Warning: Longish post with 2 parts
If I can pull the required rep together on time for the auditions for Aspen Music Festival I'm going to apply there. I'd be applying for the Vocal Accompanying program (kind of by default). Part A
The application asks for a list of 3 teachers I would like to study with. On the faculty this year are:
Anne Epperson (replacing Rita Sloan this year)
Choong Mo Kang
Does anyone here have experience with any of these teachers? Two of my previous teachers were in Ann Schein's studio at the same time, and both thought she was a great teacher. I've spoken to Anne Epperson when I was applying to grad schools, and she's definitely one of my 3. Other than that, I don't know the others. Part B
Per the website,
Recordings are used for studio placement. BOTH A RECORDED AUDITION AND A LIVE AUDITION ARE REQUIRED.
Recording must be at least thirty minutes in length, starting with solo piano and including collaborative works, with at least two works/movements in contrasting style and tempo. One must be from the Classical Era.
And in the application itself it says:
These submissions are a required part of the application process for all students, new and returning. Audition recordings are used by artist-faculty members to select students for their private studios and to make scholarship recommendations. Acceptance to the Aspen Music Festival and School is contingent upon acceptance into a private studio.
I'm wondering how much the recording factors into acceptance to the program versus the live audition. Is it also weird to have different things on my live audition than on my live audition?
I'm thinking of using different material for the recording, stuff that I played in recitals last year (see Member recordings for a couple examples) because that is easier to put together before Friday. If I played my new stuff, I'd also have to find time for rehearsals and recording times with soloists. For the live audition in 3 weeks I will then have the time to bring some other material to a better standard than the recording - I've made improvements to my technique since last year.