so i contacted four community bands/orchestras and will be playing in probably 3, though i’ve only rehearsed with one of the three yet.
the fourth one was the austin symphonic band; they let me sit in on a rehearsal even though they don’t need any oboes. as it happened two of the oboists were gone that night so it was a good thing i was around. they’re phenomenal. it’s a full-on symphonic band lineup with 90 players. big rich sound, totally amazing. bummer i won’t be joining them, but whatever.
i went to the waterloo wind band’s rehearsal on monday night and it was fun — a small, growing group that has a lot of promise. they’re rehearsing for a spring concert and so it’s all broadway and pops, which i kinda dislike. but oh well — they were so glad to have an oboist — they had none at all — that they were all “an oboe! yay!!” when i walked in.
then i had a little, brief audition with the conductor of the st. edward’s university orchestra — apparently it’s such that they need players from the community to fill out the roster, as st. ed’s is not exactly a music school. i played a bit of the schumann i’ve been working on (three romances) and did a little sightreading for him, and he was satisfied and invited me to play. i think he just wanted to make sure i didn’t completely suck.
this coming tuesday is the austin civic wind ensemble‘s rehearsal. i inquired and they were totally like yeah, come along. don’t know much about them. they’re way up north and the rehersals are 7:30 to 9:30 pm — that gets me home around 10, and then i get up at 4:30 for work, which sucks as i try to be in bed by 9, but whatever. i’ll manage. waterloo is the same hours but they’re like 5-10 minutes away. st. ed’s is earlier, 5-7 and they’re totally close too.
so st. ed’s is sunday night, waterloo is monday night, and ACWE is tuesday night. i kinda wonder if i’m spreading myself too thin, but we’ll see.
the howarth is lovely but i have to break it in carefully so i can only play it like 10 minutes at a time for a while.
i tried to make a reed yesterday but it was a huge fail. couldn’t keep the cane straight, couldn’t tie it tight enough to close the sides, couldn’t wrap it well… god, it was awful. i was watching kerry willingham’s videos on youtube and trying to follow along but didn’t succeed. gonna have to have faith teach me in person. i used to make my reeds back when, but apparently i’ve completely forgotten how. the reeds i’ve been buying so far completely suck. argh.
i really need to get my butt into the encaustic studio again — haven’t been in weeks. i’ve got plenty of time to do it, just haven’t been sufficiently motivated.