Tips for a Successful Audition
- Read the requirements carefully.
Submit the application on or before the deadline, and know the date, time, and location of the audition.
- Be sure you understand the audition requirements for your ensemble(s).
Know your scales.
- Choose suitable repertoire.
Choose pieces that demonstrate both your musical and technical abilities. Generally, you must demonstrate sufficient technical ability, good sound, and musicianship to be under consideration. Do not choose pieces that are beyond your ability to play well.
If you have more than one piece, choose pieces that are from different musical periods and of contrasting style.
Be well prepared. Few people audition at 100% of their ability.
Have reeds, strings, and instruments adjusted and ready for the audition day.
Beginnings and endings are very important.
It is essential to be well rested; do not stay up late the night before an audition. This allows you to be more alert and responsive during the audition.
Do not over practice the day before and the day of an audition.
- Dress nicely.
Your appearance should give the impression that you are respectful of the judges and the situation.
- Plan your travel to the audition site.
Allow time for traffic and parking. Arrive early so you can warm up (a warm-up room is provided.)
- Don’t allow hunger to impede your audition.
- Appear confident and happy.
- Keep focused on the present.
Do not dwell on previous mistakes, or on what is coming.
- Very rarely will you play all the material you have prepared.
- Keep a consistent tempo where appropriate.
For example, do not play an easy scale faster than a difficult one.
- Be considerate of others:
The judges - by being on time
The staff - by being polite and courteous. Thank people who are helpful. Find out how and when the results will be made public.
Other auditioning students - by being polite and respectful. Showing off or comparing yourself to others is not helpful for performing your best.
Judging is objective and subjective. Missed notes, inaccurate rhythms, ignored directions, poor intonation, etc. can be objectively judged. Sound, style, musicianship, and general impression are subjective. No two people hear the same thing. All judges' deliberations are confidential and final.