Is Your Repertoire Audition Worthy?

If you’re planning to audition for music schools in 2017, now is the time to start your preparation!

There are many important decisions you need to make at this stage of your preparation, and one of the must-do items on your checklist is selecting the right repertoire—pieces that fit your personality, ability, and style.

As an audition judge at a prestigious music school for the past 10 years, I often hear students perform repertoire that is not a good fit for them, which may seriously lower their chances of getting accepted into their dream school.

Remember, you only have 15 minutes to make a lasting impression that will affect your entire professional future. In those crucial 15 minutes, you want to present yourself in the best light possible by performing repertoire that showcases your strengths, not your weaknesses.

Here are some tips on how to choose the right audition repertoire for you:

  • Choose repertoire that is within your musical ability and current technical level. Don’t overstretch yourself in an effort to impress the jury with pieces that are beyond your reach.
  • Choosing repertoire is similar to selecting an outfit to wear to an important event. Would you choose an outfit in a color that you don’t like or in the wrong size? Probably not. Apply the same logic to repertoire selection—choose music that suits your temperament and that you feel comfortable playing.
  • Really listen to your gut instinct on this one: What pieces, composers, and styles are you drawn to? Are you more drawn to Mozart or to Beethoven or Haydn? Do you feel more “at home” playing Chopin or Liszt? What music makes you feel most inspired when you play?
  • Try to mix things up—don’t select only well known and overperformed pieces. The piano repertoire is incredibly vast, and jury members get bored listening to the same pieces over and over again! Playing works that might be slightly less known will definitely grab the attention of the jury.

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