First, I just wanted to send out a big thank you to everyone who has commented on the blog, (or sent me tweets!) Every message from you guys is always such a huge boost for me, and I have had some really lovely conversations with you guys over the past few weeks. Last Tuesday I found out that two of my colleagues died, one of whom I had been fairly close with my first year in grad school, and it was just such a help that you guys have been so open and friendly, and really your comments just carried me through that (even thought none of you knew anything about this). Sometimes I get to feeling a bit cursed, because short of people who have survived war or natural disaster, I feel like I've had more friends and family die in my lifetime than most of my other friends (my age) combined. Which is really a self-pitying way of putting it seeing as I'm one of the lucky ones who has gotten through life this far, and being surrounded by so many positive people both in person and online snaps me out of that nonsense pretty quickly because I really have had such a lucky life. But these two have been in my thoughts constantly over the last couple weeks, and every time I listen to a CSO recording of Tchaikovsky 4, I will almost certainly think of Alex.
So, basically the past couple weeks have been INTENSE. I had an audition tape due on Tuesday, but had planned on finishing everything by Monday night to submit it. There were a series of problems:
1. I couldn't get the link for submitting to work
2. It was a video/audio audition tape and while I had the audio....I accidentally deleted the video. Because I am dumb. But it was a good lesson to know.
3. When I DID get the link to work they said they weren't accepting submissions anymore even though the deadline.
So basically I didn't sleep (and Monday and Tuesdays I work at two jobs so I have loooooong days) and spent my first four hours awake on Tuesday anxiously awaiting an e-mail saying whether they'd let me submit or not, only to realize that when they did say it was ok that I literally had 45 minutes to get a take of my concerto. So basically I cycled between despair, elation, and exhaustion haha. The good news is that I got a good take on my second try which is AWESOME because the Mozart is super not my forte. Unfortunately, the likelihood of me ever being called for this group is slim since I only found out about the audition two weeks ago and they're kind of doing a first come first serve which has been open since June and there's only ever going to be one oboe position open (also assuming they even like the tape I sent in). BUT it was definitely well worth doing. It didn't cost me any money, and it really jump started me on the Mozart (which I usually procrastinate on working on since I have such a hard time with it). It also means I have video recordings saved up for the next time a video recording comes in on short notice which is an investment in and of itself!
So it was a rough, stressful time I've been spending away from the blog, but it definitely hasn't been all bad.
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