After a few months of stress and worrying, everything has been submitted for music programs next year. I applied to four programs, 3 doctorate programs and one second master’s program. The schools I applied to for a doctorate are the Universities of Michigan, Illinois, and Kansas. For a second master’s, I applied to Yale’s early music program. I feel that I worked really hard and submitted documents and recordings that reflect my best work and the effort that I have put into trying to succeed at my chosen career path. Hopefully, each school will acknowledge this.
Next up for me is scheduling auditions. I believe I have to wait to hear back from each school before deciding on an official date. A few of the schools, I had to submit a date for audition. I feel that this was just for them to get an idea. The only school that I may not audition at is Yale. You will be officially asked for an audition at Yale by the middle of January. Their music program is cut throat, so only a limited number are asked. They hold their auditions the last week of February.
During this time, I need to make sure that I’m practicing hard and taking care of myself. I’ve been noticing a dryness in my voice that’s been causing an airy quality. I think this has been caused by smoke in the air while going out for my run each day. I think that for the time being, I’ll need to move my run indoors to the treadmill. I hate doing this, but I need to see if that is actually causing it and not negligence on my part when it comes to practicing. I haven’t been practicing as much as normal lately, so I hope that I am not losing my vocal ability in any way. I definitely hope that it isn’t something more serious, like polyps or nodes. However, I haven’t noticed any changes to my speaking voice.
I hope that by the time that I go for my auditions, I can present the caliber at which I have been performing over the last 2-3 years. I believe that I can do this. It will take a positive outlook on my part and most importantly, prayer. I ask that you keep me in your thoughts and prayers over the next few months.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)