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A Conversation (via email) with Kim DeutschPosted Monday, December 15, 2008, at 4:29 PM
How did you feel before the audition?
"I did not expect anything; I did not know if I had practiced enough. I practiced more than I had the past two years, and I knew my pieces sounded good."
"After my first audition I was confident and a little nervous. I had nailed D major, F major and my pieces, but my chromatic was the worst I had ever played it."
"After being called back, I was so excited and nervous. I was excited because I knew I could at least say I made a call back. I was nervous because I didn't know I was called back until I was needed to play right then with my auditions. Without any reviewing of anything, I had to remember f minor and f-sharp minor, my hardest scales."
Did you feel pressured to make it?
"Yes, in my mind from everyone because it was my junior (year), and I had been through the auditions twice."
How much did you prepare for the audition?
"I started practicing during the summer. During volleyball season, I only practiced at weekly lessons and on the weekends. After volleyball, I practiced more during the week, but not every night. I practiced about every day the week of state auditions."
Why did you choose to play the oboe?
"My brother, Jeff, who plays the bassoon, wanted me to play oboe. I wanted to play the clarinet. My band teacher, Mrs. Cavanah, gave me the oboe to play."
What place does the oboe have in your future?
"Whatever college I choose, I want to continue playing in the orchestra but as a non-music major."
"I appreciate everyone who has helped me get to where I am as an oboe player today through private lessons and encouragement."
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Sydney is a former staff writer for the Democrat-News. She received degrees from University of Missouri in both music and magazine journalism. She played oboe with the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marshall Municipal Band while she was in Marshall.