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,
How to prepare multiple auditions at the same time
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.
Meet Hugo A. Valverde, the 22 year-old Costa Rican horn player who just won a second horn position with the Metropolitan Opera, one of the most highly regarded orchestra’s in the world. We talk to Hugo about his audition day, preparation methods and more!
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!