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December 1   -   Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Concertmaster tip: What you wear to audition counts more than how you play

LA Philharmonic associate concertmaster Nathan Cole has some cogent tips for those presenting themselves for audition. Think about presentation, he advises. Make it easy on the committee. Look good, talk good, play good – in that order. If you’ve ever suspected that audition winners have a psychological edge or secret weapon, then I’m here to tell you that you’re right. There is an edge. But it doesn’t need to remain a secret. You already know that auditions are decided by committees. And committees are made up of irrational human beings just like us. Therefore, in order to maximize your chances at an audition, you must understand how committee members think and how to persuade them. I’ve been on both sides of the screen enough times to know that perfection rarely persuades. What a committee craves is a player who makes their decision easy and enjoyable. Do you want to be that player? Then study up on how people really make decisions. Read on right here. This is essential information.

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