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.
I’m sure you’re well aware of what orchestral auditions are looking for: the best performer. Period. To win these auditions you have to play better than everyone else (and then some). And even then, the panel might not hire that person because they were really hoping Jascha Heifetz was going to come back from the