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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000277.txt from 2005/07

From: Nightingale Nightingale <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Audition Tips
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 23:41:29 -0400

On 7/25/05, Fred Jacobowitz <> wrote:
> Chris,
> Forget about impressive pieces! Play anything you can play WELL. A=
s a
> teacher, (and I feel confident in speaking for other teachers) I am
> impressed when a new student shows that he is well-prepared on what he
> plays and that he has good musicality and control. Fancy music doesn't
> impress anyone unless it is done well. Even a relatively easy piece can
> show breath control, tone quality, counting, etc.

This is good advice. I'm new to clarinet, but not music. When I
auditioned for university (my instrument was voice) I picked pieces
that were contrasting moods & by my two favourite composers. They
were not showy - in fact they were a grade level or two below what the
department said was expected, but they were pieces that I loved & knew
I could sing well. Even though I had much less in the way of formal
training & technical skills than most of the other students, picking
relatively simple songs and doing a good job on them was enough to get
me into my first choice school.

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