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Audition experience - the Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

PitRatPitRat Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
edited February 2010 in Musical Theater Major
I'm a newbie-but-soon-to-be-forever-past-this-audition-stuff, and was just wondering if anyone could provide feedback on my daughter's recent audition at NYU/Steinhardt. My daughter sang her first song all the way through, then one of the audition judges (/jury? /executioner??) asked her to sing it again but with some additional acting added on top (the piece was "Green Finch and Linnet Bird", he asked her to sing it to a bird perched on her finger). She sang about 20-30 seconds of the song this way, then he suggested a somewhat different interpretation and asked her to sing it again; she sang about the same amount. After this, my daughter sang about a third of her next song at which point they stopped her and asked her to do her monologue.

Following the monologue, they talked briefly about the character and my daughter's interpretation; maybe 30 seconds or so.

Lastly, there was some simple sight-singing which (judging from the panel's reaction) seemed to go very well.

So, are these good indications? bad? standard? no way to know?

As an aside, all of the other half dozen or so people that were also hanging around in the waiting area at the time were auditioning for the Vocal Performance/Classical rather than Vocal Performance/MT.
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Replies to: Audition experience - the Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

  • takeitallintakeitallin Registered User Posts: 3,378 Senior Member
    We have learned that it doesn't pay to read much into these auditions because the results so often go unexpectedly. However, they must have seen something in your daughters acting and singing that they liked, as they took the time to work with her. Often when they have you re-do it, they want to see how you do with direction and interpretation. Best of luck with all of the auditions!
  • uskoolfishuskoolfish Registered User Posts: 2,923 Senior Member
    It sounds like a "no way to know". D is a current student in the program and there is still "no way to know" even when current students auditon to be cast in shows. The faculty is encourageing and understand what it is like to audition. But I would say they audition enough singers that they do not reveal too much in either good or bad auditions.

    Second guessing the process will drive you crazy!

    I would also add that it is probably coincidence that there were more classical students milling about than MT. The program auditions and accepts many more MT students. NYU's yield (particularly in MT) my D's year (she is a sophomore) was very high.

    D loves the program... good luck!
  • onstageonstage Registered User Posts: 1,250 Senior Member
    Actually, that sounds like a pretty good audition; if the instructors didn't like your daughter's performance, they probably wouldn't have bothered to coach her. But it's true, you shouldn't waste too much time thinking about it -- you absolutely cannot know what they were thinking and you'll just make yourself crazy trying to figure it out! I will tell you that my D had a similar experience (at a different school) and was accepted. Good luck -- you won't have too much longer to wait.
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