Repertoire List: 2016-2017 Academic Year

Song cycles, sonatas, concertos, etc. were performed in their entirety unless otherwise specified.

Works performed in public:

Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, “Spring”
Bellini Dolente imagine di Fille mia
Brahms Sonntag, Op. 47, No. 3
Brahms “Vergebliches Ständchen” from Romanzen und Gesäng, Op. 84
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Brahms Wir wandelten, Op. 96, No. 2
Child, Peter Moonscapes (2005)
Debussy Première Rhapsodie
Dutilleux Sarabande et cortège for Bassoon and Piano
Ginastera Pampeana No. 2 for Cello and Piano, Op. 21
Haydn The Mermaid’s Song, Hob.XXVIa:25
Mozart “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja” from Die Zauberflöte
Myaskovsky Cello Sonata No. 2 in a minor, Op. 81
Poulenc Clarinet Sonata
Purcell Sweeter than Roses
Rorem Spring
Schumann, Clara Liebst du um Schönheit, Op. 12, No. 2
Schumann, Clara Lorelei, Op. 53 No. 2
Schumann, Robert Phantasiestücke, Op. 73
Tansman Suite for Bassoon and Piano
Verdi “Saper vorreste” from Un ballo in maschera
Wieniawski Polonaise brillante No. 1 in D Major, Op. 4
Wilder Suite No. 1 for Tuba and Piano
Wolf “Die Bekehrte” from Goethe Lieder
Wolf “Die Spröde” from Goethe Lieder

Works prepared for competitions, masterclasses, and recordings:

Arditi Il Bacio
Bach “Ich folge dir gleichfalls” from St. John Passion, BWV 245
Bach “Zerfliesse, mein Herze” from St. John Passion, BWV 245
Bellini “Ah! non credea mirarti… Ah non giunge” from La Sonnambula
Bellini Ma rendi pur contento
Bloch Abodah
Britten “Be kind and courteous” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 64
Charpentier “Depuis le jour” from Louise
Copland Violin Sonata (Andante semplice)
Debussy Pierrot
Donizetti “Regnava nel silenzio” from Lucia di Lamermoor
Fauré Après un rêve, Op. 7, No. 1
Floyd “Ain’t it a pretty night?” from Susannah
Franck Violin Sonata in A major (movements I and II)
Grieg Violin Sonata No. 3 in c minor, Op. 45 (Allegro molto ed appassionato)
Handel “Rejoice greatly” from Messiah
Mozart “Der Hölle Rache” from Die Zauberflöte
Obradors “Con amores, la mi madre Canciones” from Clásicas Españolas
Obradors “Del cabello más sutil Canciones” from Clásicas Españolas
Ravel “Chanson a boire” from Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Sarasate Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25
Schubert Der Wanderer, D 493
Schubert Du bist die Ruh, D 776
Stravinsky Suite Italienne (movements I–III)
Sullivan “Poor Wand’ring One” from Pirates of Penzance
Vaughan Williams “Whither must I wander?” from Songs of Travel

Fun fact: I’ve now played Schumann’s Phantasiestücke, Op. 73 with bassoon, cello, and clarinet.

10 Reasons the Audition Panel is Frowning

An unhappy-looking audition panel can really exacerbate the stress of auditioning, but fret not! Here are 10 reasons the jury might be frowning that have nothing to do with your performance.

  1. Not a morning person
  2. The room is too cold/hot
  3. Need more coffee (See #1)
  4. Uncomfortable chairs
  5. No cookie in the boxed lunch
  6. Food coma
  7. Wedgie
  8. Just remembered that email I forgot to reply to
  9. RBF
  10. No bathroom breaks

Why I f’ed up: thoughts on performance anxiety (Part 1)

Assuming one is adequately prepared, why do mistakes still happen in performance? Some possibilities from my personal experience:

a) Distraction: Thinking about something non-musically related and performing on auto-pilot. Sometimes auto-pilot works just fine, but switching focus back to music is when things go wrong.

b) Evaluation: Thinking, “That could’ve been better,” or “This is going well!” Whether positive or negative, evaluation means I’m thinking about what already happened instead of listening and being in the moment. Not much different from a) in effect.

c) Self-doubt: Thinking, “Do I remember the fingering/notes here?” “Can I play this part?” Obviously the answer is “yes,” but the second I doubt it, I screw it up.

d) Forgetting: Some things require extra concentration or intentional counting to execute, and I don’t remember to do it unless it’s written in my score. (I’m sorry to report this worsens with age.)

e) Accidents: Sometimes mistakes just happen because we’re human.

Stay tuned for Part 2: Strategies to avoid f’ing up!