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Judged by Your Appearance
What University Professors Really Think about Your Audition Attire

by Michelle Latour


You spend countless hours in the practice room, you pay a small fortune on voice lessons and coachings, you painstakingly pose for the perfect headshot, and you travel a great distance to your audition, perhaps even paying for airfare and hotel. Why then, would you neglect the final step in this process, carefully thinking about what to wear for your audition?

As a university-level voice professor, frequent adjudicator, and active singer, I am often appalled at how inappropriately singers dress for auditions. I have witnessed young singers wearing flip-flops, baring their midriff (a singer, by the way, who was also eight months pregnant!), and wearing thin, sheer skirts without suitable undergarments. These singers’ audition attire not only negatively impacted their chance of success but also, in some teachers’ opinions, showed disrespect for the art form.

But, as I began to reflect, I wondered whether is it just that the standards have changed. Did I have unrealistic expectati...

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