I’m now over half way through my audition period, and its been a lot less stressful than I thought it would be…
I was a nervous wreck before my first audition, I had no idea what to expect. I was as prepared as I could be, but somehow reading the audition requirements over and over again really didn’t help ease my nerves at all. However, after having an audition week after week since the end of October my nerves have eased.
But ultimately it comes down to how you practise leading up to auditions:
- Choose repertoire that you can play well and shows your strengths. The audition panel aren’t looking for a flashy piece, something simple will do. They will expect people to make mistakes so don’t worry about a memory slip or a wrong fingering.
- One thing I have learned that it certainly isn’t about the amount of hours you practise a day, its about the quality of your practise. If you lose concentration and start looking around the room for inspiration then go for a coffee break or take a walk, you won’t get anything done in that state of mind.
- Try not to take any notice of how others practise around you. You are always going to come across people that are better than you, below your level or the same standard as you are. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses, and its easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others.
Music colleges are very friendly, the student escorts are there to answer your questions and make you feel comfortable. It helps knowing students currently studying at music college, because they can give you advice and tell you their audition experience.
So far, I have really enjoyed each of my auditions. Of course I’m going to be critical of how I played, but thats just a natural reaction. One key thing to remember is the audition panel is not your enemy!