On December 1st, I mailed in my application to the Glenn Gould School. And in a week or two, I’ll get the application process started for UofT (it’s a freakin’ complicated process). Beyond needing to get a CV ready, repertoire list, reference letters, transcripts, etc, I need to put a huge emphasis on my audition material for the next two months. After all, there’s only ever one tuba allowed in the GGS at a time.
I have been working on rep intensly for a number of weeks. On my C, I’m working on the Ride [of the Valkyries] and the Dragon solo from Das Reingold. The Dragon solo is specifically required for the GGS audition. It’s low and quiet.
I’d like to include another excerpt on my C – maybe the Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliette – the one from Suite no.2 (i.e. the one in f minor). On my Eb, I’ll want to include some kinda Berlioz (Hungarian March; Symphonie Fantastique; one of the overtures; …). I’ll look into a few other things too. Perhaps the Bear solo from Pétrouchka by Stravinsky. Maybe the Bydlo solo … but I dunno … that’s pretty delicate, especially if they wanna hear the final high G# in pianissimo. I’ll work on it though. Heck, I’ve been surprised at my upper range on my Eb lately – high Bb is noticeably easier and cleaner. On my C, the high-high C is sounding too. How awesome is that???
Then, obviously, there’s the Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba. That’s needed for both the GGS and UofT. I’ve been working on that for a few weeks too. It’s gonna be fantastic. That’s worth a blog post on its own (or two or three).
For UofT, they don’t request orchestral excerpts, but they want a contrasting solo. Two years ago, I played Air and Bourrée. I distinctly remember getting a look and being asked about playing it on my Eb – it’s intended for Bb tuba (so that higher Bb is a challenge) – so besides the low G, it’s easier on Eb. I feel though that I should come to the UofT audition with something new – I’ll take a gander at my solo library and see what I’ve got.