Preparing Successful Orchestral Auditions
Auditioning, much like interviewing, is a skill that has to be learned over time and through experience. Practice and preparation is a much more abstract concept in this instance than preparing to perform a solo work. The sequence of events and situations you find in an audition are very different from the standard routine of practicing and ensemble rehearsals. With the assistance of a SURCO grant, I was able to attend Eastern Music Festival and to interview and work with members of the horn faculty in order to better understand audition procedures and methods of preparation. I gained many strategies for approaching the mental and physical preparation for auditions. In addition to general suggestions about auditioning, I studied three orchestral excerpts which frequently appear on professional auditions as case studies of specific musical preparation. I was able to apply the skills I learned through this project and advanced to the second round of my first professional audition this August.
Research On Capitol Hill 2015
Smith, Marie, "Preparing Successful Orchestral Auditions" (2015). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 25.
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