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What are the key essentials for nailing an orchestral audition?

The Violin Channel Forum General Discussion What are the key essentials for nailing an orchestral audition?

This topic contains 6 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Adam Crane 3 months, 3 weeks ago.

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    What are the key essentials for nailing an orchestral audition?

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    davidcgale
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    Rhythm, intonation and adhering to the score.

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    AViolin
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    Stable tempi, the ability to play in different styles appropriate to each composer, knowing how the part fits into the orchestral score as a whole

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    eduard laurel
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    Inner peace from several months of near solitude, except with work from trusted members of the orchestras you wish to join, and chamber readings with great friends.

    Unending perseverance, good faith, and hope.

    The gadgets tuner and metronome.

    Orchestral scores, and a knowledge to compare historical performances to current styles.

    Mozart in the Jungle.

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    Luke
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    I would say practice hard and play the program a lot in front of people to get used to the “audition feeling”.

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    Emily Wong

    There is no doubt that your technique, intonation, tone and general music score accuracy are just a several basic essential aspects that would be considered during the course of any audition. However, an orchestral audition entails further beyond, including a deep and clear understanding of the styles in which the orchestra in question have demonstrated in past performances such as phrasing, dynamics, tempo and articulation of the orchestral excerpts. The adjudicators are looking for musicians who are musically in tune, literally and figuratively, with the ensemble. We are very fortunate nowadays, especially with the great accessibility that technology offers, to take advantage of using the variety of resources available online such as YouTube performances and etcetera to gain a better comprehension of how the ensemble interprets and shares its music, and do our best to emulate those musical beliefs for nailing those orchestral auditions.

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    Adam Crane

    The Audition Process is one that can “make or break” a musician.
    When undertaking preparation for an audition too often musicians find themselves in a panic. In reality, one does not need to become frustrated or stressed out, in order to improve.

    With intelligent structured, and organized preparation, an intelligent game plan will serve to insure comfort and confidence at an audition.

    I. You’re not alone

    Most everyone gets nervous or has experienced dealing with nerves at some point in their life.
    The most experienced and successful musicians learn how to make their anxiety work for them.
    Accept that you may be nervous.
    Perform as often as possible.
    II. Preparation

    Being prepared is the best antidote to anxiety.
    Always memorize, but place the music on the stand at the audition.
    Don’t feel guilty for not preparing more.
    Prepare well ahead of time, let your music rest, and then come back to it.
    On the first attempt, practice performing a piece without stopping.
    Arrange a mock audition and record yourself doing practice auditions.
    III. Visualization
    Read more here: http://www.stringquest.com/audition-outlook

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