Reducing Audition Anxiety
A process that can inspire fear and dread in even the most capable, calm and collected adults: auditioning. What do families need to know about this rather shrouded ritual? How can you encourage your child to make the best of such a potentially stressful situation? And what is it exactly that judges are listening for, anyway?
“Judges and teachers are often looking for player with the most developed, solid technique as well as musicality and artistry,” says 16-year-old pianist and From the Top alumna Hilda Huang. “Often, judges fall slack on the latter two, because the only thing they can really judge objectively — or the closest thing they get to objectivity — is technique. Therefore, it’s important to have a piece that can prove that the musician is capable of a high level of technique. Other pieces can demonstrate the many facets of the musician’s artistry.”
Encourage your child to plan, plan, plan. He or she should begin by going over repertoire choices with his or her private teacher. It’s good to focus on pieces that are squarely within the child’s comfort zone, and a teacher can help advise about particular requirements. If the audition involves learning new material, help your child map out a schedule well in advance of the big day. Cramming at the last minute isn’t a great idea at school, and it’s no better in music.
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Spotlight: Marc Rosenburg – Guitar lessons
Born and raised in Texas, Marc Rosenberg has been involved in music since his participation in school choirs and the Houston Boys Choir. Having always loved the sound of the guitar, at the age of 14 Rosenberg decided to studiously pursue the instrument, and began lessons on the electric guitar with teacher Adam Flint. Throughout his high school career, Rosenberg studied multiple genres, but put his focus on establishing a strong foundation in classical technique. Rosenberg continued his classical guitar studies at the collegiate level with Chip Christ at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, earning a BM in Guitar Performance and earning his Master\’s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, under Jim Ferla.
He has built a repertoire of not only solo pieces covering the major time periods (from Renaissance to contemporary), but also chamber music works. He has participated in many competitions and masterclasses with such notable names as Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, Dale Kavanagh, Bill Kanengiser, and Lily Afshar. His diverse musical background has led to performances in various productions of musicals. In 2012, he played in the ensemble for Fort Worth\’s regional premier of Astor Piazzolla\’s Maria de Buenos Aires.
In 2013, Rosenberg was one of thirteen students accepted into the I Master in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Alicante, Spain, where he studied with David Russell, Ignacio Rodes, Hopkinson Smith, Robert Aussel, Manuel Barrueco, Carles Trepat, and Nigel North, while giving several performances in the region.
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