马上就要参加声乐海选了, 我们采访了Carleen 格雷厄姆, MSM声乐艺术院长, to share tips 而且 insights on what audition participants can expect, 而且 we learn helpful audition tips from MSM students 而且 alumni!
Dean of 声乐艺术, Carleen 格雷厄姆, shares tips 而且 insights on auditioning at MSM!
Can you describe what an audition day looks like for applicants 而且 what will take place? 这个过程是怎样的?
Dr. 格雷厄姆: When you come into the building on the day of your audition, you want to give yourself plenty of time so that you’re not rushed. 当你到达时, 您将看到注册表的位置, 你会签到, 而且 you will be given an opportunity to use a practice room to warm up. Then, you’ll be given the location of the audition.
Dr. 格雷厄姆: You will see a number of voice faculty members in the house listening to your audition. 由于日程安排，每天的时间可能会有所不同, 但你可以看到多达八到九个教职员工, or, 这取决于一天, 你可能会看到更少的.
在你试镜之后, you will have an opportunity to meet with me in small groups with other auditionees so that you can ask questions 而且 I can get to know you a little bit. I hope you’ll take advantage of that opportunity because I would really love to get to know you.
“You actually control the room for the 8 to 10 minutes that you’re in there, 这样你就能控制我们听你说话的方式. So come in, be yourself, 而且 don’t put on any airs. 是真实的.”
What advice can you offer for a successful MSM audition?
Dr. 格雷厄姆: I would say that the number one thing is that you want to sing what makes you feel good. You do have to show us what you’re capable of doing, but it also has to come from a song or an aria that allows you to shine 而且 that you feel your best at.
想想你想说什么. What does the repertoire that you pick tell us about you? You’ll want to sing pieces that help us learn about you very quickly. We have to make very fast decisions because we hear so many people each day, so make sure that what you prepare for us can show that very quickly.
If you have a piece that has a long introduction or interlude, 你可以考虑把头发剪掉. Say you have an aria that has 16 measures of introduction. Find a way to cut that introduction down to four measures because it saves time. Then, we can get right to listening to what you can do.
What should applicants keep in mind for the audition?
Dr. 格雷厄姆: You actually control the room for the 8 to 10 minutes that you’re in there, 这样你就能控制我们听你说话的方式. So come in, be yourself, 而且 don’t put on any airs. 是真实的. Look at us, say hello, 而且 be just open to what’s happening in the moment. The committee or someone in the room will ask you to introduce yourself 而且 tell them what you’re saying. 说话的时候要看着别人的眼睛.
Practice saying the titles of your arias or songs so that you can say them correctly — that’s really important. Make sure that you communicate well with the pianist 而且 thank them after you’re finished because they really are a key part of your audition experience. Think about the performance 而且 what you want to say.
On behalf of the 声乐艺术 department at Manhattan School of Music, we look forward to welcoming you 而且 wish you a wonderful audition!
My audition tip would be to make sure you have a clear head while auditioning! Try to enjoy the process 而且 trust that you are prepared. The faculty want to see you succeed, so don’t hold yourself back.
I auditioned at MSM for both my undergrad 而且 master’s, 而且 both were some of the warmest 而且 most comfortable audition experiences I have ever had. The faculty was intentional about welcoming 而且 getting to know me, 这极大地镇定了我的神经. Even when my master’s audition was virtual in the height of the Covid p而且emic, part of the process was to upload an “introduction” video, which is something that doesn’t happen at many other places. It was clear to me that MSM was interested in the person behind the talent just as much as the talent itself, 而且 I think that has stayed true throughout my two years here.
在任何试镜中，都要做真实的自己! 你永远无法控制选角, so best not to waste your time trying to fit into whatever you think they’re looking for. You may surprise them with something unique that you have to offer!
I joined MSM because I wanted to 继续 my studies in classical voice but, 更重要的是, 在音乐学院，音乐让我们聚在一起. I was yearning to learn 而且 grow more as an artist. I was also looking forward to improving my craft with my new voice professor.
When auditioning, be sure to stay hydrated at all times 而且 be sure to eat something! The best piece of advice I can give is to just have fun because it is a luxury to have the opportunity to perform on stage. There is only one of you, so show them what makes you shine!
Post-audition, I’d want to explore the museums in the city 而且 find restaurant gems that only the locals know. 我很可能会带上我的相机, 而不是去旅游, but to capture the busy city 而且 the various colors the city brings. I would also go 而且 watch an opera at the Met in the evening 而且 be inspired!
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