​      Preparation

      - Learn as much as you can about who and what you are auditioning for, and

        adjust your audition materials appropriately.  I can and will help you with this.

      - Be on time.  Allow extra time to get there.  No one minds if you are early,

        but it sends the wrong message to be late.

      - Bring everything you think you might or will need, which may include but is not limited

        to dance gear & shoes, a change of shoes or clothes, extra headshots/resumes, water,

​        a snack, grooming supplies, and a great attitude.

      - Get lots of rest the night before the audition.  

      - If you are hungry before the audition, eat something light, and plan a bigger meal later.

      - Always stay as healthy as you can, so you can go to any audition at any time.

      - If you are asked to wait a while before you can go in, don't act bored.  Use the time to 

        mentally rehearse your audition and to warm up your voice.  



     - Try to look well groomed and dress up a little.  It shows you really care about this audition.

     - Dress comfortably and appropriately, as you would dress for a job interview.  
     - Do NOT wear a costume of any kind.

​​​      Resume & Headshot

     - Bring your current headshot and resume.

     - Be sure the information on your resume is true and accurate and up to date.

     - Your headshot should be recent, and should look like you. 


     - Smile.

     - Always be very cooperative and very polite.  

​     - Never argue with the director, and never hesitate when asked to do something by

       the director.

     - When your audition is over, say "thank you," swiftly gather your things and exit.

     - Don't let it get you down if you are rejected.  Just prepare, go, do your very best, 

       and then go to the next audition.

​     - Go to as many auditions as you can; each audition helps prepare you for the next one.

     - Never give up.  


     Before you Audition

​     - Warm up your voice with lip trills, tongue trills, and then the rest of your warmup.  If you need

       to quietly warm up, use your cocktail straw and do slides.

     - Don't waste time and energy socializing with the other auditionees.  Use what short time

        is available to you to mentally rehearse your lyrics and your audition.

     Song selection

​     - If possible, familiarize yourself with the music and book of the show or with the style of the 

      band/ensemble for which you are auditioning, so you will be more prepared for callbacks.

​     - Select a song appropriate to the situation.  I will help you with this.

     - Know which song you are going to sing before you arrive.  Don't change it at the audition.

     - Have at least one ballad and one uptempo song prepared.

     - Choose whichever songs in your repertoire that best show your voice and that you know

       very well. 

     - Usually, it's better NOT to sing a song from the show for which you are auditioning; if they

       call you back, they will usually have you sing a song from the show. 

     - If this is a music industry audition, you may find yourself singing a cappella in an office.  

       It's a good idea to have rehearsed your material a cappella, in case this happens.



​    - While we are using digital music in my studio, the musical theatre world has not graduated to 
       the digital world.  Have your paper music in a 3-ring binder which is easily readable.

    - Most musical theatre auditions will ask to hear 16 bars of your song.  If you are unclear what           that means or not sure what 16 bars to choose, see me.

​     - Know what key your song is in, even though you have the music.

     - Know the composer of your song, and the show it is from (if it is from a show). 

     - Have a clean copy of the music you are performing with cuts clearly marked for a pianist.

     - Have your repertoire book with you, in case they want to hear something else too.

​     - Never have anything in your book you are unprepared to perform.

     - If there is a page turn in your audition cut, make sure the audition music reads like a book,

       with 2-sided pages.  If possible, eliminate the page turn by having 2 open facing pages. 

      The Accompanist

     - The accompanist is crucial to your singing audition.  Treat him/her with respect.

     - Never expect the accompanist to transpose.

     - Never expect the accompanist to read from a fake book or chord charts.

     - Never assume the accompanist knows your music already.

     - Don't allow the accompanist to lead you into a new tempo or style.  He/she should follow


     - At the piano, quietly go through the song with the accompanist before you sing.  Softly sing

       a few bars for him/her; he will gain tempo and style from that.

     - Point out any cuts, or changes that may not be obvious.

     - Be very polite, and always thank the accompanist.

     The Audition Performance

     - It's okay to go first; they may remember you better!

     - You may say something before you start, if you wish, such as "my name is..."  or "I'll be

​       singing ...", unless you have been specifically instructed not to slate.

     - Never apologize or give an excuse for anything.

     - Fix your focus just slightly above the judges' heads; don't look them right in the eye.

     - Don't wander around; plant your feet and take your time before singing; take a deep breath,

       then nod and smile at the accompanist as a signal to begin.

     - After you nod to the accompanist, don't look at him again if he makes a mistake.  It looks 

       to the auditioners like you're shooting him a dirty look....and he probably is a friend of 

​       theirs.


     - If you know of the musical/play for which the audition is being held, familiarize yourself with

       the plot and characters before your audition.

​     -Don't waste time and energy socializing with the other auditionees.  Use what time you have

       to rehearse the script.

​     - Read simply and be open to suggestions offered by the dialogue.

     - Pick a quality to play that is indicated to you by the action of the scene.

     - If the director asks you to do it again differently, don't hesitate.  Say "of course," and then do it

       again with the director's changes.

     - If they ask you to read for another part, do it with no argument or hesitation.

     - It is okay to ask a question about your character, if you feel it will help you.

     - Don't upstage anyone; be an ensemble player.

     - Remember, the director is looking for people he can work with, who are cooperative, and

        who take direction well.  He is interested in presenting his version of the play, not yours.