Interview with The New Principal Timpanist of The Minnesota Orchestra, Erich Rieppel

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,

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Preparing for an Audition

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.

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