How do I not panic when sight reading? I had an audition today, and when I had to sight read for it, I got super nervous, played all the wrong notes, and then cried in the hallway.
you can actually get books of orchestra excerpts. try finding one for your instrument and practice sight reading on your own. it really helped me. also some general tips:
-look at the time signature and count a measure before you play
-look at the key signature and scout for where the sharps or flats appear in the music
-always be counting
-be calm. stopping and restarting is more nerve-wracking than making a minor mistake and continuing like nothing happened
-did I mention counting? because rhythm is more important than intonation