I know lots about Beethoven!

One of the faculty duties that I enjoyed was the annual round of admission auditions/ interviews. It provided a fresh view of the orientation and background of incoming students which I found to be valuable when preparing my classes. The most memorable of these took place in the late 80s, involving a young, enthusiastic flute player who was applying for admission to the general program.  She played well and had a strong grade average, making her a good candidate.  Her answers during the interview were all very confident: she knew what she knew!  Near the end of the interview we asked her if she knew anything about Beethoven:

“Yes, I know lots about Beethoven!”

“Do you know if he wrote any symphonies?”

“Yes.  He wrote two: the Fifth and the Ninth!”

  • Professor Emeritus Timothy McGee