Fashion Faux Pas – College Auditions

Fashion Faux Pas – College Auditions


When I went for my live auditions, I wore hiking boots. My mom and I had an argument about this. I insisted that I should wear something that looks better, but my mom said I need to keep warm. After all, we were from a tropical area and my two auditions were in the freezing East Coast! Besides, she thought, what I wore didn’t really matter because the judges wouldn’t be looking at my feet. Right??

My first audition was in Boston. All the applicants were grouped and assembled according to their instruments. We were all given our audition schedules, complete with specific dates and times, practice rooms, and audition rooms too. There were even separate waiting areas for the applicants, parents, and guests!

I saw very few other applicants. It was peaceful and quiet. I felt calm. I was impressed with how this college conducted their auditions. They were very organized, and I believe they were able to optimize the use of their space. This made the applicants feel less nervous. Despite being able to practice for only 30 minutes before my audition, my audition here went off without a hitch. 🙂

My second audition was in Oberlin…

Things were quite different here. There were more practice and audition spaces and even more applicants in all majors. We were asked to come either in the morning or in the afternoon of certain dates. They gave us a number and told us to line up outside the designated rooms and wait for our number to be called.

We were all assigned different audition rooms, but we all had one waiting room. It was chaos!! There were pianists, bassoonists, trumpeters, violinists, flautists, cellists, vocalists, percussionists, and more! Babies and toddlers in diapers, young children with their parents, and guests were also gathered in the same room. People were talking, shouting, in English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Russian! So much for peace and quiet…

There were so many applicants, and I started to feel anxious and uneasy. I could see everyone and what they wore. How elegant they looked! I felt terribly under dressed and out of place. The guys wore suits or tuxedos, while the girls wore formal dresses and gowns. And then there was me, wearing my sweatshirt, black jeans, and… hiking boots!!

Needless to say, my audition did not go well. My hands got clammy and my mouth went dry. I played wrong notes and my hands were not in sync. Despite arriving in Oberlin two days early and being able to practice all day and night before my audition, I did not get in. I felt it even before the results were out.

Thankfully, I was accepted to the school in Boston, and my mom now knows how important it is to dress well for an audition. An audition is like a job interview. Dressing appropriately will help you to make a good first impression; it will show that you are good at what you do, and that you are serious about attending their school.

To my readers… don’t do what I did! Wear something formal. Don’t shock the faculty. And definitely DON’T wear hiking boots! How you dress counts in your application and audition. At the very least, dress suitably for your sake to feel good and boost your confidence. Your clothes should be the last thing you worry about.

Please keep healthy and stay safe.

Until next time!


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