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The Producers, MTWichita 2009

Tips for Successful Auditions

Your audition will be the most successful if:

You have properly prepared music:

  • Be sure that copies include the full music score. Often you must reduce the copy to 94% to include the full piano accompaniment.
  • The photocopies should look like the original. Do not use anything but white paper, and be sure that the exposure is not too dark or too light.
  • Pages should be double-sided. A two page excerpt should be presented without the need to turn the page. Do not use loose sheets of paper, which can blow off the music rack. Instead, place sheet music into a three-ring binder (if plastic sheet covers are used, it should be the non-glare variety) or affix songs onto stiff card stock and tape together, accordion-style.
  • Be sure to have your music in the key you intend to sing it. Do not ask the pianist to transpose the music.
  • Make clear marks regarding tempo, cuts, repeats, etc.
    • An introduction or bell tone should be indicated.
    • If multiple cuts are needed for your excerpt, consider actually cutting and pasting sections on a plain piece of paper, then making a photo copy of that page. (If you do this, be sure that clefs and key signatures line up.)
    • Make certain the title is written at the top of your first page of music; if you are beginning midway through a piece, write the title on the top of that page.
    • Use standard markings to indicate cuts. Brackets can be used. An arrow pointing to the next material may be useful.
    • See tips from Associate Music Director and audition pianist Chuck Koslowske HERE.

You have chosen appropriate sections of songs:

  • An ideal song is about 90 seconds long. More than two minutes is too long.
  • Although we hope you have at least two contrasting pieces prepared, due to scheduling we may only hear one selection.

You give attention to preparing photos and résumés:

  • Photos should be attached to résumés with staples or a glue stick. Paperclips fall off when photos are stacked.
  • If your photo is not imprinted with your name, be sure your name is written on the back in case it gets separated from the résumé.
  • If you are using a standard 8x10 photo, your résumé should be cut to the same size.
  • Résumés should always list contact information, specifically an email address and/or phone number. It is sometimes wise to have an email address that you use specifically for professional purposes, rather than the one you use for chatting with your friends.
  • Please always bring your picture and résumé to the audition, even if you have already submitted them electronically or via mail.