I had forgotten that my music library only owns one piece of English horn sheet music, the one (Hindemith Sonate) which I played on my last recital. I need to get them to order me some, because I absolutely want to play an English horn piece on my recital. If there are any suggestions of early or mid 20th century English horn solos (with piano or unaccompanied), I would much appreciate it. My teacher doesn't play EH, and so is not very much help.
In other, better, EH news, I will be playing in TWO pieces in the next orchestra concert. I'm a little surprised since we have 5 oboes this year, but one (a community member) is apparently traveling with her husband on his sabbatical, and one is singing instead. (This is great news for me, since every single one of our "big" pieces is one that I am absolutely dying to play- Carmina Burana, Firebird, Tchaik 5, Symphonie Fantastique.) This leaves me, a sophomore, and a new oboist, a community member who's very good. I'm doing EH on Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, and either 2nd or EH on Carmina Burana. (The choir has started rehearsing, and I start grinning widely every time I hear a note of it.) This year winds have mandatory orchestra sectionals, but our pieces for this concert are pretty easy, so my teacher, the new oboist, and I (who, it seems, will be the core group this season) started rehearsing the Ravel. I'd never heard it before, but I think it's pretty gorgeous, and also boy am I glad I have the music a month early. Twelve-tuplets! I'm glad to be playing it, though, and to be doing it as well as Carmina is wonderful.
Technically the music dept has a double reed ensemble, but this tends to end up as trios if that, and this year apparently was no different. My teacher has suggested, though, that the new oboist and he and I play trios weekly or so. I definitely hope this works out. I really like chamber music, and with our department, I rarely get a chance. (Other attempts at double reed ensemble have been...memorable.) I feel like our sounds and ...personalities will match nicely. Also, having the new oboist there gives me just another little push to sound better in orchestra and sectionals and small ensembles. Plus, as a former music major who has played in orchestras and ensembles for, I think she said, 15 years, she's a good additional resource for me in terms of schools and pieces and such.
After about a month of practice room air-conditioning woes, they have finally been fixed- no more 90 degree, humid practice rooms! Of course, now they're absolutely frigid, but it's still much better.
I'm feeling rather despairing of my ability to get into any grad schools right now.
Oddly enough, I am also very pleased with my playing in orchestra. I'm managing to blend nicely, play in tune, and be musical on top of it all.