Top 10 Audition Tips

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 (Photo by Leiland Charles (BFA '13, Dance))

Auditions can be completely terrifying, but only if you let them—here are some tips to help you survive and thrive that have been adapted from the Juilliard Admissions blog. Many thanks to Adam, Riley, Maddie, Olivia, Jeff, and Shelby!​


10. Get a good night's sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready for your big day.

9. Bring snacks. Audition days can be long, so you want to make sure that you're well fed every step of the way. One pre-audition snack of choice: a banana and chamomile tea.

8. Don't listen to other people auditioning! Stay focused on you. You can always ask the audition monitor if you can move further away to avoid hearing the person before you, and they can come get you when it's your turn. Everyone always sounds better from outside the door of an audition room—don't let it psych you out.

7. Get rid of expectations and realize that the outcome of one audition will not affect your future successes in life, and it will not determine your worth as a person.

6. Think of your audition as a concert. The audition panel is actually a really supportive audience. They want you to do well; they want you to be the one who impresses them so much that they have no choice but to accept you. Think of the audition as less examination and more exhibition. You are there to perform, not pass a test. 

5. If you make a mistake, power through. I can't tell you how many teachers have told me that they're more interested in how you recover from a mistake than that you made one in the first place.

4. You will be nervous. Accept that, and continue from there. You will also be excited! Channel both these feelings during the audition. Be the fierce musician that you are. Don't get caught up in practicing note by note in the days leading up to the audition. Be confident in the work that you've put in, and focus on making interesting, committed, beautiful music.

3. Be comfortable with your repertoire. Play repertoire that you enjoy practicing and performing, and play it for as many people as you can; organize mock auditions.

2. There is no such thing as a perfect audition, so don't try and make it one.

1. The reason you are applying to Juilliard is because you love to do your art. Share that with everyone.|

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