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Orchestral Excerpt Insights: CSO Principal Flute Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson Plays Rossini
Incredible playing and advice from Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson.
CSO Principal Flute Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson guides listeners through his interpretation of the famous melodies from Rossini's William Tell Overture and shares his wisdom about how to prepare these multifaceted orchestral excerpts.
“Auditions are difficult because of the context they're in," he says. "However, it's still all about music and playing for people and inspiring people. So know your material inside out, backwards and forwards — then take the stage like a star.”
A question: What is your favorite orchestral flute solo and why? Tell in the comments.
Yulia Berry, Founder and Director of The Babel Flute
Wow!! So beautiful! A great mini masterclass! ??
Orchestral excerpts are an important part of the audition process for any musician looking to join an orchestra. Here are some insights to help you prepare:
- Be prepared to sight-read the excerpt. This is often required as part of the audition process.
- Make sure you are familiar with the style of the excerpts. Each orchestra has its own unique style and you need to be able to match that.
- Take the time to practice the excerpts. This will help you to be more confident and prepared when you go in for the audition.
- Ask for feedback from your teacher or a friend. They can help you to identify any areas that need improvement.