As the world begins to turn toward the idea of in-person musical ensembles, classical musicians may be wondering, is it time to get ready for orchestra auditions?
Certainly it's not the world's most enjoyable process, though working hard an audition can help one's playing regardless of the outcome. I've had wonderfully successful auditions as well as tunnel-vision nervous breakdown ones - it's a heckuva way to get a job, or to get a spot in an ensemble.
This week we had a blog from an Artist Diploma student named Robbie Herbst, all about orchestral excerpts - which are an important prerequisite for most violinists seeking orchestral work.
Auditions are something a violinist must accept from an early age (or stage) if he or she wishes to play in orchestra. My first youth orchestra audition was in the fourth grade. I got more ambitious and auditioned for a fancier youth orchestra in the sixth grade, and after being rejected I worked like crazy for year, to get into it the next year. And of course this was followed by a million auditions since, for orchestras and programs in college, for professional orchestras, etc.
What is your experience with orchestra auditions? Have you taken any? Have you taken many? Did they motivate you and help you advance? Did you reach a saturation point with them? Please participate in the vote and then tell us about your experiences in the comments.
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