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Postby windshieldbug » Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:26 pm

MaryAnn wrote:And all the heavy guys with fat cheeks will have to play something else, like violin, because of all the grade school girls who will take up tuba now.

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I never would have taken up the tuba if I thought I wasn't going to meet cute babes! 8)
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Postby mgilbert » Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:36 pm

windshieldbug wrote:
MaryAnn wrote:And all the heavy guys with fat cheeks will have to play something else, like violin, because of all the grade school girls who will take up tuba now.

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I never would have taken up the tuba if I thought I wasn't going to meet cute babes! 8)

...and what, stuff them in your bell for easy transport and storage? :oops:
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Postby louish_006 » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:38 pm

First of all, congrats to Carol. I think this is awesome and great and just gives me more motivation to practice. I'm just 19 and starting my bachelors in Quebec city and practice my excerpts at least 2 hours a day. This just makes me want to practice more and more, but hey....gotta have some kind of life. But anyways, with my small 5 hours a day of concentrated practice, I just hope that one day I'll have the chance to get an orchestral job. Finally, congrats to Carol for that awesome breakthrough. Hope this audition might inspire some people. :lol:
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Postby pulseczar » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:12 am

I think this intimidates more than inspires, but wow. Carol's amazing. Huge congrats to her. I definitely wanna go down to Philly and see her play one day now.
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Postby TubaBluba » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:27 am

Yes, very intimidating. It makes me, a young player, nervous about what is to come.
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Question about new Philly Tuba Player

Postby BassBlatt » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:29 am

From what I've heard - she sounds great on solos. Has anyone heard her play orchestral exerpts? Cause - well - she did win an orchestral job.

Just wondering.
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Re: Question about new Philly Tuba Player

Postby mgilbert » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:35 am

BassBlatt wrote:From what I've heard - she sounds great on solos. Has anyone heard her play orchestral exerpts? Cause - well - she did win an orchestral job.

Just wondering.


I felt a seismic disturbance in GA at approximately the same time she was playing Fountains for the audition committee, does that count?
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Postby BassBlatt » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:58 am

Umm - no.
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Re: Question about new Philly Tuba Player

Postby Gator » Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:18 am

mgilbert wrote:
BassBlatt wrote:From what I've heard - she sounds great on solos. Has anyone heard her play orchestral exerpts? Cause - well - she did win an orchestral job.

Just wondering.


I felt a seismic disturbance in GA at approximately the same time she was playing Fountains for the audition committee, does that count?
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Fountains was not on the list this time. (which is actually a good idea). :wink:
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Postby Doc » Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:34 am

Fountains is a real ball-buster to really do it right. It separates the men from the boys...and...uh... the women from the girls. I'm confident Carol would nail the hell out of it.

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Re: Question about new Philly Tuba Player

Postby bloke » Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:41 am

Gator wrote:Fountains was not on the list this time. (which is actually a good idea). :wink:


Everything is always on "the list".

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Re: Question about new Philly Tuba Player

Postby Doc » Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:48 am

bloke wrote:Everything is always on "the list".

sightreading


You had better have EVERYTHING prepared, list or no list. If you're the least bit serious about auditioning, you should be able to nail all the excerpts that could ever possibly be asked for.
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Postby Gator » Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:02 am

Doc wrote:Fountains is a real ball-buster to really do it right. It separates the men from the boys...and...uh... the women from the girls. I'm confident Carol would nail the hell out of it.

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Yes...Fountains is a real ball-buster BUT it is a real POS! You play for about one minute, there is very little good music to play and it is a waste of valuable time for the committee. Even when it performed in the orchestra, with a real pipe organ, the tuba is seldom heard. IMO...not a good piece to ask on an audition as there are many other pieces that are more revealing of a musical talent. Fountains may be impressive to the trombonist on the committee but I'm sure the piece leaves the trumpet horn and non-brass committee members (in the context of audition) scratching their heads.

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Postby Doc » Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:07 am

I would expect it be used for the sightreading or section playing portion of the audition. And, of course, they may want to just see how well you bust your balls. Regardless, you had better have brass balls that drag the ground.

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Postby Gator » Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:32 am

Doc wrote:I would expect it be used for the sightreading or section playing portion of the audition. And, of course, they may want to just see how well you bust your balls. Regardless, you had better have brass balls that drag the ground.

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Sightreading..maybe but not realistic. Section playing would be a no.

Generally, all the section pieces are rehearsed by the trombone section BEFORE the audition. Most orchestra musicians do not have the time to go through non-standard, fringe repertoire before the audition and rehearsing Fountains is time consuming. Bruckner, Tchaikovsky and Mahler are great to ask and worth the valuable time that is available. Also keep in mind, the parts to Fountains are rental, not available and need permission from the publisher to be used.

The bass trombone has much of this with the tuba but the tenors have very little and it is not a difficult piece for them. BUT if I were a bass trombonist and my new music director (who did not hire me) would ask me to play this in a final round with tuba applicants, I would be messing in my pants!

Yes...it is difficult but way too much emphasis is placed upon this piece by many tubist in the USA. Many tuba players in major symphony orchestras may have only one or two chances to play this in their entire carreer.

An impressive piece for the stupid, a waste of time for others.
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Postby TubaRay » Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:46 am

MaryAnn wrote:I also wonder how long it will be before tuba is a "sissy girl instrument" like flute!!! And all the heavy guys with fat cheeks will have to play something else, like violin, because of all the grade school girls who will take up tuba now.
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Postby joshstanman » Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:38 am

Don't let Carol's success discourage anyone in any way. I nearly did, but stopped and thought. It's just like any set of data. She's an (extreme)outlier in a big set of data. For the one Carol, there are a few hundred middle aged men who make the same contributions.

Yes, I'm amazed. In no way do I mean to detract from Carol's accomplishment. Congratulations!
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Postby kontrabass » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:04 pm

I agree with you for the most part, Gator...I think Fountains is emphasized way too much compared to its importance in the repertoire.
But the purpose of the audition is not only to find the best musical fit for the orchestra, although that's the main goal - sometimes, with as many as 100+ applicants showing up for a tuba position, there just has to be a quick way of weeding out those who are less qualified. Fountains is HARD, unless you've got great technique, and even then it's not easy. So it should stand to reason that those players who can't put forth a good effort, making a solid sound in the low register on Fountains in an audition setting, are not going to win the job. Fountains, like Bydlo, can be a really convenient way to weed out those players who don't represent the "total package".
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Postby Chuck Jackson » Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:15 pm

Seems to me that Fountains is kicking enough butt to be whined about. Suck it up and practice. Carol is a phenom who practices. That is the only inspiration anyone needs.

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Re: Question about new Philly Tuba Player

Postby Steve Marcus » Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:58 pm

bloke wrote:
Gator wrote:Fountains was not on the list this time. (which is actually a good idea). :wink:


Everything is always on "the list".

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Besides, Carol will be playing Fountains with the orchestra in their 2006-2007 season.
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