Audition Success

Rated 4.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


Audition Success chronicles the story of two musicians (a horn player and a mezzo-soprano) as they learn how to prepare for important auditions (the Houston Symphony and the Chicago Lyric Opera). They employed the same techniques and proven strategies, such as Centering, used by Olympic and professional athletes to perform well under extreme pressure. Audition Success is based on the artist’s transcribed conversations with Dr. Greene during an intensive two-month training period.

“Musicians face an intensely competitive orchestral job market and the reality that a three-minute audition can determine a lifelong career. Don Greene’s Audition Success gives young musicians a concrete set of skills to achieve the concentrated focus needed in these critical moments.”
– Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director, San Francisco Symphony

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Consists of transcriptions of actual sessions with musicians preparing for important auditions.

7 reviews for Audition Success

  1. Rated 4 out of 5 review

    I studied this book while preparing for a recent audition and performed better than ever at the audition. I don’t know if it was just coincidence, but there were some good things to think about that I gleaned from the text. I got a lot out of the chapters with the singer as well as the chapters with the other horn player.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5 review

    I often teach seminars in overcoming performance anxiety, so I am quite current on the literature. This one is a gem! There is a lot of information, several ideas and approaches, yet easily “digested” because the book is written in a conversational manner. It’s been criticized as “only” being the transcription of phone conversations, yet I find what did and didn’t work for the two individuals involved to be much easier to learn from and glean what I want to use than books that lecture and pontificate and give endless lists of things to do.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5 review

    J.D. Gorrie wrote “Audition Success by Don Greene is probably the best book I have read regarding audition preparation. It consists largely of transcribed interviews with two of Greene’s clients. Using their experiences, the reader can craft his or her own audition preparation plan. It covers everything from methods to practice orchestral excerpts through to word association techniques which help performers settle in to the right mood the moment before they perform.”

  4. Rated 4 out of 5 review

    “I am usually very skeptical about these sorts of books as there are many out there that are simply too wishy-washy. Audition Success is a no nonsense approach that if read, understood, and applied, can be very helpful in making performers more successful in audition and other performing situations. A must read (and must do!) for all musicians taking auditions.”

  5. Rated 4 out of 5 review

    Jake from Hampton, VA wrote, “The book is conversations of the author with two muscians. I really enjoyed that format and found the twist and turns insightful because it wasn’t presented as do these six steps and you will be successful. I found the key ideas of a structured approach to training such as training under stress conditions, in mixed order, and multiple environments, and tapering applicable to anyone who must use skills to produce results–either singing on a stage or a presentation in a group. The one reviewer was right about the conversation, and maybe each chapter could have used a short summary of the techniques in that chapter. But if you read and label the technique when it is applied and then incorporate it into your skill training, I think you will find the book very helpful.”

  6. Rated 4 out of 5 review

    “Audition Success has changed the way I perform forever. It has instilled a very high confidence in my playing during auditions. Before, I was always nervous and doubtful about my auditions. But, after reading this book, I won the highest seat at my university orchestra audition. Thank you, Don Greene, for helping me achieve my dreams.”

  7. Rated 4 out of 5 review

    “There is valuable information in this which I’ve used for my students auditioning for scholarships. It helped them immeasurably, and their auditions – for the most part – were instrumental in gaining for them the scholarships they sought.”

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