Megan Cornman, 21 Indiana University Blue Stars Trumpet, 3rd year What do you think is important in choosing which corps to audition for? It's important to do some research to find which corps have values that match your own. I also think it's important to speak with members of a corps to really get an understanding of how it operates. How do you like to prepare for an audition? Before an audition, I start preparing as early as a month before. That way I have a full grasp on the materials that I need to succeed. I try to get in at least an hour each day of corps-related practices. What was your experience like the first time you auditioned for a corps? My first time auditioning was the most nerve-racking thing I have ever experienced in my life. I did not get a callback after my first audition, but the next year I came out swinging with full confidence. What advice would you give to somebody who is nervous or unsure about auditioning? I would tell someone auditioning for the first time that no matter what, you will be nervous, so you might as well accept it! If you practice like you're going to perform, you'll be way better off than those who don't! Any other tips? I experience guilt when I don't practice something I know I should. After not getting a callback after my first audition, I have come to face my guilt. Anytime I feel that I have not accomplished enough, I can't brush it off like I did with my first audition. You must practice every little thing to the best of your ability or else I know from experience that it will make you or break you. Learn more about corps audition dates, locations and additional info.