Audition Information & Dates

Audition Dates:

  • Fri., January 23, 2015
  • Sat., February 21, 2015
  • Tues., April 7, 2015

Tips for Auditioning

How to Practice Audition Repertoire

  • Determine repertoire months or even years in advance
  • Decide on an opening piece that shows off your strengths. A difficult section played well can show off your skills.
  • Use a tuner and metronome during the early stages of practice. This will help you correct pitch and rhythm problems as you learn the piece.
  • Prepare expressive parts as carefully as technical part. Identify the mood and message of these sections.
  • Be aware that the audition committee may only ask for part of a piece. Be able to start your piece from various points (not always the beginning)
  • Yes, you can practice sight-reading. Take an etude book, flip to a new page, take a few minutes to study the music, and then sight-read it.
  • Know your scales from memory
  • Rehearse in performance clothes. Are you comfortable? Practice walking in your shoes.
  • Record your program on an audio or video recorder to assess your strengths and weaknesses. Build up your strengths and work on weak areas.
  • Practice playing in front of an audience and let them critique your performance.

What to do on audition day

  • Dress appropriately and treat the audition as you would a job interview. Let the audition committee know that this is important to you.
  • Arrive early and warm up.
  • Bring music and anything else you might need (extra strings, reeds, etc.)
  • Smile, and make eye contact with the audition committee.
  • Be courteous.
  • Be professional, (i.e. Imagine what you would see in a professional performance. Imagine you being part of it.)
  • Take plenty of time at the audition - don't rush!
  • Speak confidently.
  • Use good posture.
  • Keep going even if you make mistakes.
  • Don't make excuses (e.g. "I was sick yesterday so I couldn't practice.") - the audition committee has heard them all!
  • Know that if the audition committee asks you to play something with a change it doesn't mean you played it wrong. They may want to see how you take and make correction.
  • Enjoy yourself!