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I must be doing something right....

Thank you to those who sent musical thoughts my way this afternoon. It must have worked.

I walked into the audition feeling very underprepared, and I made no secret of the fact. I looked sharp: had trimmed my beard and was wearing a blood red long-sleeve shirt, black jeans, my black leather jacket, and a black and dark gray tie. I walked with confidence and spoke with confidence, looking straight into Mr. Wyneken's eyes as I greeted him with a firm handshake. But when he asked what I wanted to start with, I said, "I don't know. I guess we should start with the Sois immobile, since I only learned that this weekend." "You learned it this weekend? Do you feel comfortable with it?" "Not at all, but you guys wanted two arias." I proceeded to explain how I had been working exclusively on songs lately and hadn't worked on an aria in perhaps two years.

He decided we should start with the Non piu andrai, since I said I was a bit more comfortable with that aria. This, as you probably know, is contrary to my life's philosophy of "save the best for last," but, oh well....

After I sang Non piu andrai, Mr. Wyneken commented that "that was very good, especially considering you don't feel very comfortable with it." Then we began Sois immobile. We got halfway through when he interrupted me: "I don't need to hear anymore. You're definitely getting in our program." Um, okay. I expected he would have to check with the other program co-director or something, but I guess not.

I never expected I would get into a program at New England Conservatory so easily. Gee, I wonder if I'll have the same sort of success at my Cincinnati audition in a couple of weeks. I can only hope, but admission to Cincinnati is extremely competitive, so I'll do my best but not raise my hopes too high.


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Mar. 2nd, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
You've been doing well lately. I'm not surprised but I am happy, both for you and in general. Good going.
Mar. 2nd, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hell, yeah! That's what I'm talking about!


Mar. 2nd, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm really happy for you, chasing your dream like this.
Mar. 2nd, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC)
Work it good. But don't get overconfident.
Mar. 2nd, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC)
Spoken like someone who knows me. ;) It's like last night... My team was down 7-12 when I started serving. And I kept serving aces. And suddenly it was 14-12, gamepoint us, and I got overconfident and tried to make the perfect serve instead of doing the same thing I had been doing. I just missed the ace, and we never got another sideout.

I do have to be careful not to get overconfident. I'm on a good roll right now, but there will be plenty of disappointments, failures, and rejections before I get any real successes. I am aiming high -- extremely high -- with Cincinnati. Maybe my good fortunes will hold up, but I've got to be humble and plug away at it, whether I get in or not. Thanks for the great advice.
Mar. 2nd, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Good luck on the next audition.
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