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Nailing Your University Scholarship Audition
“When it comes to auditions, it is best to adopt the motto ‘Early is on time and on time is late.’”
when you should be hearing back from them, wait a couple of weeks and then follow up if you still have not heard anything. These little things go a long way in showing a prospective college or university how serious you are.
You are now ready to begin preparing with con dence for your upcoming scholarship auditions. If you follow the steps above, there is no doubt that you will be putting your best foot forward. Happy auditioning!
Roberto Mancusi maintains a steady performing schedule around the country and abroad. When not performing, he
is an associate professor of music at the University of T ennessee–M artin. H is teaching responsibilities include applied lessons, voice science and pedagogy, vocal literature, music technology, and co- directing the university’s Lyric Opera Theater.
that you might wear to a place of worship or a dressy occasion.
The Audition
Your audition begins when you enter the room. Enter with con dence and do not be afraid to smile and greet the others in the room. If you did not work with the pianist beforehand, take a moment to talk with them about anything unusual in your music or cuts that you take. No one likes surprises in an audition.
Remember, the pianist is trying to make you sound as good as possible— the more you are both on the same page, the easier that will be. When you’re ready, clearly announce your  rst piece. Once your audition is
over, do not forget to thank everyone, especially your pianist.
You would be surprised at just
how far simple manners will go in impressing faculty. Leave with the same con dence you had when you entered, even if you made a mistake. Do not sabotage your audition by being negative where others might hear you. Wait until you get far outside the audition building if you absolutely must express something negative.
After the Audition
After you get home, it is time to stay in touch. Sending the audition contact person a thank you for your audition is a nice gesture but not a requirement. Also, if you do not know
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