The audition I’m preparing for is about a week away, which means it’s time for me to taper my practice schedule. A good practice schedule includes periods of hard physical effort that leave you mentally and physically drained. But, because you want to go into the audition fresh and strong, you need to include some amount […]
How good is good enough? I think the simple fact that I’m asking the question implies the answer that there is no such thing. But, I’d like to give some anecdotal evidence why not. Full-time positions are rare enough that the competition is always very stiff simply for economic reasons. There are only so many […]
When preparing for auditions, the best possible exercise is playing mock auditions for other people. Do everything you can to mimic the situation you’ll find yourself in. Play in an unfamiliar room, set up a screen, and have someone else pick the order of the excerpts. Get ready for unpleasant environments by playing in a […]
While I talk about audition preparation from the candidate’s perspective here, Dave Bilger (principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra) is talking about the process from the committee’s side of the screen. I strongly recommend taking a minute to read his perspective.