Andrew Bain on on auditions, practicing, and the importance of the process
Audition Playbook interview
Andrew Bain, principal horn of the LA Philharmonic and a huge influence on the development the Audition Playbook, answers many in-depth questions related to his audition journey, practicing, preparing, why we all need to focus on the process, and so much more.
The Four Pillars of Audition Preparation
Audition Playbook blog post
Identifying the four foundational pillars of preparation and cultivating each carefully — Technique, Music, Mind, and Wellness.
Bryan Cranston's Advice to Aspiring Actors
I love love love love this video. Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston describes what it truly takes to nail an audition as an actor and it is 100% applicable to orchestra auditions.
"Know what your job is."
Jen Montone's Sample Audition Preparation Plan
Philadelphia Orchestra principal horn Jen Montone describes a sample 8-week plan she personally used to prepare for an audition when she was 25.
Toby Oft's articles
Boston Symphony principal trombonist Toby Oft has a collection of in-depth articles on his website describing the audition process of himself and others. They can all be found on the articles section of his website.
"Your Next Audition" by Richie Hawley
Clarinetist Richie Hawley describes the essential steps of audition preparation.
"10 Tips for a Successful Orchestral Audition" by Brant Taylor
Chicago Symphony cellist Brant Taylor offers ten fundamental concepts essential to audition preparation.
Auditioning for the MET Orchestra
Principal bassoonist William Short outlines the entire process of auditioning for the MET Orchestra.
William Short's blog
MET Orchestra principal bassoonist William Short has written many insightful blog posts about auditions and working as a musician.
Jay Friedman: Audition Compilation
This is the landing page for a collection of articles on auditions written by Jay Friedman (Chicago Symphony principal trombonist) and some of his CSO colleagues.
"Orchestral Preparation in 10 Steps" by Mark Nuccio
Houston Symphony principal clarinetist Mark Nuccio outlines 10 essential steps to preparing an audition, based on his own experience having taken ~20 auditions.