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Oct. 7th, 2007 | 12:24 am
posted by: diederot in fsusingers

I am very interested in the Music Therapy program at FSU, and my instrument is my voice. I was going to attend the Oct. 13 audition, but I found out about the whole department and the audition not even two weeks ago. I just don't feel ready to go yet. I will audition in January.

Anyway, are there any Music Therapy majors out there? I have been a Musical Theater major at my current college for 2 years, and I realize I do not want to be an actress. My school does not offer Music Therapy so I am transferring. My background is mostly musical theater with a few folk/art songs and maybe two Italian pieces that I've studied in my private lessons. Therefore, I am feeling seriously uneasy about a full out classical audition, which I've never done before.

Although, this is non-performance degree. I feel like maybe it won't be as much of a problem since I'm not trying to be a professional singer but a therapist.

Please share insight, experiences, advice...anything! Thanks. (I'm so glad this group exists!)

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Nov. 9th, 2006 | 05:08 pm
mood: confusedconfused
music: Into the Woods
posted by: starwoman in fsusingers

I am getting absolutely desperate.

One of the peices I'm singing in my lessons this semester is Lerchengesang by Brahms.

6/8 time has always been the bane of my existance, but I've learned to like it. Or at least count it. The peice is not only in 6/8 time, but its in CUT TIME. JOY! Um, no. For the entire first half of the song, I have triplets (in this awful 6/8 cut time) against a more straight rhythm that has nothing to do with me. This changes into a more straight rhythm for ME which COMPLETELY throws me off because I'd been pretending like I can count 6/8 cut time (because no one has yet to adequately explain how to do so against the piano part.) and then it randomly switches and THEN, four or five measures later, it changes back to this awful 6/8 cut time against the more or less straight piano. Its positively dreadful. Its a beautiful but VERY challenging peice of music.

My teacher keeps telling me to think in two (which doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever. I've been trying to think in three and its sortof worked, but then I get thrown off or lost.

If someone would be so kind to explain how this works (and I will gladly scan, zip, and e-mail the music so you can see what I'm talking about) I will be forever in your debt.

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Jan. 13th, 2006 | 12:39 pm
mood: curiouscurious
music: You Don't Know Me, Michael Buble
posted by: starwoman in fsusingers

...and one more quick question before I leave you all alone.

Should I be bringing all of my repertoire, or just the four peices I'm prepared to sing?

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Jan. 13th, 2006 | 12:02 pm
mood: geekygeeky
music: L'amour S'envole, arr. Weckerlin (in my head)
posted by: starwoman in fsusingers

Has anyone heard (or sung) the Bergerettes? They're these little French folk songs that Weckerlin arranged for soloist voice, and they're absolutely wonderful to sing. I'll be singing one for my audition, and I was just curious if anyone had heard (or sung) them.

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Jan. 3rd, 2006 | 01:59 pm
mood: curiouscurious
music: Paul Simon
posted by: starwoman in fsusingers

Just one quick question...

My audition date is January 21st and I can't seem to find where, on the FSU website, is the list of things I need to bring with me to the audition.

I know I need my repatoire list as well as the music and my letters of recomendation, but I know there has to be more than that.

I also have specific questions, such as, may my music be photocoppied, or do I need to borrow the actual books from my voice teacher? Will I be able to practice with the pianist before the audition, and if so, when does that take place?

And on a vocalist note...my repitoire is strong and very diverse-I have everything from operatic arias to french folk songs to gorgeous Brahams to musical theatere. And, of course, a number of the 21 Italian Art Songs. So my question is...what should I sing? I know I should show them my ability to sing languages (which, in addition to musicality, my strongest card I have to play when I walk in there). I realize this is something I need to take up with my teacher, which I will, but I need to hear it from people who have done it and lived to tell the tale.


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Dec. 16th, 2005 | 11:51 pm
mood: coldcold
music: You Don't Know Me, Michael Buble
posted by: starwoman in fsusingers

I'm the sort of person who, if given the right frame of mind paired with the perfect song, can listen to that song for hours on end. That song is then classified among my "Current Favorite Songs" whenever I do a survey, which, as we all know, is quite frequently. For example. Right now, if asked, I would list Michael Buble's You Don't Know Me among my Current Favorites, while my Supreme Favorite Song is and always will be The Bangles' Eternal Flame.

I have a general rule for books and music, that is that if I hear mention of them by at least three different people, that song/band/artist/musical/book goes on the list for download/checking out at Barnes & Nobles. I've met so many cool artists by this fashion (the most recent including The Postal Service, Ryanhood, Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum, Michael Buble, etc.) and I want to be introduced to more. And thats where you guys come in.

Since my friends (that would be you guys) have rather diverse and quite excellent taste in music, I thought I would pimp the following challenge both to my friends list and to a few of the communities I frequent:

Is there a song you really, really love, be it right now or your supreme favorite? Or maybe you know my taste in music and think I absolutely MUST be introduced to this song/band/artist/musical/etc. Send it to immortalgravity42@yahoo.com Even if you're not sure if its my thing, the list of what I DON'T like is considerably shorter than what I DO.

So hook me up. And I'll share the love.

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Oct. 19th, 2005 | 05:08 pm
posted by: proudtobeblonde in fsusingers

Hi there guys, I'm a freshman vocal major here at FSU, and I am in DIRE need of a piano accompanist. My lesson is Thursday Mornings, 9:00 to 10:00 am, but I would only need you there from 9:30 to 10:00 am. If you can do this on a weekly basis, or know of any way to help, please comment back. I need some help on this one!!

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Oct. 17th, 2005 | 04:42 pm
mood: curiouscurious
music: Eric Whitacre
posted by: starwoman in fsusingers

Hey guys, my name is Jen, I've been vocally diagnosed as a Lyric Soprano, currently attend a community college (in Florida) and I'm hoping to transfer to Florida State in the fall of next year.

I will go to whichever university gives me the most scholarship money, of course, but my first choice is and always has been Florida State. I was involved in the Community College Symposium in the last two years up there, and enjoyed every moment of it. I'm already familiar with some of the faculty, I know where the practice rooms are, a friend is a junior vocal performance major in the University Singers (and God only knows what else he does up there), and then of course, there is football season.

For as long as I can remember, long before I even got to college, I declared myself a Choral Music Education Major. I had no issues with the major, it was the only thing I could really see myself doing. My minor changed a half dozen times, in various subjects in the arts, history, and psychology.

Once I got to college, however, I started taking voice lesson. In the last year or two, I've become one of the principle singers in our choir, as well as in the voice department. (I'm NOT used to this, and I know the trend will not perpetuate into the univeristy level, so thats not the issue.)

I'm having a grand time developing my voice and though I've come a long way from where I was when I started, I know I'm probably not good enough to pursue performance as a career, but I do want to explore how far I can go with my voice. Even if I was, I don't think it would make me happy forever. So Education is more my thing.

What I'm contemplating doing, is when I get to the university level, to change my major (something I thought I'd never do even think about) to Vocal Performance and when I'm ready, go back to school and do the education.

Education is where my heart is, but performance is something I never thought I could do, and now I'm starting to prove to myself what my teacher has been telling me for the last few years that maybe I CAN do this, I want to take it as far as I can possibly go.

I'm very good with languages I love Italian, the language (which I take now) and the music. I dislike learning but love singing French, particularly if its fast. My voice teacher introduced me to a cycle of 20 French folk songs arranged by Weckerlin, and I've sung nearly half of them. I don't love but don't quite hate German anymore.

Something I was curious about though: I've heard how strenuous the vocal performance program is up there, and I was wondering exactly what I'm getting myself into.

Also, I'd like to know about the audition process, if I need to provide a list of repertory before I make the apointment.


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Jul. 16th, 2005 | 12:42 pm
mood: happyhappy
music: eleanor rigby-the beetles, stuck in head
posted by: kitt3h in fsusingers

the name's kat, i'll be attending fsu in the fall as a theatre studies major. it's been my dream to go into musical theatre, but since i doubt i have enough time to develop the talent fsu's department is looking for in the time i have, i've decided to just nurture what musical talent i do have. during the fall i'll be in the coral union, and i was just wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it, like how intense or not it actually is, what the professor's like, how much i should be expected to practice/commit, how often i'll be expected to perform outside of class, etc.

thanks in advance

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Jun. 19th, 2005 | 07:53 pm
posted by: erikaseastarre in fsusingers

what does the University Singers audition include?

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