How to take on ANY audition – with Rob Knopper from the Metropolitan Opera

RobSince I began this blog just under a year ago, I have gotten countless emails around one topic that virtually every musician has struggled with, but I am unfortunately completely clueless about myself…

It’s everyone’s favorite thing:  AUDITIONS

I remember my first audition for an orchestra like it was yesterday…

The spring semester of my junior year at Temple was spent preparing for a second horn audition for the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

I spent months preparing and hours each day slaving away on the list of excerpts.

The day finally came and I showed up to the audition site along with about 30 other horn players where we all sat in a room and secretly judged one another while trying to intimidate the competition with our best low horn tutti passage from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

If you’ve ever been in one of these rooms then you exactly what I’m talking about.

I learned something really important that day about myself and more importantly about myself as a musician.

I had no clue how to actually prepare for auditions.

Over the years I have realized that there are many people who can play extremely well but very few of those people ever actually win auditions.

Why is that?

I’m super psyched to share an interview with you today that talks about this point exactly.

Rob Knopper is a percussionist in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and after many years of experiencing countless rejections from auditions he created a process of preparation that eventually led him to win his position in one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world.

Rob and I sat for about an hour and discussed:

  • How to deal with rejection and what to learn from it
  • The biggest mistakes and misconceptions people have when taking auditions
  • What members of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra panel members look for
  • And how to prepare for multiple auditions at the same time

Ready to get started?  Click below to watch the interview.

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