I provide audition preparation for woodwind students who may not be studying regularly with a private instructor, but would like assistance in preparing for district and regional auditions.

(If you are currently studying with another instructor, please get permission from your teacher to work with me.  It's a matter of professional courtesy!)


We schedule eight 30- or 60-minute individual sessions at weekly intervals, culminating in a mock audition live or via Zoom.  In each session we review all of the required scales and practice sight-reading, in addition to studying the solo.  


Other topics covered are:


  • Warm-up strategies: ignore those warm-up room hotshots!

  • Scales and sight-reading strategies

  • The importance of tempo control: how to avoid rushing

  • Auditions from the other side of the judges’ desk: what judges listen for

  • Audition Math™

  • Breath management: what do when the adrenaline kicks in

  • What if you DO make a mistake? How to recover gracefully and keep going

I also provide audition workshops onsite at schools. Workshops include a 1-hour talk about the audition process and a 1-hour master class coaching students on their audition music.

2020-2021 New England Audition Schedules


November 21, 2020: Southeastern District Senior Auditions

December 5, 2020: Southeastern District Junior Auditions

November 14, 2020:  Eastern District Senior Auditions

January 30, 2021:  Eastern District Junior Auditions

November 21, 2020: Northeastern District Senior Auditions

January 30, 2021: Northeastern District Junior Auditions

TBA: SEMSBA Junior and Senior Auditions


Required Scales 

Massachusetts Required Solos

Judging Forms


NE Mass

and SEMSBA Solos not posted yet.

Rhode Island
Required Solos


Required Solos


Required Solos

Vermont Required Solos

My studio is in Dedham, MA, convenient to Routes 1, 95, and 128. There is ample on-street parking.

Call or email for the location.

I provide online instruction via Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime.

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