Having a successful audition is about more than just luck. Schools are interested in knowing more about you and what you have to offer them. And they want to find out whether they think you’ll benefit from what they have to offer you.
Here are a few tips to make your audition more successful:
1. Think of your audition like a job interview. You have something schools think they may want, and they’ve got something you think you may want. The audition is really a time for both sides to get a better sense of what’s available and whether each side really wants to spend the next four years together.
2. Show interest and enthusiasm. And do your best to avoid sounding desperate for admission by trusting that you will land on your feet whether or not a specific school makes you an offer — and whether or not you accept that offer. This is an important mindset to go into auditions with.
3. Show respect:
- By being on time.
- In the way you address the people you meet. Faculty should be addressed as “Professor _______. NEVER by their first names.
- In how you interact with staff and any accompanist provided by the school. Anyone you meet may be someone you’ll need to work with over the course of the next four years. They may even be asked for input about their interactions with you.
- By thanking your audition team as well as any staff who’ve gone out of their way for you. Do this at the end of your audition – as well as with a follow up email.
4. To show up as a serious candidate, be prepared:
- With the correct repertoire for the school for which you’re auditioning. This should be a no-brainer but you wouldn’t believe how many students show up at an audition prepared for a different school than the one they’re at.
- By reviewing the school’s website carefully. Don’t waste your audition team’s time by asking questions that are already answered on their website.
5. Be yourself. Schools know that students coming for auditions are often nervous. You may even want to acknowledge that right off the bat to get it out of the way. They really want to see if they think you’ll be a good fit at their school and the best way for them to find out is for you to show them who you really are.
6. Next year this time, you’ll likely be at one of the schools you audition for. When audition season feels nerve-wracking or endless, remember this.