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  1. My friend Justice will be going there as well, I'm not sure if you know her or not. She's been studying with Sally Thomas and Anne Setzer for a while now (she and I went to Meadowmount together), and it sounds like Mannes is pretty awesome. Congrats!! --mazas
  2. Hey! Sorry for not responding for a while (I don't check this board as often), but Mr. Lewis did mention that some person from Vegas will be coming too. That's pretty cool! Do you know this person at all? --mazas
  3. That's actually increadibly cool! I've only heard good things about Pamela Frank (extrodinary player), but that is so awesome! Nicely done! I've kinda half-heartly decided on the University of Texas. I was invited to Brian Lewis' studio (he just moved there last year, five openings) and I guess I'll be the only freshman violinst. Yup, they gave me a full ride, plus some extra for "traveling costs," whatever that means. I also heard a little from CIM, and was very dissapointed to find out that Mr. Updegraff literally has no room. He had one opening, and I didn't get it. However, I'm on the top of his waitlist, woohoo. Even if I got into the school (which he hinted at) I'm not sure if I would want my parents to pay 30k+ to study with someone who I don't know. I also got some interesting vibes from the school, and I just thought that the location was awful. Too industrial if you ask me. Anyway, I should stop rambling. Congrats! That's wonderful! --Mazas
  4. I know that we have a lot of younger student musicians on this board, especially ones who are college-bound. So, where's everyone planning on goin to college? Has anyone heard back from their colleges?
  5. My top two: David Oistrakh and Kyung Wa Chung. Sadly, I don't have very many of "Cookie's" cds, but I really love her Prokofiev.
  6. Well, I've figured out which schools I'm auditioning for, but we'll see if I get into any of them. Goodness, it's got to be the most frightening thing...EVER! --Mazas
  7. Yeah...everyone's basically said what I was going to say, but I'll just mention some stuff anyway. As my mom already mentioned, I have recieved some burly blisters from this piece on both hands. It's not a terrible burden to me, but I also just got done with the Tchaik (as well as years of practice with Gav/Dont etudes). Anyway, just telling by your level (I don't want to sound condesending or anything, I mean, I haven't even heard you play) I'd advise against it. If you like it that much then you can wait. It'll be better that way! I would replace the idea with either Caprice Basque by Sarasate or a Weinowski Pollonaise. Happy playing! --Mazas
  8. Yeah, I found a nice copy of the Bruch double, and I think we're probably going to stick with that, but we both want something a little more demanding. It's a very pretty piece, but doesn't have a lot of depth to it. Oh well, I enjoy playing it more than the Mozart concertant, and we've done the other little mozart duets. Does anyone know if Navarra has been transcribed for violin viola? Thanks --Mazas
  9. Hey everybody! My friend and I are hoping to play a duet for violin/viola for solo & ensemble. We're both fairly talented players (he's increadible, I dunno what I can say about myself), and we've been playing together for years, but we have no idea what to play. We can't do the Passacaglia (because it's already been done) and we both tink that the Mozart Concertante is a little overdone, but what else is there? More importantly, has anyone played any music for solo vln/viola? Is anyone familiar with the Bruch double? Thanks, Mazas
  10. Yeah, I've had tendonitus before. Sucks the big one, but it wasn't too serious. I'm assuming that this is occuring with the right shoulder blade, and you probably got it because you hike your shoulder up to your ear when you try to hit the lower strings. If it's with the left arm, then you're just pressing down too hard with your jaw (do you use a shoulder pad?). My best advice would be to see a physical therapist, use that hot-cold stuff, take some aspirin, don't raise your right elbow too much, and suck it up. I mean, this stuff happens to the best of us, and it's usually just from poor technique. Talk to your teacher about it, and you'll get the best answers (hopefully). --Mazas
  11. Hey! You're in CYSO! Some of my best friends in the whole world are in there, and I'm from Washington state. Wierd. Anyway, do you know Ayane Kozasa? --Mazas
  12. Hey, I live in Washington! Anyway, I always go to Rafael Carrabba in Seattle for all of my violin repairs, and he may have some nice violins in right now. Oregon's got some nice shops, so I would advise looking there as well. David Kerr is absolutely fabulous, and he's got some nice violins too. It's a friendly shop, with good deals. So good luck on your trip! I hope you enjoy the pacific northwest while you're here! --Mazas
  13. Well, when I was over on the east coast, my hickey wasn't horrible, but it certainly wasn't pretty either. I had a lovely bunch of zits on it, probably because of the oils from my chin rest, but now I use a cloth over it. It keeps the hickie down, and is quite comfortable. Anyway, I wouldn't worry about it. Poor technique? As if! When I talked with Zuckerman it was impossible not to notice his hickey, and Zuckerman has such horrendous technique you know. Eight hours a day is pretty ridiculous, I hope that he doesn't get tendonitus, and that he's playing accurately. --Mazas
  14. McInnes is a fabulous teacher! I've heard A LOT of good things about him, and he's supposed to be a killa teacher. Nice job, I was looking at USC, but not sure anymore. I was considering Lipsett, but I'm going to have to hear some more on that guy. Heide Castleman sounds like a great viola teacher too, my best friend is looking to study with her. Did you audition there too? I'm so scared for auditions, you're going to have to tell me about what they ask for! --Mazas
  15. I need to know which teachers are great educators, as well as great people. Right now, I'm lookin at David Updegraff, Naomo Tanaka, and Mariam Fried, but I really don't know anything about any of them. Any feedback is greatly appreciated, seriously! By the way, I put "hottie" on here, because he's just so controversial...and hot. (actually, I think he's ugly...but that's ok.) --Mazas
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