I played principal flute for the Ohio Light Opera Company the summer of 1991. 20 years ago I had just finished the coursework for my Doctoral degree in music from the University of Illinois, and I was hungry for a performing gig…
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The Ohio Light Opera is the Resident Professional Company of The College of Wooster • Freedlander Theatre
Surprisingly, there really was no repertoire list. I had cut my teeth on many productions, many of them much more challenging so I wasn’t worried about the technical aspects of the music. Harris asked me to just bring in five orchestral excerpts and a movement from a concerto. I picked standards: Scherzo from Midsummer’s Night Dream, opening to Afternoon of a Faun, the solo from Daphnis and Chloe, Leonora Overture [Beethoven] and the flute solo from Brahms’ 4th Symphony, plus the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto in G Major.
I got the gig. I was ecstatic because it really was my first “playing gig” that was more that a per-service one shot deal. Unfortunatey, the ecstasy wouldn’t last
When I arrived in Wooster I discovered that for the $1200 they were paying me for the entire summer I would have to play a grueling schedule. We rehearsed 8 different productions. We would rehearse from 8:00am-12:00pm one show, 1:00pm-5:00pm another show and then we would perform a show from 8:00pm-11:30pm. Yes, 11 1/2 hours of playing a day