the auditionhacker hall of fame

since 2015, over 500 musicians have enrolled in auditionhacker academy courses,

and every year many win jobs in orchestras around the world.

i am so proud of our auditionhacker alumni.

so on this page i’d like to pay tribute to the musicians who have worked their ass off and achieved success.

where have auditionhacker alumni won auditions or advanced to finals?

alumni have seen success in more than 25 orchestras in north america, europe, asia and australia.

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who are our successful alumni?

below is a partial list of notable auditionhacker alumni who perform with orchestras around the world.


SARAH LEWIS, oboe

detroit symphony orchestra

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2017

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2017

“I strongly recommend Rob Knopper’s Audition Hacker Academy to anyone who is serious about wanting to win an audition. This course was exactly what I needed to put me on track with a specific plan to achieve my audition goals.

The research phase in particular helped me develop a deeper understanding of each excerpt, which allowed me to create an interpretation that I felt strongly about.

I’m so grateful that I enrolled in this course, because it helped me win the 2nd oboe audition in my hometown orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra!”

- Sarah Lewis


enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

SAM ROSS, clarinet

the president’s own marine band

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

AMAL GOCHENOUR, piccolo

baltimore symphony orchestra

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

JONATHAN REED, double bass

grand rapids symphony orchestra


MATT ERNSTER, percussion

KBS symphony orchestra

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

check out this video in which matt discusses his experience:


enrolled: 2018, won the audition: 2018

enrolled: 2018, won the audition: 2018

STEPHANIE BLOCK, cello

new world symphony orchestra

enrolled: 2016, won the audition: 2018

enrolled: 2016, won the audition: 2018

MIKEY ARBULU, CLARINET

united states army field band

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

enrolled: 2017, won the audition: 2018

HYANG GEE LEE, PERCUSSION

vietnam sun symphony orchestra


MALLORY TITTLE, CLARINET

united states navy fleet bands

enrolled: 2015, won the audition: 2018

enrolled: 2015, won the audition: 2018

Before beginning the course, I was not advancing as much as I wanted to be for auditions. My biggest struggle was the tiny details. I would play excerpts really well, but they were not absolutely spotless. There would be a tiny slip-up here and there and I would not always advance.

While in the course, I started to implement the ROAM method in my practice sessions and this method fixed the tiny details for me. This method is especially helpful when it comes to technical excerpts. When the method is REALLY done the right way, your excerpts can be perfect.

I won a position with the US Navy Fleet Band program and I’ll be shipping out to boot camp in May. Thanks to the auditionhacker course, I am more attentive to the small details in my playing and I make sure not to let even the smallest thing slip through the cracks.

- Mallory Tittle

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