Audition Information & Dates
Thurs., November 6, 2014
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!