I found out I was lesbian when a French horn player asked me to finger her in the practice room. My best friend saw it through a window neither she nor I knew about. He still lowkey jokes about it. I still have no regrets.
Hey, I promised some of you way back that I would post a recording of myself but was always too embarrassed to post anything, then I had an embouchure change. But finally, here’s a little taste of an audition I recorded this last week.
I'd just like to point out that at an audition yesterday I was waiting in line for the sight reading room, right and then one guy asks if anyone saw the new Star Wars movie. Every horn player in that hallway shrieked in unison, "DID YOU HEAR THAT HORN SOLO AT THE END" and then there was nothing but screaming and flailing of hands and jumping up and down.
horns will always be the REAL stars of the cinema.
We’re looking for submissions of your favorite excerpts for any upcoming (or past auditions). My own personal favorite from this year is the horn solo from Symphonic Dances from Westside Story, Somewhere. Gorgeous!
Sometimes I want to disobey my parents and do things like sneak out the house but then I realized I’m a 5'3 French Horn player who isn’t brave enough to ask for another pack of ketchup at fast food restaurants
When Horn Players See Sleigh Ride for the First Time
You can feel the excitement. Christmas really IS coming! You’ve been stuck with cheesy medleys and boring church carols since the day after Remembrance Day. But this? This one is special. They’re passing the parts down. You can already hear the clarinets playing that melody you can’t help but love.
The parts are coming. The paper is yellow and old, with a stamp from the university music department. Sleigh Ride, the original arrangement. This is some serious stuff!
A clarinet passes your part to you. Oooooh, this is going to be AMAAAZ—
What is this.
No. Offbeats? FUCKING OFFBEATS?!
THE WHOLE DAMN THING?
WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT?!
You asked what this is?
This, dear horn player, is your life.
I don't know if you've answered this, but why did you choose to pursue music? I would love to major in horn performance but I got a late start as I originally played flute and I'm scared that it is too big of a risk and I should do something more practical like law or medicine. Playing horn is just so awesome feeling.
My choice was kind of on a whim. At first I just kinda picked it because I didn’t really care either way and I thought it would be fun. However, as I got more and more immersed in music and I really started to understand it as a language and an art (Seriously… you have no idea. High school teaches you almost nothing about this) and started appreciating it more, I began to love it even more than I might have in high school. I got a late start as well. I had played the horn for only 1 1/2 - 2 years before I started college and yeah, it was really rough for a while. However, hard work and dedication do pay off. I don’t really believe in “can’t” and sometimes have trouble understanding people who “just don’t get things”, so maybe my perspective is really skewed. However, if you are going to be dedicated enough and set your goals and standards high enough and work with an iron heart, I believe it’s possible.
And yes, it is a HUGE risk for everyone. However, just because you get a degree in music doesn’t mean you can only do music. Many employers do look for and have high opinions of those with a music degree, so it’s not just a one way street. There are also many options after you get your undergraduate degree with grad school or another bachelors, so it’s never the end of the road if you end up deciding that’s not what you want to do. You’ll also discover many more fields of music that are possible careers other than performing and teaching.
My idea on life is pretty simple. I don’t care about being rich and owning a huge house and nice cars. I’d rather do what I love and enjoy what I do. Yes, this is not the wisest career path for me. Nor the easiest. Nor the one where my talents and skills lie. However, I have chosen it for better or for worse and am sticking with it, unwaveringly. Many falls in life come from indecision, where if one had stuck through, they may have prevailed.
Anyway, I don’t think it’s “too big” of a risk. College isn’t something that’s the end of the road that decides the rest of your life. It provides gateways to different paths and you can always leave one part way and try and start over to take another. Like a buffet, you can try one thing, and not like it, the consequences of trying something you didn’t like are still there but you can always go and pick something else while you’re there AND they’re always open the next day for you to come back to. Many people stay 8 years or longer in their undergrads deciding what they want to do and most college students change their major at least once, if not many more times. Also, many people get a job that’s completely different from their degree, so definitely always plenty of options there.
The only thing I would regret is picking a college that’s not right for me and that wouldn’t set me up for my future. I’ve done that already and have transferred schools since then. In my case it wasn’t the school, I just think it wasn’t the right match for me. But, some schools do have low standards for music and sometimes even less than adequate teachers. However, most of the skills you need to progress in music and to a good grad school comes from your own hard work, but for many things you need a guide and a teacher that can lead you there and point out the things you don’t know that you don’t know. So it is possible, but just much harder. However, the key is always YOU and the work YOU do. And nothing is possible without that.
Anyway, I hope I talked about everything I wanted to and everything you wanted to hear, because this was pretty long. If you have any more questions or wanna chat a bit about it, let me know.