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Poor Voice Audition Experience
So...I've been auditioning for the past month practically nonstop, and for the most part every single one went well. Unfortunately, I had a poor experience with the last two I went to. I kind of just wanted to vent and see if anyone had any advice on how to shake it off so it doesn't affect my next few auditions (the really important ones, in my opinion). Just as a disclaimer, I won't name any of the schools for fear of stressing other auditionees out. My first two auditions in January went wonderfully but my third and fourth were not quite as enjoyable. The third was a regional audition in a cramped studio with 6 or 7 other voice auditionees all feeding off each other's nervous energy. The only representatives from the school were the accompanist and the head of the voice dept. I went in for my audition and the accompanist completely bombed my second piece. I finished the song and tried to shake it off but it was definitely disheartening. Then I did pretty poorly on the sight-reading (no surprise there, it's my greatest weakness...this comes up later too.) As if that isn't enough, I also was feeling the onset of a cold. Luckily, this wasn't an audition for one of my top schools, but it definitely lowered my self-confidence. Then, my fourth and most recent audition at a local state school went even worse! I've been suffering from bad congestion and sinus pain for the past few days and did everything to try and alleviate it before my audition yesterday, to no avail. Once I got into the audition one of the professors on the panel rushed through my first piece and only let me sing one verse of my second one. Of course, I understand that they will stop you for time purposes but it was all very jarring and unlike any of my past auditions. Then, the dreaded sight-reading. The professor told me to start reading immediately after getting the starting note so I didn't really get a chance to look at the end of the phrase and did quite poorly...and as a result, two of the panelists started laughing. I tried to chuckle along with them but it was very humiliating and they continued to snicker when I was doing a rhythm test. I just felt it was very unprofessional and as a chronic over-thinker, it really crippled my self-confidence. I know I didn't sing my best due to congestion and obviously the theory didn't go well. One of my top schools is this Friday and I was already nervous before my audition yesterday, now I'm terrified. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had experiences like this and if there's a way I can kind of put it behind me so I can try to do my best and my next three auditions at some of my top schools. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks so much, everyone.8 replies