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Dr. Rebecca Mindock

All-State Audition Recordings and Resources

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As an educator interested in providing resources to the students in the Gulf Coast Region in which I live and work, and as a university faculty member who would like to reach out to and get to know potential future students throughout the area, I have recorded the all-state audition etudes for not only my own state of Alabama but also the neighboring gulf coast states. I am happy to be able to provide these recordings below as a free educational service to both the students I meet and work with throughout the region and to any students who happen across them online and find them useful.

These recordings are not intended for commercial use or dispersion beyond this site; they are informally recorded in my home (just me, a Zoom recorder, and my laptop, nothing fancy), and astute ears may notice the typical background noises of summer in the Deep South, such as the hum of cicadas, the omnipresent air conditioner, the occasional thunderstorm, etc. These recordings are meant to be a resource for individual students to aid in their preparation for their all-state auditions (or any other lower-level auditions -- county, region, etc. -- that use these same materials), and are not intended to replace or supersede in-person instruction, professional recordings released on the state level or by other institutions, or any other more formal resource (and they are certainly not intended as high-quality-recorded representations of my playing). Students are encouraged to seek out as many resources as possible, not only for preparing these etudes, but for anything they are preparing musically. Students may, though, feel free to contact me at any time if they have questions that I can answer or if they are close enough to want to set up a lesson to work on these or other ideas further.

 

Alabama

Alabama All-State Podcasts I provide recordings and practice suggestions for the Alabama All-State Audition Etudes via the University of South Alabama's All-State Preparation Podcasts as a member of the USA faculty. Please hop over to that website to access the recordings and other information there!

 

Mississippi

As principal oboist in a professional symphony orchestra in Mississippi (the Gulf Coast Symphony in Biloxi), I spend a lot of time in Mississippi, both performing there and working with students in the schools, so I hear a great deal about Lions Band and am happy to be able to help students prepare to audition for it. These are also all excellent etudes to study on either instrument, regardless of what you do with them, so it is to everyone's benefit to spend some time with them!

Oboe Selection #1:
#23 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies

Commentary track coming soon!


Oboe Selection #2:
#18 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies (full tempo)

slower version for practice

Commentary track coming soon!


Bassoon Selection #1:
#44 from Weissenborn's Fifty Studies, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


Bassoon Selection #2:
#11 from Weissenborn's Fifty Studies (full tempo)

slower version for practice

Commentary track coming soon!


 

Florida

As a member of a professional symphony orchestra in Florida (the Pensacola Symphony), I spend a lot of time in Florida, too, and with the two-level band system and with the fact that there are English horn AND contra excerpts, I would really like to be able to offer whatever assistance I can to the students taking on this challenge!

Concert Band

Oboe Lyrical Exercise:
p. 21, #2 from the Rubank Advanced Method, Vol. II, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


Oboe Technical Exercise:
p. 23-24, #4 from the Rubank Advanced Method, Vol. II, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


English Horn Exercise:
p. 22, #3 from the Rubank Advanced Method, Vol. II, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


Bassoon Lyrical Exercise:
#21 from Weissenborn's Fifty Studies, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


Bassoon Technical Exercise:
#40 from Weissenborn's Fifty Studies, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


Contrabassoon Exercise:
p. 41, Andante C & D from the Weissenborn Method

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Symphonic Band

Oboe Lyrical Exercise:
#7 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies

Commentary track coming soon!


Oboe Technical Exercise:
#4 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies (full tempo)

slower version for practice

Commentary track coming soon!


English Horn Exercise:
#11 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


Bassoon Lyrical Exercise:
#39 from Milde's 50 Concert Studies, Vol. II, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


Bassoon Technical Exercise:
#29 from Milde's 50 Concert Studies, Vol. II, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


Contrabassoon Exercise:
#14 from Weissenborn's Fifty Studies, excerpt

Commentary track coming soon!


 

Louisiana

Since all of our state borders are so close together here on the gulf coast, the Louisiana state line is less than 2 hours away from my home base in Mobile and I frequently get the opportunity to work with both professional and student musicians from Louisiana. I also greatly enjoy getting to play more Ferling etudes at any time (and in a bizarre twist the bassoon etudes for Louisiana are Ferlings, too!), so I am more than happy to provide these recordings for students in Louisiana who may find them useful.

Oboe Selection #1:
#23 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies

Commentary track coming soon!


Oboe Selection #2:
#18 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies (full tempo)

slower version for practice

Commentary track coming soon!


Bassoon Selection #1:
#3 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies

Commentary track coming soon!

Bassoon Selection #2:
#32 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies (full tempo)

slower version for practice

Commentary track coming soon!
 

Texas

While I admit that I do not frequently get the opportunity to work in-person with high school students from Texas these days, since it's a little further away than my immediate gulf coast neighbors, I lived and taught in San Antonio from 2008-2010 (primarily teaching in NISD and NEISD, driving from school to school all week long, but also teaching at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and playing with several orchestras in South Texas), and the quite significant number of hours I spent coaching students through the rigorous region/area/state level auditions there has more than familiarized me with the rather competitive and extensive audition process inherent in being a Texas band student. My residual fondness for the place makes me want to still help those students even if I am no longer local, plus, as I've said above, I am always happy to have an excuse to play these etudes and share them with students. (And, depending on where you are in Texas, we're not *that* far away...come on down for a college visit!)

Oboe Selection #1:
#2 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies (full tempo)

slower version for practice

Commentary track coming soon!


Oboe Selection #2:
#29 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies

Commentary track coming soon!


Oboe Selection #3:
#28 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies (full tempo)

slower version for practice

Commentary track coming soon!


English Horn Selection #1:
#2 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies (full tempo)

slower version for practice

Commentary track coming soon!


English Horn Selection #2:
#29 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies

Commentary track coming soon!


English Horn Selection #3:
#28 from Ferling's 48 Famous Studies (full tempo)

slower version for practice

Commentary track coming soon!


Bassoon Selection #1:
#4 from Milde's 50 Concert Studies, Vol. I, excerpt
Coming Soon!

Bassoon Selection #2:
#3 from Milde's 50 Concert Studies, Vol. I, excerpt
Coming Soon!

Bassoon Selection #3:
#8 from Milde's 50 Concert Studies, Vol. I, excerpt
Coming Soon!

Contrabassoon Selection:
#1 from Milde's 50 Concert Studies, Vol. I, excerpt
Coming Soon!


Questions? Concerns? Contact Dr. Mindock.