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What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:13 am
by IsaacTuba
I'm thinking a business casual, but what's your opinion?

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:36 pm
by Bnich93
Depends on the studio professor I would say. The least I've ever worn to a college audition was a polo, khakis, and oxfords. Nobody said anything.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:02 pm
by tclements
Look great. Suit & tie. Make sure your suit FITS correctly and is freshly laundered. Shirt pressed and don't forget to polish your shoes. WITHOUT exception, every audition I witnessed that the candidate dressed sloppily, they played sloppily. Seriously, this is very important.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:59 pm
by bort
tclements wrote:Look great. Suit & tie. Make sure your suit FITS correctly and is freshly laundered. Shirt pressed and don't forget to polish your shoes. WITHOUT exception, every audition I witnessed that the candidate dressed sloppily, they played sloppily. Seriously, this is very important.


^ This

Also, take a shower and get a haircut about a week before.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:07 pm
by Stryk
In my day, at FSU, most wore tie-dye shirts, cut off shorts, and flip flops. I don't think that would go over well these days at most schools. Look as sharp as you are comfortable looking. If you are uncomfortable, it will show, and will influence your playing.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:11 pm
by Three Valves
bort wrote:
tclements wrote:Look great. Suit & tie. Make sure your suit FITS correctly and is freshly laundered. Shirt pressed and don't forget to polish your shoes. WITHOUT exception, every audition I witnessed that the candidate dressed sloppily, they played sloppily. Seriously, this is very important.


^ This

Also, take a shower and get a haircut about a week before.


:shock:

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:05 pm
by timayer
Whatever you decide to wear, PRACTICE IN IT before the audition. Do not make the first time you play in a new jacket and/or shirt and tie the audition.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:52 pm
by Uncle Buck
So, I'm much less experienced in college and/or professional auditions than those who have posted here already. But I'm pretty experienced in degrees of appropriate attire in various professional settings.

Personally, for this situation, I would think that a blazer with a dress shirt and slacks, with no tie, and dress shoes, would be more than enough to demonstrate that you care about your appearance and know how to look professional. Presuming, of course, that the blazer isn't too loud, the colors are conservative and coordinated, the clothes clean and ironed, shoes shined, etc.

I'm not sure that "suit and tie" is necessary.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:04 pm
by Mark
bort wrote:Also, take a shower and get a haircut about a week before.


I'd really encourage taking a shower more recently than a week before the audition.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:45 pm
by TD517
timayer wrote:Whatever you decide to wear, PRACTICE IN IT before the audition. Do not make the first time you play in a new jacket and/or shirt and tie the audition.


^ This!!! Especially if you are not regularly playing/performing in a tie/jacket outfit. I've also started getting my "playing" dress shirts 1/2 a neck size larger than my "wearing" dress shirts. It's usually not enough to look loose, but avoids the tightness created from the larger throat during playing. Then again, maybe I just size 'normally' on a 1/4 size :roll:

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:50 pm
by Diego A. Stine
I've worn a blazer and dress shirt without a tie. It's nice to be able to breathe.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:08 pm
by Tuba Boy
For all of mine, I've worn a dress shirt, tie, and khakis. I kept the top button of my shirt unbuttoned for easy breathing. Make sure whatever you wear is comfy.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:25 pm
by KiltieTuba
Clothing is probably a good choice.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:52 pm
by bort
Mark wrote:
bort wrote:Also, take a shower and get a haircut about a week before.


I'd really encourage taking a shower more recently than a week before the audition.


Do as you wish! :)

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:28 pm
by Leland
I was gonna say, dress like you're already there. So sweatpants, a t-shirt from a rival college, and a hoodie. And Crocs.

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:53 pm
by windshieldbug
KiltieTuba wrote:Clothing is probably a good choice.


Only if you play with your back to the audience... :oops:

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:09 pm
by TD517
windshieldbug wrote:
KiltieTuba wrote:Clothing is probably a good choice.


Only if you play with your back to the audience... :oops:



Unless you're playing a "compensating" Tuba.... :wink:

Re: What should I wear to a college audition?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:34 am
by bloke
Originally, I posted a very short post - only agreeing with Tony's post (suit/tie/hygiene/haircut/etc.). It was not a "smart aleck" post. It was deleted by some administrator (??). I note that "smart aleck" posts (above) remain...