Background

Audition

After arriving at MSU in the fall of 2010 I volunteered to start up a class on audition preparation, since none was offered at the time. In addition to taking about 50 auditions (I lost count a long time ago), I have listened to thousands of audition rounds during my 9 years as personnel manager of the New Mexico Symphony. My course at MSU utilized resources that I have accumulated over the years, as well as life lessons from personal experience as an auditionee, audition proctor, personnel manager, and committee member. Although I do not teach the class any more, I occasionally do audition preparation coaching on a private basis.

The following is a bibliography of some of the materials that are read and discussed in my class.

  • Greene, Don. Fight your Fear and Win. New York: Broadway Books, 2001. (required textbook)
  • Gallwey, W. Timothy. The Inner Game of Tennis. Revised Edition. New York: Random House, 1997. (required textbook)
  • Kaplan, Burton. Practicing for Artistic Success. Perception Development Techniques, 2004.
  • Dunkel, Stewart Edward. The Audition Process: Anxiety Management and Coping Strategies. Pendragon Press, 1991.
  • Bacon, Thomas. Practice Smarter, not Harder. Self-Published article, 2003.
  • Tindall, Blair. "Better Playing through Chemistry." New York Times 17 Oct 2004, Print.
  • AFM resume guide (PDF)
  • Doug Yeo audition articles, he is the retired bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony, he describes in great detail the ins and outs of the audition process

Click below to view and download END GAME Presentation

Audition Prep End Game

 

Resources for audition openings

  • AFM.org is the first place to look for openings in US union orchestras (log-in required)
  • Musical Chairs Contains worldwide listings, most orchestras in Europe and Asia will advertise here
  • Myauditions.com This is a pay site, but the discussion forums are free and contain information about who won recent auditions

 

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