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How to prepare for a successful audition

4 June 2019
Top 5 tips for students
To study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, you will need to audition. This can be a nerve-racking experience – but it doesn’t have to be. Here, students share their advice on how to prepare for your big moment.

An audition is your opportunity to show us your abilities, and it allows us to assess your skills and discuss your commitment. Here are five tips from those who've already been there to help you prepare:

1. Register for your audition online

If you can’t attend in person, you can submit a video-recorded audition. Your recording must be no more than 4 months old.

2. Double check all of the requirements

Make sure you follow the audition requirements for your specialisation. If you’re auditioning on an instrument or voice, remember you need to have an accompanist.

3. It all comes down to sound quality

Whatever equipment you’re using to record your audition, do your best to maximise the sound quality by choosing your location carefully. If you can, try and use an ensemble room or recital hall. It doesn’t need to be recorded professionally, a simple ZOOM recorder is enough.

4. It’s not what you play that counts, it’s how you play

When selecting repertoire, you want to play it comfortably and well. A piece that’s achievable is better than going for something that’s difficult. The audition panel will look for quality of performance.

5. Show your personality

An audition panel consists of musicians. Show them that you’re one too and that you have a passion for music. Be technically proficient, but don’t fret about technique – they’ll be on the lookout for potential.

Did you know you can apply to get an early offer from the Con before you get your ATAR? Learn about our Creative Arts Special Admission Scheme.

Last updated July 2022

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