Friday, August 22, 2008

Raleigh Civic Symphony?

so last night i did kind of a whacky thing... i auditioned for the raleigh civic symphony and chamber orchestra (the orchestras of nc state). we'll be in raleigh for the rest of this school semester, so i figured why not? i knew i'd regret it if i at least didn't try b/c who knows when i'll ever get to do anything like this again. so for the past week i've been practicing my bach and my 3 octave scales (DEFINITELY haven't played those since high school... and it showed). i was really nervous all day about it, but i kept telling myself that even if i didn't make it i should at least enjoy the fact that i was out in the downtown area child-free (and therefore diaper bag, sippy cup, graham cracker, diaper, wipe, burp cloth, teething ring free!) and i should just have fun at least pretending to be part of the raleigh music scene. thinking this greatly calmed my nerves (as the squeaky scale i heard from a neighboring practice room...).

i played in front of the conductor (who is your typical music professor, kind of dweeby, probably out of touch with reality, but very sweet) and the concert mistress (also very sweet, and asian. big surprise. is this racial profiling? yes. is it 99.9% accurate all the time? yes! give me a break. they're a brilliant people.). i got to pick what scale i wanted to play (unheard of! and greatly appreciated!) and there was no sightreading (i think only b/c they were running behind). they both seemed reasonably pleased with me. i don't know anything definite, but we did spend probably the same amount of time talking about the rehearsal schedule and my preference in the orchestras and availability than i did actually playing for them. i confess, i left pretty confident. but hey, if i didn't make it, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable evening (except for getting lost of the wrong side of downtown on the way home... really not sure how i did that). hopefully i'll know something soon :)


Anonymous said...

I'll be rooting for you. It is so cool that you follow your passion

Caleb and Adrienne said...

That's awesome! You are SO TALENTED!

The Townleys said...

AWESOME! The last time I auditioned was in college and I was a nervous wreck. I can't believe they let you pick your own scale! Definitely let us know how it goes!!!!