Welcome to the fourth and final installment of Winning the Audition, a special series from Contrabass Conversations featuring advice from leaders in the field about preparing and executing auditions successfully. This series is drawn from interviews conducted with dozens of bassists from orchestras like the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and Houston Symphony, plus some of the most influential pedagogues in the field.
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Today’s episode dives into common characteristics and mindsets that distinguish audition winners. We talk about techniques for battling nerves, adopting a more musical approach to the audition process, and processes for developing a good mental state for auditioning.