The Weekly Brew


A Fresh, new blog about auditioning, recent audition winners and much more!

Preparing for an Audition
Written by Carl Topilow

Written by conductor and clarinetist Carl Topilow. In his extensive career, he has heard more than 40,000 auditions. Carl serves as conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. As conductor and instructor of the master students in orchestral conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, his conducting students occupy, or have occupied, positions with the orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, Edmonton, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Kansas City, Richmond, and many others.

Top Mistakes Auditioning Students Make
Written by Jason Heath

All of us, from seasoned professional to total beginner, struggle with balancing the various elements that go into audition preparation. When should I start practicing? What solos should I choose for the audition? What are people listening for in auditions?

Winning Principal Oboe of Detroit Symphony at age 21
Written by Audition Cafe

Alex Kinmonth is currently principal oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a position he won several years ago at just age 21 while still studying at Juilliard.  In this exclusive interview we ask Alex about his preparation methods, about the audition day, his experience on the job and also hear advice he has to offer to those on the audition circuit.

Choose Your Own Audition
Written by Nathan Cole

A ’90s style “Choose Your Own Adventure” game!

Co-authored by Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster of the LA Phil
& Akiko Tarumoto, Assistant Concertmaster of the LA Phil