welcome to the auditionhacker academy.
the auditionhacker academy is an online school that helps you barrel through whatever's standing between you and your dream orchestra job.
hi, i'm rob.
10 years ago i was trying to figure out what to do after high school, but now i play percussion with the greatest orchestra on earth: the met orchestra. before that, i studied at juilliard and i was a fellow in the new world symphony. i consider myself to be unbelievably lucky.
before i got my job at the met, i failed my way through years of unsuccessful auditions and rejected applications.
my goal with this blog is to reach keen and motivated musicians like yourselves and help you get where you're going quicker and smarter than i did.
the 12 days of auditions
every day for 12 days before my online mini-course comes out, i'm releasing a video that covers a different topic on how to take auditions. it's called the twelve days of auditions, and here's what you can check out right now:
mock auditions are an essential part of the audition preparation process. but just doing mocks isn’t going to solve all your problems.
it’s all in the details. exactly how you carry out a mock audition will affect what kind of performance benefit you see from it. today’s video is about 3 of the most common mistakes that i see musicians make in mocks.
and why taking fewer auditions, not more, can work.
sometimes it takes an odd strategy to prepare and win one of the biggest timpani auditions on earth.
a truly devastating audition can lead to a truly meaningful audition pivot.
last week, duncan patton, my former colleague at the met opera, demonstrated how to build a basic legato stroke on timpani. today he’s back to show you the other 8 stroke types you should learn to build a complete sound pallet.
in high school i found an old PAS article on building a legato timpani stroke that changed my life. i didn’t know it at the time, but the author would turn out to be my colleague in the met orchestra, duncan patton. here’s duncan's guide to building a legato stroke, 22 years later.
what gives you a better shot of passing the tape round of an audition: sending in an all-natural, unedited tape, or doing some editing and submitting an artificially enhanced tape? and if you do edit your audition tape, is it cheating?
your mallet bag should be a collection of the best of the best. you should choose new mallets in a scientific way, without wasting money.
on my first day of freshman year in college, greg zuber handed me a 283-page packet of snare drum exercises, charts, grip diagrams, and articles. thus began my college snare drum journey. in today’s video he explains some of his most important foundational snare drum concepts that you can incorporate into your daily snare warmup.
if you want to be an orchestral percussionist, should you do drum corps or will it ruin your stroke? i asked jake nissly, principal percussionist of the san francisco symphony and former member of the dubuque colts.
first, check out the way i won my job in the metropolitan opera orchestra.
it's the audition cheat sheet, which is a 5-step guide to constructing your preparation process and optimizing it for maximum results.
next, join the auditionhacker facebook group
it's a place to talk about auditions, for any instrument.