The Audition Book
What is an audition book? This is a large, sturdy, three ring binder used for organizing and storing your audition sheet music (and sometimes copy of your audition monologues as well. There is actually a great technique to organizing this which I learned back in my undergrad at CSU Fullerton's BFA in Musical Theatre program. It still helps me greatly to this day, and I am able to easily access the songs I need for my auditions.
I would highly recommend organizing it in alphabetical order from song title, WITH TABS, and create an index/bibliography for it. Create a word document and then list every song and monologue you plan on keeping within it in that order. Once you have finished, you can even create more index pages that separates your materials by artist, tempo, style, and more to help further categorize your audition song list. I usually try to do it like so:
Tempo - Uptempo, Ballad, Moderate
Style - Dramatic, Character, Pop
Era - Classic, Transition, Contemporary
Artists Last Names (Sondheim, Schwartz, Webber, Etc.)
Theme - (Love, Pain, Success, Etc)
While it may be timely at first, it is absolutely worth taking the time to do so. When you find an audition to go to, you can take a look through your index and more easily select the material best suited for the audition.
It may also be beneficial to keep an extra binder to bring your top three to five songs that you would do for the audition, because you never know if A) Someone in your group or right before you brings in the same song, B) your voice isn't in the best place and you have a back up that may be easier to perform that day, or C) they ask you if you have any other selections (yes, that CAN happen). It's a good rule to always be prepared.
I hope this advice comes in handy to you guys! Any other tips you might have for organizing an audition book? Let us know in the comments below! In the meantime...
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