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Hey everyone, I shall briefly introduce myself as I did in the introduction forum. My name is Keegan, senior in high school, Michigan, USA. I take part in the marching band, jazz band, show choir, chamber choir, and annual musical theater production.

I'll number my questions because I'm going to have a lot. I apologize ahead of time for the dauntingly long forum post, but I have a lot to say! And I'm an unbearably indecisive person so this kind of decision-making and stuff is AWFUL for me.

I am planning on auditioning at a university for music composition as a major, and double-majoring that with Engineering.

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My prospective university is Michigan State University. Any of you have some advice on the school itself? Music program? Namely, music composition program?

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If not MSU, what school would one suggest for music composition that also may have a decent engineering program?

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For my audition on saxophone there, it asks me to prepare one of the following works or a major work of similar scope and difficulty:

Bozza, Improvisation et Caprice
Bozza, Inpromptu et Danse
Creston Sonata
Dubois Concerto
Ibert, Concertino da Camera
Debussy/Rousseau, Rhapsody
Francaix,Cinq Danses Exotiques
Glazounov, Concerto
Hartley Concerto
Hindemith Sonata
Heiden Sonata
Maurice, Tableaux de Provence
Milhaud, Scaramouche
Noda, Improvisation I
Van Delden, Sonatine
Wilder Sonata
Villa Lobos, Fantasia

I'm not going into saxophone performance, so my composition portfolio is going to be half of my acceptance I would assume.

Any suggestions on what to play?

My audition is in one month and I haven't selected a piece (I just found this list today).

To give some idea of my sax skill level, I was tenor sax section leader during marching band and I have been the Jazz Band's Tenor 1 since I joined in my tenth grade year. I always get the improv as well as written solos for concerts and such (not saying much, our Jazz band isn't that great). I realize that most, if not all of these pieces, are very difficult, especially for a high school student; so before I kill myself, I'm looking for some advice on which piece to play.

--- End of "question 3"...... =P ---

Thank you all for being here, and thanks a million to everyone who offers advice. Your advice will be taken to heart and probably will end up changing my life for the better (no pressure though =] )

Cheers,
-Keeg
 
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