Hey everyone, hope all is well!
I have been very absent lately because I have been preparing for auditions. Good news, I won my first audition of the fall!
The group is called Symphony Number One (symphno1.org/) and it's a group of young people from the mid-atlantic/Baltimore/DC area, performing older standard works alongside music that is being written today. I'm excited for this opportunity, because as I watch more and more orchestras go under and downsize, my generation of musicians must create our own opportunities. I just got lucky to be appointed to this orchestra (principal bassoon!) and they have already made a great start. I'm working closely with our music director, Jordan Smith, and it's been really gratifying. Some of the things that I'm working on (fundraising, development, social media) are a little outside my comfort zone, but I know that these are all skills I can carry through the rest of my career.
I'm actually on my way to my next audition in Sarasota on Monday. I was invited to this audition about a month ago and bought my plane ticket before I won my current job, but I still have to take the audition. It'll probably go really easy since I feel like a lot of pressure is off.
ALSO! Since Symphony Number One is in Baltimore, it means that I have some job security in town and I can kind of breathe a sigh of relief as far as my relationship goes. Adrian and I can be together in the same city for the first time in SIX--S I XXXXXX years!
If you'd like to donate a few bucks to our cause, I'd be so grateful.