My Audition Story
I remember my audition as if it were yesterday.
I was staying at my good friend's place in Jersey. I took the train into the city relatively early in the morning. My audition was scheduled at 12:15pm.
I checked it for my audition and headed to a practice room to warm up. I ran into a couple of friends from various jazz programs that I had participated in.
I don't recall being extremely nervous. Sure, the nerves were there since I didn't know what to really expect. I didn't know what tunes the panel was going to call. I didn't know what the sight-reading was going to be like (though I was confident in my reading skills).
Anyway, when I stepped into the audition room, I was greeted with warm smiles and hellos from the audition panel. Steve Turre was the main person facilitating my audition since I was auditioning on jazz trombone. I finished the first round, so I had to wait and see if I earned a callback...
In retrospect, the rest of the audition went pretty well. I always feel like I could've done better with any audition I take, so that's a given. I had to do some ear training (which involved hearing upper extensions of chords). I was so nervous that I think I messed up purely because of nerves. The callback seemed to be more of the panel getting a feel of me as a musician this time around. After that, I had an interview, which also went pretty well.
All in all, I'd say to go in to your audition with confidence, because there is no reason to hold back. You're already there. Auditioning for Juilliard. Put your best foot forward and go for it. No regrets.