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Reflections on an Audition Season
Kristen Cowdin
Audition Connection2/1/2006

Since the dust has settled on the fall audition season, I’ve quit frantically counting the minutes it will take me to get from one audition site to the next and back again. Being back at my desk affords me time to follow up with opera company administrators and the singers themselves. It’s also a chance for me to reflect on the audition process, about which I learn a little more each year. As an artist manager, I’m most directly involved with managed artists seeking mainstage roles; however, there are a lot of lessons that apply to unmanaged singers, or even those seeking admission to their first young artist programs.

About the Author: Kristin Cowdin is an artist manager with Guy Barzilay Artists and a candidate for her MA in Performing Arts Administration at New York University. Previously, she has held positions at Herbert Barrett Management and in The Juilliard School’s Department of Vocal Arts.

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