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003 - sharon sparrow's guide to audition success
sharon sparrow, flutist in the detroit symphony, wrote the book on audition prep.
literally. it's called 6 weeks to finals, and it's the only book out there, i think, that walks you through a step-by-step guide to preparing for an orchestra audition.
it feels empowering to know that there's not some magical sorcery behind winning an audition. nope: there's a clear, step-by-step strategy that anyone can follow. and it works: it's exactly how she prepared for and won her audition for the detroit symphony, and many of her students have won auditions using the same process.
i was lucky enough to speak with her about audition preparation for today's podcast.
thanks to matthieu from canada for his great question! if you want to ask a question to be answered on a future episode, go to robknopper.com/ask.
and to learn the 5-step audition preparation process i used to win my met opera audition, download the audition cheat sheet at robknopper.com/auditioncheatsheet.
|Jan 11, 2021|
002 - how i won the met audition
i'll remember the day forever: may 20th, 2011.
i started the day waking up on molly yeh's couch on 96th street, and ended the day carrying two bottles of dewar's scotch whisky into a friend's apartment to celebrate something i never thought i could achieve.
that day changed my life. it still boggles my mind that it happened.
well, to be honest, it actually didn't start that morning.
it started in mid-january of that year, when i received the repertoire list in the mail about 4 months before audition day.
i remember opening the packet of music. it was LONG. there were 54 excerpts on the list including 3 solo works.
between january and may of that year i worked harder than i ever have before. over 4 months, i went through a carefully designed series of steps meant to learn and polish the excerpts, and trained myself to perform them consistently at a high level.
auditions aren't a mystery. they're not a magical art. auditions are something that you can learn and master.
the key to mastering audition preparation is to build and develop a better set of steps between the day you get the list and the day of the audition.
i truly believe that i don't have any kind of innate talent. what sets me apart is that i developed an audition preparation process that brought my playing to a high level on that one day.
my process consists of 5 major steps, and it's what i'll go over in detail on today's episode. if you'd like to follow along while you listen, download my audition cheat sheet at robknopper.com/auditioncheatsheet.
i also answered an awesome question submitted by richard. thanks richard!
if you want to ask a question to be answered on a future episode, go to robknopper.com/ask.
and please leave a rating and review! i'd love to hear your feedback and ideas for future episodes.
|Jan 07, 2021|
001 - how to hack auditions
if you get rejected from an audition, should you just practice the exact same way and try again?
to me, auditions are just a game. you prepare for audition day in a particular way, and you test that particular system of preparation by going to the audition and seeing what happens. once it's over, you carefully analyze what happened, brainstorm tweaks to your audition preparation process, and try again using a new and improved system. the most important thing you can do is tweak the details of how you actually practice.
in today's episode, i'll go over:
thanks to laura from brussels for her awesome question! if you want to ask a question to be answered on a future episode, go to robknopper.com/ask
and to learn the 5-step audition preparation process i used to win my met opera audition, download the audition cheat sheet at robknopper.com/auditioncheatsheet
|Jan 03, 2021|
official trailer: the auditionhacker podcast
welcome to the auditionhacker podcast!
my name is rob knopper, i'm an audition coach and percussionist with the met opera, and i'll be your host.
EVERYONE struggles with audition rejection at some point or another. but if you're deadset on winning an orchestra job, then i'm here to help. no matter what audition obstacle you're struggling with, there's an answer. my goal is to help you discover all the best practice strategies that worked for me and other great musicians to perform at an elite level and win an orchestra audition.
to ask me an audition question, go to robknopper.com/ask
and if you'd like to learn how i prepared for my met orchestra audition, download the 5-step audition cheat sheet at robknopper.com/auditioncheatsheet
|Dec 20, 2020|