5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Audition

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Audition

These are some things that I learned last year taking college auditions.  They might not be helpful to everyone since it is such a personal process, but they are just some of the things I found to be helpful!

1.    Warm up early (if you like warming up for an extended period of time), preferably even at your hotel.  You aren’t guaranteed a practice room here for very long and sometimes it can be stressful!

2.    Once you get to the audition site, be prepared to play your audition at any time. I remember I had five minutes between when I found out I made the call backs and when I had to play in the call backs!

3.    Be early, but not too early.  Try to manage your time so that you aren’t sitting around waiting outside the warm up rooms or around the sign in table.  Sometimes the nerves start creeping in when you have too much time to think!

4.    Don’t over practice the day of or the night before your audition.  The things you practice then won’t make much of a difference anyway, all the work you’ve done in the months before are what make the difference.

5.    Remember that the teachers want you to play at your best and they aren’t there to try and make you nervous. Have fun in your audition and enjoy the opportunity of playing for the faculty!

Matthew Liu

Matthew Liu

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