Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Not your average day

Today I had my recital hearing.

I passed.

And Liszt and I, we made the piano faculty cry.

Yes, literally.

Monday, March 29, 2010


My plans for getting Lasik this summer (mostly hinging, of course, upon the crucial necessity of discovering buried treasure or immediately becoming engaged to a millionaire) were severely foiled today. I was told by the optometrist this morning that I will not be getting Lasik for a looonnng while yet--my vision is now 20/725 (yes, that really means something 20 feet away looks to me like it's 725 feet away), degraded from the previous 20/625 of my last visit. Why my eyes have decided that 22 is an excellent age to change from 'quite awful' to 'significantly dreadful' remains an unpleasant mystery.

BOO for being blind.

And no, still no news from Michigan.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oh, the irony. Ohhhhhhhhhhh, the irony.

After receiving my letter from Michigan on Monday night, (or rather, after my mother read it to me over the phone, as it was sent to my permanent address), I called my piano professor to relay to him the rather unfortunate news. His initial reaction was speechlessness. After talking to him for a couple of minutes, he told me he would get in touch with one of his connections at Michigan to see if he could gather any further details/feedback about my audition, placement on the waiting list, etc. He received an email response just a couple of hours ago. This is the gist of what a portion of the email said, emphasis added:

"Britny's audition was excellent. She played beautifully. [further feedback about audition] However, there is only one spot open in the program this year. We are still waiting to hear back from the student who is in Rank #1 as to whether or not he/she would like to accept the position. Britny is Rank #2.

"We have tried to add a second position in the program this year, but the university will not approve said action (funding reasons, etc.). We will have to wait until we hear from Rank #1 to see whether or not we are able to invite Britny to study at Michigan."


Monday, March 22, 2010

The Verdict

USC and Rice: no.

Michigan: waiting list.

And life goes on.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

We regret to inform you

So. On Monday, my friend (a violist) heard back from USC (one of the schools at which I auditioned and from which I have yet to receive a response). His letter went something like this:

Dear Logan*,

We thank you for your interest in attending the University of Southern California. However, due to the many qualified applicants and a very limited number of openings, we regret to inform you that we are unable to accept you into our Doctorate of Viola Performance program at this time.


Two problems:

1- Logan is applying for his MASTER'S degree, not his doctorate.

2- Logan did not audition at, nor even apply to, USC.



*name has been changed