Audition Advice
Posted by Chase Sanborn

Tips-and-AdviceThis post offers advice for a successful and less-stressful audition.

  • Relax! We are serious about music at U of T, but rather informal about everything else. We know you are nervous, and we’ll do our best to make you feel at ease and create a situation where you can play your best. We want you to do well.
  • Prepare your material thoroughly, and memorize it. Know the correct melodies for the tunes you play. Knowing the lyrics is a huge help in establishing natural phrasing.
  • Concentrate on making music, rather than trying to impress.
  • Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable, but dress in a manner that suggests maturity and self-respect.
  • Don’t warm-up too much! Concentrate on tone, airflow, response etc.
  • Listen to your favourite music prior to your audition. The more music you have in your head, the more likely it is that music will come out of your horn.
  • Bring a bottle of water.
  • While waiting, you’ll be seated in the lobby, probably in the midst of currently-enrolled students. Don’t be shy about asking them what life is like at U of T; they will be forthcoming with their answers. They were in your shoes only a short time ago, and empathize with the sense of insecurity that you feel. Talking with them beforehand will lessen your nervousness when you enter the audition room.
  • Many of our students and faculty accept private students. Consider booking a lesson prior to the audition; that will give you a real boost in confidence come the day.
  • DON’T BE DISCOURAGED
    Because of the numbers, not every qualified applicant can be accepted. Your chances depend on your ability and who is competing against you, just like the real world. If you are not accepted, that does not necessarily mean you are not acceptable, simply that someone else was more suited this time around. Do some studying in the year to come, either at another institution or with private teachers, and audition again next year. University is just a few years out of a lifetime of study; the more knowledge and experience you bring with you, the more you’ll get out of it. In life, those with determination and staying power are the ones who will succeed. As Winston Churchill said: “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

    GOOD LUCK!

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