I have been terrible about posting lately.
I just couldn't figure out when to jump back in and where to start.
But I can't put it off any longer.
I am official done auditioning and applying to schools!
I feel like this has been my main focus since september and it feels so good to be done with it all.
The trips were amazing, so much fun to spend all that time with my husband and to do all the travelling.
On the first trip we drove from florida to chicago then to kentucky then to baltimore down to North Carolina and finally back home to florida. It was intense and fun, so much driving and my first experiences with snow. The first being the tiniest flurry right after my audition in chicago, I cried. I had just had a wonderful audition day and while in the lobby of the school saw tiny flakes falling out the window, I ran outside and spun around and cried. I'm sure all the people walking around are used to this kind of behavior because thankfully no one said anything to me. My second experience with snow was the next night while chris and i were driving through west virginia, it started to snow like crazy. We were on mountain roads with no reflectors and panicking, i was googling what to do in this scenario, how to keep the windows from freezing but being on a mountain in the middle of no where, service was really slow. So we improvised, cracked the windows drove super slow behind a semi but the windows still froze and we had to pull over in a tiny town with no gas station and de ice. luckily we changed to rain ex windshield fluid that can withstand -20 degree weather because one we de iced the sprayers and sprayed the windshield the ice was gone and we could see again. We made it safely to Baltimore around and our comfy hotel bed, i was beat. tip: although it seems like a good idea to follow a semi truck, stay close to the other cars because semi's drop like flies in snow storms, they just all pull over and need repairs. The audition in Baltimore was good but not like chicago, I loved chicago. The student helpers were not as good at peabody, they changed my audition time for an earlier time, so when i arrived i needed a room asap, but all the oboe rooms where filled..with violin kids! wtf.. so i ended up in a harp room for 10 minutes and went straight to my audition. the room was like 10 degreed warmer then the whole school , my poor oboe, and i was sweating profusely the whole time. Also the dynamic in the room wasn't right, maybe it was because i was so late in the day but i felt unwelcome before i even played a note. The overall audition went well, it was brought up that my transcript hadn't arrived and i ended up having to re-send it, it was the only school where my transcript didn't make it. I loved the school, my tests went well there. It was one of the two that had me take tests early, kentucky also tested me. The tests were fun, I sat next to another girl who was auditioning to be an oboe master student and took dictation and answered ear training questions, then off we went for the written theory exam. I really liked peabody and would be thrilled if they accepted me, but my experience in chicago was so much better.
|Me at Brewers art in Baltimore, post auditions and testing.|
The second trip was also really fun, this one was just to kentucky again for my audition and our testing. On this trip we brought the dogs, they holiday in express in lexington allows dogs for 25 extra dollars ( so cheap).
|Leaving Florida with the pups. (I drove this time)|
This trip is when i fell in love with kentucky. The first time i was unimpressed with the city, it was so plain and nothing like chicago. But the second time i saw all the charms of the little city, the ballet theater downtown, the beautiful campus, and how wonderful a nice snow can be. I guess having more than 1 night in a city can really change your perspective on it. My audition was fine, not my best, but the professor Nermis Mieses was amazing. I loved her, she took chris and i to lunch than coffee and while we spoke at coffee she looked at my oboe and noticed i had FOUR cracks... FOUR! I was miserable, she couldn't figure out how i even played on that oboe. but anyways we went back to her office and she glued up my oboe for me. It seals again and I couldn't have been more impressed with any teacher, she took so much time with me and didn't even know me. She is a really fantastic lady.
|Nermis glueing my oboe, ignore my face..|
The last audition trip was me alone on a plane to NY.
I was terrified. I found myself crying again, but this time it was as soon as i stepped onto the terminal.
I hate planes, i don't hate them as much as i did before this trip but if i can avoid using them I will.
I missed my first flight by a minute the flight left at 745 i was standing there at 733, the plane left a few minutes early. but i was put on the next flight and we left on time and i arrived safely in NY.
Gypsy cabs were trying to rip me off charging me 50 dollars to get to manhattan in their creepy unmarked cars, so i took a yellow cab and it only cost 35 dollars to get there.
I met up with chris' brother Dave for a morning beer and a chat.