I love talking with audiiton winners.
Learning about how they designed and implemented a long-term plan is fascinating. What went right? What went wrong? How did they adjust course? What did they do to get through the low points? When did things start to click?
That’s what Caleb Quillen and I dig into on this episode.
Caleb is the most recent addition to the bass section of the Kansas City Symphony. He studied at New England Conservatory and Rice University prior to winning the Kansas City job.
We talk about:
- Caleb’s long-term audiiton plan
- getting out of the “bass culture” when playing excerpts
- concept of cognitive shifting and mental replacement
- how running helped Caleb with auditioning
- managing frustration and discouragement in audiiton preparation
It was such fun connecting with Caleb and talking auditioning with him!
He and I had actually met years ago at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago when his high school orchestra performed there. Caleb was principal bassist of his orchestra and had a solo in a piece, and I went up to the stage and congratulated him after the performance. Small world!
More audition-related content:
- previous audition winner conversations:
- Winning the Audition (podcast series)
- Winning the Audition (the book!)
- Orchestra Excerpt Breakdown with John Grillo
- Opera Excerpt Breakdown with John Grillo
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