reputation as a school and a lot about all of you:) When I was 21, I was runner-up for a fellowship and have since played in the NWS several times. It is a great opportunity! If you don’t know much about it, research a little bit and come prepared with questions.
Next week, I plan to have a recording session of the Bruckner. We won’t have time to do the entire work and we will focus on the first movement. The intent here is to simulate a real recording session, where we play several passages a couple of times and do post-production editing. My hope is that we end up with a product that we can use on the website to show our very best performance. It is a great chance for you to see and understand how these sessions work.