How to win an audition – for string players
This workshop is dedicated to all string players who want to learn how to prepare successfully for an orchestra audition. The week will be divided into two parts, equivalent to the first and second rounds of the audition process (i.e. Mozart concerto and some excerpts, then a Romantic concerto along with more excerpts). Students are asked to select fifteen standard excerpts for their instrument, agreed upon with Professor Stewart.
Ideally, these excerpts will be in three groups:
- Five excerpts fully prepared to professional audition standard
- Five excerpts ‘medium-prepared’
- Five excerpts fairly recent
Students are encouraged to select excerpts assigned for placement auditions at their universities or for upcoming professional auditions.
Participants will play all the excerpts and their concerto fragments in a series of screened mock auditions and will be provided with feedback from both their colleagues and Mr. Stewart.
Physical and mental preparation for winning professional auditions is the main goal to be achieved in this workshop. The mock auditions are interactive; students who are not playing are expected to act as jury members and to give feedback to their colleagues.
Schedule of a typical day
9 to 10 am Private practice
10:30 am to 12 pm Open session / mock auditions
12 to 1 pm Lunch
1 to 2 pm Partner practice (2 or 3 students playing for each other in a practice room and commenting)
2 to 4 pm Open session (excerpts & concerto)
4 to 5:30 pm Drop-in session (Mr. Stewart walks around the practice rooms and drops-in if students need help)
Evening Private practice or seminar