By Sammy Johnson
I had the unique opportunity to experience two auditions in two days, but in two ways. The first audition, I was on the panel as a principal woodwind and was responsible for listening and ultimately deciding who would be joining the ensemble. The second audition I switched roles and become the musician who was auditioning for the coveted spot of a principal woodwind. This was an interesting experience for me because I had taken many auditions prior to sitting on a panel for the first time, but the mindset of a panelist was fresh in my mind by the time I took my next audition, a mere one day later.
I took note of three important points during my time as a panelist and turned them into advice to help me (and you!) in future auditions.