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Auditioning Tips for Musicians

“There are no auditions, there are only performances.”
—Janet Bookspan


  • Audition as much as you can to gain experience.
  • Read audition notices carefully. Come prepared to audition.
  • Do your homework. Research the organization.
  • Choose audition material that displays your talent, versatility and technique.
  • Make sure your audition material is well-prepared.
  • Research the location prior to the date of your audition. If possible, execute a trial travel run for timing and distance.
  • Pick out your clothing the evening before and make sure everything is clean, ironed and ready to wear.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Surround yourself with positive people, places and things prior to the audition.
  • Dress neatly, nicely, comfortably, and flatteringly. Think dressy casual.
  • Wear something unobtrusive that won’t draw attention away from your performance. No big jewelry or outrageous hair styles.
  • Bring extra press packets.


  • Treat each audition with the reverence and the preparation of a performance.
  • Never be a no-show.
  • Never be late! Arrive early to warm up and settle yourself.
  • Go in with a strong ego and a positive, upbeat, friendly attitude.
  • Smile.
  • Be nice and polite to everyone from beginning to end.
  • Approach each audition as a learning experience; turn your nervousness into excitement.
  • Concentrate and maintain your composure.
  • Thank the audition panel before you leave the room.
  • An audition is not over until you get home and close the door behind you. You never know who could be around you. Keep thoughts and comments about the audition exclusive to people you can trust.


  • Evaluate how you did so you can identify and work on your weaknesses.
  • Interviews may be a deciding factor.
  • Send a note of thanks to the appropriate party.
  • And remember, do not take rejection as failure.
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