Often, the worst part about the audition process isn’t the sweaty palms, dry throat, or nervous anticipation. It’s the silence after the fact. The not knowing. The wonder at what the judges were thinking.
You walk off the stage analyzing whether the one judge smiled, whether they noticed that you didn’t hold that one whole note a full four beats, whether it was a good thing that you were cut off in the middle of your third aria.
And a few weeks later, you’re still wondering, wishing you were a mind reader.
Thankfully, there is one event where singers get the feedback they crave: the Audition Feedback Experience, part of the annual Classical Singer Convention. At the 2010 Convention in New York City last May, singers in the Professional Track—those currently auditioning for professional jobs and roles—had the opportunity to participate in this program, nicknamed AFE. The program allows singers to receive feedback after their audition from professionals that hire in their respec...
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