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I've practiced composition since I was about 13 years old on my computer, but I only just took up playing an instrument seriously a few months ago. I've decided that I wanted to be a career musician and sound designer, but most of the composition programs I've seen require an audition of an instrument during admissions. I'm nearly 24 years old right now and I'm attending a community college with hopes to later transfer to a music college on a composition major. Have I just missed the boat here? I was never too interested in performing but I always made time to write. Is it impossible to be a career composer if composing is in fact the only thing you know how to do?
As many of us know, its really tough out there for a composer. The idea of a stable job is fleeting at best, and most will have to look towards an outside line of work to supplement the lack of financial stability. But do we truly know how hard it is out there? How prepared do you feel you are to make it as a composer? The following article expands upon just how hard the prospects of making composing a form of income is. It also offers a new way of thinking that may help in some small way: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/Composing-a-Life-Or-How-I-Learned-to-Stop-Worrying-and-Love-the-Dollar/ Respond to the article: do you feel he over simplifies a complex issue or did you learn anything new about this topic? And what about you, How will you (or how did you) face this situation?
Tough decision time. I'll be one of many composers in a new music performance/composition workshop. There was a miscommunication about the dates, and I bought my international plane tickets leaving one day too early. I now have to choose: either change my tickets -- which would cost about $450 U.S. -- or miss the workshop's big final concert. Things we know: - The final concert will be recorded well, and I'll be sent a copy; - There's no way to be sure until during the workshop whether the final concert will include a piece of mine, but there's a good chance it will; and - I will definitely have a couple of pieces on other concerts/readings earlier in the workshop. I know the final concert and whatever socializing we'd do afterwards is really important for building connections with the performers and with the other composers. I have enough money saved up in my workshop/travel budget that I could change the tickets. But it's a lot of money. Enough for a whole other workshop locally or any number of other things for my career. Any input to help me think about this would be appreciated!