September 21, 2018

I'm in the semi-final round of a principal timpani audition. Big orchestra, good job. The first two things on the round are two excerpts from Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses – standard audition excerpts that I've played through hundreds of times, if not more – with...

January 24, 2017

Good intonation is one of the pillars of musicianship for those of us who play pitched instruments. It's also an area in which many timpanists struggle; it was one of the major issues which kept applicants from advancing at last year's DSO timpani/percussion audition,...

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