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.
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
I started taking professional auditions about ten years ago, actually while I was still doing my undergrad. Back then, the Westmorland Symphony came to our campus in Pittsburgh to hold auditions-quite the luxury in hindsight. After a year or two there and I started subbing with the Erie Phil-an orchestra I believe every classical musician
“Maybe you should go do that.” These six simple words have stuck with me for over ten years now. Of all the profound teachings from lessons, masterclasses, coachings, legendary conductors, and best-selling books on self improvement, nothing even comes close to the same level of transformative power that those words have had on my life.