Curtis and Rice Openings?

Discussion in 'Orchestral Auditions [DB]' started by chris1125, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    Any undergrad openings at Curtis or Rice this year?
  2. I'm sure someone is always graduating. Hard to imagine no seniors in a bass section
  3. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    Yeah, it's my understanding that rice doesn't really have undergraduate openings in general but I've heard otherwise from a couple of students. Is this a one spot year at Curtis?
  4. Dbass926


    Jun 20, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    There is a full complement of undergrad bass players at Rice, and there always will be. Best bet is to email the teachers.
  5. Blakewdm


    Jun 17, 2008
    Curtis will have one spot, possibly more depending on the job market.
  6. If you're too good to turn away, there's an opening.
  7. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    Okay, one more question. Would it be okay to do just the bourrees for rice? They want 2 movements of Bach.
  8. Peter Ferretti

    Peter Ferretti

    Jun 7, 2005
    Not a chance.
  9. If it's good.
  10. No.
  11. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    Figured, I'm working on the allemande as well but I just started it, quite a bit of refining left to do.
  12. Guessing you're talking about suite 3? If you are doing it at pitch and it is good then any two movements are fine... Why not suite 1? It falls better on the bass at pitch and you have more open strings and harmonics in your favor than suite 3 in G.... Also suite 1 sounds better on the bass than 3 in any key.
  13. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    Everybody that I've ever heard has done the third suite in G. I could do 1 at key but it's pretty standard to audition with the bourrees. From what I've heard juries don't really like to hear preludes and all that I know from the first and second are the preludes.
  14. I heard from an admissions officer that there should be 1 and 3/4s of a spot open at Curtis.
  15. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
  16. 3/4 a spot open? Is a quarter of someone staying at Curtis?
  17. He said that's the statistical average of bass slots open every year.

    So probably two spots.
  18. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    That doesn't make sense... There's 7 bassists who stay for 5 years, right?
  19. If you really wanted to know, I'm sure you could find Hal Robinsons contact info and email him.
  20. I thought it was four years, and then additional time depending on what Hal and Edgar think. That would make it seven bassists split up into four years--roughly two bassists every year.