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Recordings should be made in your home

Professional recordings or past recital footage will not be accepted. The quality of your recording will not affect your placement.


Camera Placement

Please record in landscape.  Record in a well-lit area in your home.  Make sure there is proper front lighting so your face is clear. You should be able to see your instrument and full range of motion in the picture at all times. Be certain you are not in mirror image.


Video Formats

Video files will be uploaded to our website; you will receive the link after registering and paying your non-refundable fee.

We recommend using a format and resolution that is consistent with high-quality internet video.

We ask that you upload your video to a service that will allow you to share a link to the file with us.  Some recommendations include:

  • Google Drive (directions for uploading and sharing; ensure 'anyone with link' can access the file)

  • Dropbox (directions for uploading and sharing)

  • YouTube (directions for uploading; make sure it is marked as 'Unlisted')

Alternatively, you can use another service, just as long as you can obtain a shareable link to your video.


Before recording, test your audio and camera placement. Play your loudest and softest passages to be sure you can be heard without distortion. An external microphone is recommended, but not required.  Brass players should be sure to point the bell away from the microphone.


Musicians should wear appropriate clothing. Please treat your video audition as if it were a LIVE audition.


At the beginning of your recording, please state your name and the orchestra for which you are auditioning. Perform your required audition pieces in this order:


  1. Scales

  2. Etude/Technical Demonstration (if required)

  3. Prepared Excerpts

Record all of your pieces in a single take.

After Recording

REVIEW your recording to make sure it is your best playing.  You may want to send it to your private instructor or another musician before submitting.

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