It's Audition Season
Audition season is in full swing, and your Juilliard audition isn’t far off! Congrats!! Passing your prescreen is already a huge accomplishment, and now you get to come to the big city to audition for Juilliard! Hooray!
Of course, you may not be feeling 100% excited. You’re probably nervous and you don’t know what to expect. First of all, chillax. All of us here at Juilliard have been in the same boat and we all survived! So take a breath, and I’ll give you some tips for your upcoming voice audition:
1. Practice, practice, practice. You’re probably tired of hearing this, but practice is absolutely essential to having a good audition. In the weeks before your audition, don’t strain yourself or over-practice, but make sure that your audition pieces are absolutely ingrained into your memory and that you can sing them in your sleep. At my audition, I had a bit of a memory lapse while I was singing “Beau Soir,” but my muscle memory kicked in and the words came out anyway. I had sung my audition pieces so many times that my family even knew the words!
2. Take care of yourself and your voice. The day of your actual audition, hydrate like nobody’s business. If you have an early-ish audition, wake up early enough so that your body and voice thinks it’s 3 pm. Have something that relieves your nerves while you’re waiting, especially when you’re waiting for the callback list to post. I took a coloring book to all of my auditions to keep myself occupied J
3. Stay positive. The panel wants you to do well! When you come into the room, they are hoping that you’ll be great. They’re listening for good things, not trying to pick out what you did wrong. Enter with a smile, and THANK YOUR PIANIST!!!
4. Do something fun afterwards. I always find that auditions are better when I have something to look forward to, even if it’s just getting a Starbucks afterwards. Don’t get too crazy though, because hopefully you’ll have to come back for a callback later in the day!
Toi toi toi and enjoy your time at Juilliard!!!