School of Music Audition Workshop - Saturday, October 19, 2013


Audition season is fast approaching! Are you ready?

The School of Music at George Mason University invites all area high school Juniors and Seniors to participate in our Audition Workshop, to be held on Saturday, October 19th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the deLaski Performing Arts Building. Let us help you prepare as you begin your college search and work on your audition repertoire.

This workshop consists of 3 information sessions, as well as the opportunity to participate in a mock performance audition. Students who wish to give a mock audition can prepare a 2-5 minute piece and receive immediate feedback from our faculty.

The best part - it's all FREE!

For more information on how to particpate, please see the schedule and process for signing up for a mock audition below.


Audition Workshop - Sessions & Events Schedule

*Note: Students do not have to perform a mock audition to participate in any of these information sessions.Registration is not required if you only want to attend the workshop sessions.*

All sessions will be held in the deLaski Performing Arts Building. Please check the schedule in the lobby on the 3rd floor for room locations.


1:00 - 1:40 pm

GMU Faculty Presentation:

How to Properly Prepare for Your Audition

Ever wonder what the faculty judges are thinking about when you're performing? We'll tell you! Dr. Dennis Edelbrock and Dr. Linda Monson will help you set yourself up for success.You'll receive tips on how to manage performance anxiety, learn how to present yourself as a professional, and discover what professors are looking for when you are auditioning.

1:40 - 2:20 pm

Q&A with Mason Music Students with Live Demonstrations

Have a chance to hear from some of our current Mason Music students and get their perspective on how they prepared for their audition and what they looked for in a university program. You may also present your own questions. Our GMU students will also perform live demonstrations to accompany their audition tips.

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Music Technology Demonstration with Dr. Jesse Guessford

Music Theater Building, Rm. 1012, Sound Lab


Master Class: Selected Mock Audition Participants

Vocal Master Class - Choral Room, deLaski PAB

Instrumental Master Class - Rehearsal Hall 3001, deLaski PAB

Sit on a Master Class that puts all of the information presented earlier in day into practice! Faculty will present their take on the mock auditions of the day, sharing the good moments and give their recommendations on which areas could be improved. Selected students will have an opportunity to perform in front of the group and receive feedback from the group. All students will have a chance to share their experiences with the group and ask questions. This session can still be very helpful to those who do not present mock auditions earlier in the day.

3:30 - 5 pm

College of Visual & Performing Arts Reception

for Prospective Students & Families in the deLaski PAB Lobby (3rd Floor)


3:45 - 4:15 pm

GMU Music Faculty Artist Showcase Recital

deLaski PAB, Rm. 3001



*Registration is closed at this time.*

Mock auditions will take place between 1:20 and 2:20 pm. Students must sign up in advance to perform a mock audition. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students who register for a mock audition will be given a 10-minute time slot and a chance to perform for our faculty. They must prepare one piece of their choosing. Please keep your selection to 2-5 minutes. Instrumentalists will not perform with accompaniment. However, vocalists should be prepared to perform with accompaniment. An accompanist will be provided for the workshop. Vocalists, please bring one clean copy of your music for the accompanist to use.

Those who are scheduled to perform should check in at the desk in the lobby of the deLaski Performing Arts Building at 12:45 pm. Students should have time to attend the first session before their audition. Students will be given a chance to warm up a few minutes before their audition. However, it is strongly recommended that students do the majority of their preparation before arriving. Feedback will be provided during their mock audition time.

Students who do not wish to or are not able to participate in a mock audition are still welcomed to attend the workshop sessions.

Please note that these are not formal auditions and will not be considered for admission into the university. Students who would like to apply to George Mason University as a Music major must go through the proper application and audition process. Information about the formal audition process at George Mason can be found on our website.



If you have any questions about the workshop sessions or the mock auditions, please contact Stevie Garza-Otto (703-993-1390 or

If you are a local high school music director and would like to bring a large group to this event, please let us know!