Meet Erich Rieppel, the recently appointed Timpanist of the Minnesota Orchestra and an alum of the New World Symphony. We ask Erich about how he prepared for his audition, his experience with Minnesota and for general audition advice. How many auditions had you taken before the Minnesota Audition? I believe 24 if we’re counting regional,
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.
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?
If you think this post is a going to be a cleverly disguised list of things you should actually be considering for your audition preparations-think again! I don’t use cheap writing tactics and clickbait headlines just to get your attention. If that’s all you think this is, stop reading already. Aha! Still here, I see.
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.
Jake Fridkis, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music, won his position with the Forth Worth Symphony just under a year ago. We ask Jake about his experience playing with the orchestra, his audition preparation process and the situation of the current strike.
Interview with Kelly Zimba, recent winner of the principal flute audition at the Toronto Symphony!
An exclusive interview with Trombonist, Matthew Winter. Hear about the audition day, his preparation, and the experience of taking a European audition.