Audition Tips featuring Beyonce
Well folks, we’ve made it. Audition season is upon us! I know it can be a little overwhelming, so here are some tips to help get you through…featuring Queen Bey herself.
1. Get a good night’s sleep before your audition.
That way, you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready for your big day. Wake up plenty early so you don’t have to feel rushed getting ready.
2. Bring snacks.
Audition days can be long, so you want to make sure that you’re well fed every step of the way. My pre-audition snack of choice? A banana and chamomile tea. (Beyoncé was unavailable to comment on hers.)
3. Don’t listen to other people auditioning!
Stay focused on you. Try to avoid listening through the door of audition and practice rooms. You can always ask the audition monitor if you can move further away to avoid hearing the person before you, and they can come get you when it’s your turn. Everyone ALWAYS sounds better from outside the door of an audition room—don’t let it psych you out.
4. Think of your audition as a concert.
The audition panel is actually a really supportive audience. They want you to do well; they want you to be the one that impresses them so much that they have no choice but to accept you. Think of the audition as less examination and more exhibition. You are there to perform, not pass a test.
5. If you make a mistake, power through.
See? If Beyoncé can take a tumble like that and still look fierce, you can mess up the cadenza and still play a really impressive Tchaikovsky. I can’t tell you how many teachers have told me that they’re more interested in how you recover from a mistake than that you made one in the first place. For me, the best way to get myself back on track in a performance that’s feeling less than stellar is to focus on my breathing, not the notes. If I can regain control of that, the notes generally fall into place much more easily.
6. Be the fierce musician that you are.
Don’t get caught up in practicing note by note in the days leading up to the audition. Be confident in the work that you’ve put in over the past several months (years!), and focus on making interesting, committed, beautiful music. You got this.