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our own performance that we cannot obtain during the act of performance itself.


Mind Over Matter


Regardless of the specifics of an audi- tion situation, the most important thing to take with us into the audition room is our personal assurance that we have done all the necessary preparation to perform to the best of our abilities. We cannot control how our competitors perform, nor can we account for every variable that may arise, but we can gain the peace of mind that on the day of the audition, we have prepared ourselves one hundred percent. There is no worse feeling than to walk out of a audition knowing that we could have done more to perform bet- ter. But even if we crack a note, squeak, or have some other mishap occur during the audition, knowing that these accidents have nothing to do with our overall ability will al-


low us to look back at our performance with a clear mind and focus on the future. With that said, perseverance is essential for devel- oping the mental fortitude and confidence to keep auditioning for the opportunities that present themselves. The life of a pro- fessional musician is extremely demanding and stressful, and requires the innate ability to carry one’s self through failure and start over with the next audition. The competi- tion in a performing musician’ career is con- sidered one of the most taxing in the world, though the potential benefits of refining our craft and seeing ourselves reach the success we’ve imagined is worth all the hard work in the end. Feel free to contact me at the informa-


tion provided above, or visit my website at www.andrewlessermusic.com if you have any questions or anything you’d like to share. I look forward to hearing from you!


Sources:


Boonshaft, Peter. Teaching Music with Passion. Meredith Music Publications: Maryland, 2002 Boonshaft, Peter. Teaching Music with Purpose. Meredith Music Publications: Maryland, 2006


Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: The Story of Success. Little, Brown, and Company: New York, 2008


Andrew Lesser is the Director of General and


Vocal Music at the Wilbur Watts Intermediate School at the Burlington City School District. He has taught band, chorus, jazz, music theory, general music, and marching band in grades K-12 and is also a published composer. Lesser also serves as Prin- cipal Clarinet of The Philadelphia Wind Symphony, a community ensemble dedicated to the development and performance of quality wind band literature. Please visit the ensemble’s website at www.philadel- phiawindsymphony.org.


The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra in our 65th Season


announces our 20th Annual Goldwasser


Young Artist Concerto Competition Our first prize winner will perform their complete chosen concerto


with The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra in concert the following season


♪ Open to all students throughout the State of New Jersey not yet graduated from High School


♪ String, Woodwind, and Brass players are eligible* ♪ Monetary prizes will be awarded ♪ Application and recording due December 13, 2013


♪ Attend our first concert OCT 27: Student tickets are only $5 ♪ Check our website www.monmouthsymphony.org for an application and full details


* Because of limitations at our venue, we cannot accept applicants competing on piano this year


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