Auditioning for an Orchestra can be daunting and sometimes downright scary. Here are 5 tips that will help you have a relaxed and confident audition.
1) Memorize your music
When we're nervous, we tend to get distracted by even the slightest of disruptions. It is important to know your music backwards and forwards so you'll always be right on track even when you lose your place in the music.
2) Practice in front of peers
When you audition, you will be playing in front of a panel of 2-4 adjudicators. The best way to practice playing in front of people is simply by playing in front of people. Perform your excerpts to your peers, your family, or even complete strangers. Get in the habit of putting yourself outside of your comfort zone.
3) Dress for Success...at Home
Dress clothes can be uncomfortable and unwieldy, especially if you have to readjust your positioning for the first time when performing a piece. Therefore, practice your excerpts in your formal attire, so that your body adapts to your restrictive clothing. When your audition comes around, you won't have to worry about unaccounted-for restrictions.
4) Simulate your audition
Even though it may seem weird, you can build your confidence by recreating an audition at home.
1) Walk in to your practice room with instrument and music in hand 2) Simulate greeting your auditioners 3) Sit down and run through your scales 4) Run through your orchestral excerpts 5) Stand up and say your thank you's and exit the room
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