All right, so a week or so ago my friend Jenni convinced me to audition for a local LDS symphony (the Ensign Symphony and Chorus) because she’s one of the section leaders and she wanted to carpool and make weird jokes all the way there and back.
I was like “I’ll totally… never audition in person for any group ever ever ever again because I did that all growing up and I hate it.”
And she was like “PERFECT. You can audition online!”
kidnapped me invited me to record my audition at her home.
And, I did this really weird, uncharacteristic thing where I didn’t practice at all and ended up sending in the audition tape the last possible second of the last day of auditions. Because I win at being prepared.
Wanna know how I did? Well, I compiled a very short highlight reel for you to enjoy. Remember, this is an audition for a semi-professional level group, so I had to make sure my stuff was in tip top shape!
My favorite parts? The fact that the instrument on the couch kept changing, and the fact that you could hear Jenni laughing hard into the camera during my meltdown and I didn’t even notice her laughing at me. Because I was way too busy acting a lot like Tessa, my two-year-old.
I bet you’re wondering if I got in.
I did. Because of miracles. And also they were seriously like “hmmm, maybe you could actually practice in the next couple of months before we do auditions for chairs. Kinda like any other player would, you fool. If you don’t we’ll kick you out. Mkaythanxbai” That wasn’t a direct quote, but that was the main idea.
I think I will.
In other music news, there’s less than a week left to submit to the “Only Love” vocal competition hosted by myself and Sally DeFord! Entries have already started coming in and it has been amazing to see the beauty of different approaches. For those who don’t remember what I’m talking about, here is the blog post that talks all about it. There you will find the rules to the competition, details about prizes, the links to all the relevant pages, and in the comments there are some commonly asked questions answered by myself and Sally.
Feel free to ask any further questions here in the comments, and just for fun, here are the main links:
Here is Sally’s page where you can find the sheet music (along with everything else).
Here is a link to where you can download the accompaniment track.
Here is a link to where you can download my version to hear the vocals.
Here is the site you can use to record your vocals.
The rest of the details can be found at the original post.
We’re so excited to see what you’ve got! Good luck!
Me? I’m off to practice the violin. Where when I say “practice the violin” I actually mean “go night night because it’s really late.”