Ok, well, I have once again failed miserably at my Mid-state audition. I just have such bad nerves and I get so tense and nervous. By the end of my lyrical piece I was shaking so much that the note was nearly inaudible. It didn't even really sound like a note. I don't know what to do. It was my last chance to make my regional band due to the fact that I'm a senior. I have my first collegiate audition next Thursday which will consist of basically the same thing. The thing that I really bombed on though was sight-reading. Mike Ansberry was one of my judges. If he's still around I'd like to PM you and talk about some stuff about my audition if you took notes or anything over people. I would just like to know what you guys would do to calm an irrational fear of failure and how do you practice sight-reading? I mean, I guess I understand why you do, but I just don't get HOW you do it. It seems there should be more to it than just sitting down with your horn and a book and reading etudes. Can anyone help and if Mr. Ansberry is around could you PM me please?