Months of apply had all come right down to this. He performed in entrance of some college earlier than, however now it was official. Many semesters of preparation and choices of what to play, or what to remove to maintain time restraints, have led as much as this second. It was time.
Clayton Johnson, a senior finding out music schooling, held his senior recital on Saturday, March 27. It was by invitation to attend in individual however was obtainable by way of reside stream on the BYU-Idaho web site.
Johnson started enjoying the viola when he was 11, however his music profession began earlier than that. He initially started with the piano when he was 6, however after a 12 months he gave it up. He went again to the piano when he was 9 and has continued with music ever since.
He has discovered different string devices as he’s grown. He discovered the violin when he was nonetheless in highschool and began the cello and the string bass a few years in the past.
“To be sincere, I don’t truly bear in mind why I selected the viola once I was in starting orchestra,” Johnson shared in an electronic mail. “I knew that I didn’t need to play the violin like most individuals, and I didn’t need to carry a cello each day.”
The recital is the climax of many semesters of arduous work. Most college students with a music main need to take personal classes every semester, with a remaining efficiency in entrance of some college members, referred to as a “jury,” every time. Johnson needed to begin getting ready items for his remaining recital about 4 semesters in the past.
A semester earlier than the recital, he needed to carry out half his recital to his “jury.” A few weeks in the past, he carried out the entire recital earlier than string college members, who then determined if he handed or not. As a result of he succeeded, he may carry out the recital.
Johnson selected three items for his recital: the Brahms Viola Sonata no. 1 in F minor, the Prelude from Bach Suite II in D minor and the Forsyth Viola Concerto in G minor.
“Once I began my research right here, I made a purpose that I wished to be taught and carry out a complete viola concerto for my recital, however I had a tough time deciding which one,” Johnson wrote. “Then, in the future out of the blue I found the Forsyth Viola Concerto whereas browsing via YouTube. I had by no means heard of this concerto earlier than, however as soon as I heard it, I immediately fell in love.”
Johnson will likely be scholar instructing throughout fall semester and will likely be graduating in December. He plans to discover a job in public faculties instructing orchestra.