College Auditions 2006

Discussion in 'Orchestral Auditions [DB]' started by PaulCannon, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. So, who else out there is on the college-shopping circuit? I'm applying to five schools this year.

    Peabody: Sent a tape in on December 1. Still waiting for results.

    Indiana University: Auditioned on January 14 and was accepted, presumably to study with Bruce Bransby.

    Boston University: Friday, February 17. I don't know a lot about this school, but I've heard really great things. I'm hoping to get into Ed Barker's studio.

    Curtis Institute of Music: Saturday, February 25. Yeah, I know...

    Rice University: Yet to be scheduled. I sent a DVD a long time ago, and I'm supposed to hear back some time soon as to whether I get to go to the live audition.
  2. sibass89


    Jan 29, 2006
    Cincinnati, OH
    Sounds great. I'm applying to three schools.

    I have MSM on March 5th...hopefull into Grossman's studio

    Then I have Juilliard on March 6th...hope to continue with my teacher, Mr. Levinson


    Lynn University. Shigeru Ishikawa is the faculty and he is a great player and a student of Levinson. The conservatory is rather new and up and coming but great things are coming out of there.

    Good luck with your auditions. Sounds like you have things under control.
  3. Well i'm not auditioning for a college (i will next year) but i'm auditioning for a scholorship on feb the 27th that pays for governers school and/or music summer camps all over the country. I'll know what i'm playing tomorrow evening.
  4. Farin


    Oct 19, 2004
    Akron, Ohio
    I just found out I was accepted and awarded a very generous scholarship to Berklee College of Music last week. Apperently everyone was right when they said they had a good amount of money for Bass Players. I am being considered for full tuition, and hopefully that will lock things in so I can go there for sure next year. Wish me luck. And Good luck to everyone on their auditions.
    Also, if anyone has a Berklee Audition coming up, PM me, I'd be happy to help you out, or give suggestions! :smug:
  5. Farin


    Oct 19, 2004
    Akron, Ohio
    So Paul,
    What's your first pick anyhow? My classical teacher went to Rice. I know its a good school, but nothing else really. I'm interested in what you are looking for in college. I'm assuming your a classical major, and wouldn't be interested in pursing jazz.
  6. kraid


    Apr 11, 2003
    Here's my dates:

    February 10th - Eastman
    February 19th - New England Conservatory
    February 24th - Curtis
    March 6th - Manhattan School of Music
    March 7th - Juilliard & Mannes
  7. Curtis would be my first choice, although Rice would be just as great. Really, anything in a city would be fine by me at this point.
  8. G-force


    Jul 1, 2004
    oslo Norway
    Hey guys, when in Philly do check out "Tequillas" on 16th and locust just2 blocks from Curtis. The best authentic mexican cuisine on the east coast....

    Other than that good luck at Curtis and be prepared for lots of stair climbing with your axe.

  9. Justin K-ski

    Justin K-ski

    May 13, 2005
    I was going to apply to only Juilliard but my parent's won't let me. :-/

    So I have
    CCM 2/28
    Juilliard 6/6

    and I still have to make a tape for Indiana.
  10. I am green with envy at you people.

    I have this impossible fantasy of quitting my crappy day job and going back to university to study for a degree in music performance/composition at one of the prestigious arts universities here. It would be an incredible experience to be amongst musicians again and being part of the thriving melting pot of upcoming and inspired talents.

    After I graduated from high school many years ago I spent a couple of years studying and developing my chops at a music college as a pianist before going to university to study for a completely unrelated degree. It was an unforgettable experience that has come back to haunt me in recent years. But with a mortgage and other responsibilities I just can't quit my day job to go back to study in that capacity again. Besides, if I went back for a music degree, I'd want to do it as a bassist and my chops are definitely not up to scratch on this instrument.

    Good luck with all your auditions.

    *edited - taking my impossible fantasy up the next level to more impossible heights includes studying at Berklee or Juilliard.
  11. JayR


    Nov 9, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I just auditioned for UCLA over the weekend (as a transfer). Did well. Chris Hanulik gave me good vibes and pretty much told me that they wanted me in the dept, now I just have to find out if my meager 3.4 GPA will get me through with the main admission office (My ineptitude at caring about my GE could very well be my downfall.) You know, it's really unnerving playing cello suite material for a panel that has a cello teacher on it, cuz you just KNOW they're tearing apart every single thing about every single note. That's why I love obscure bass music, because if you mess up a little, the only person who will know is the bassist on the panel, and they probably won't care.

    Anyone else here audition for UCLA in the fall? anybody?
  12. kraid


    Apr 11, 2003
    The only reason I'm applying to all those schools is because I'd like to have some backups for the New York schools. Otherwise I would have only applied to Manhattan and Juilliard. Had I known Mensch was about to pass away I wouldn't have applied to Mannes.
  13. I have been offered from Berklee college of music in boston (not a full ride though) i only have 3,000 per year but i hope to make it a full ride by next year. I probably wont go there but I want it to be a possibility to fall back on
  14. Interesting to read this comment.

    Oddly enough, I never lived or studied in a city that had a major orchestra - until I won my job. A "city" is not necessary unless you're "'jazz-giggin'".

    First-person accounts of Rice University say 'it was a brilliant place to be'; great students who are very focused, great teachers who are even more focused, great orchestras with a brilliant conductor.

    Curtis would also be an ideal setting.

    IU is also obviously a very productive place to study.

    I personally wish I'd been far enough along to go to any of those places for an undergrad, but I had not even had a bass lesson when I left high school!
    I did IU for grad school, with Bruce Bransby, and it was the perfect fit. I even turned down far bigger scholarships at big universities, because it was clear that IU had the teachers, atmosphere, students and facilities to be The Right Place For Me.
  15. I think my above post didn't really explain what I'm thinking very well. I'd really like to go to any of those schools. I'm hesitant to live in Bloomington for four years, but I'm sure it'd be worth it. I really, really liked working with Bransby this last summer in Aspen.
  16. It's absolutely worthwhile.
  17. ILIA


    Jan 27, 2006
    Great advice. For undergrad, I would go for the teacher who will get me to my peak in a school atmosphere that will inspire me to get there. The city situation is great for gigging and networking, but undergrad, I believe, is all about getting chops and musical sensibilities in order. Lots of schools will do this.

    IU is unusual because of its mammoth enrollment. 45+ bass majors and 1600 music majors last time I checked. One thing no one ever mentions about IU is that it is a GREAT place to meet hordes of other musicians and bass players to exchange ideas and hang out with. (And those informal social ties that you make in the undergrad can often become indispensable professional contacts 10-20 years later).
  18. Ben Joella

    Ben Joella

    May 31, 2004
    Boca Raton, FL
    And on the undergrad side of gigging...I would not advise taking every gig you can (unless you are paying your way to a big price tag school).

    In any of those areas contractors know that they can get very cheap, very talented kids to play their gigs. Take some so that you can get your orchestra chops set, but during undergrad, your time is best spent locked in a room practicing. I think you will find that the guys who are gigging the most in undergrad are not always the ones who go on to killer grad schools or significant orchestras.

    imho :)
  19. ineedajob


    Apr 5, 2005
    B. Johnson,

    Which gig pays you $75 a service? because if your including gas and compensation for use of car into the total "per" service price, you are making it sound much better then it is.
    If not, my bad, it just sounds like your including extra money into the service fee.

    I understand where Ben is coming from, he's just saying that your best bet is to practice instead of gig in undergrad (generally)..... it's a loose statement to say these people that do are not going to move on.
  20. My symphony Director said that he was brought down only 100 miles and all of his expenses were paid in full + he earned 500$ for his services. He said he had a total of 6 notes in the whole peice. 6notes