Audition videos are important. Here are some tips to help you make the best impression:
Audition video files must be single-camera, unedited, continuous live video with live accompaniment (please do not use pre-recorded audio piano tracks). It is acceptable (not required) to sparsely add small, unobtrusive pieces of text to your video (titles of compositions, student name, intended degree plan, and so forth), but please never edit the audio of your audition video. The use of pitch correction plugins in strictly prohibited.
While the use of smartphones is not prohibited, please keep the following points in mind:
Though most smartphone cameras do record high quality video, the audio capabilities are generally very limited; even if the phone is equipped to record in stereo, there is little chance that the audio quality is good enough for an audition video (that said, here is a device that could remedy the audio problem for iPhone users; similar devices likely exist for Android and Windows Phone users).
Smartphones should also be mounted to a tripod or microphone stand (an exampleof a tripod mount). If they are not mounted, they will need to be propped up, balanced, or held by a friend during filming (none of which are great options).
Renting or borrowing quality audio/video equipment
Securing quality recording equipment for your audition video is highly recomended, and can go a long way in helping you put your best foot forward; also with this option, the faculty are likely to get the most accurate picture of your musical strengths.Here is an example of a great piece of "all-in-one" equipment that could work well for an audition or pre-screening video.
Lighting and setting
For the audition video, try to find a space that is well-lit, and, especially if it is a classroom or a similar space normally used for other activities, be sure to clear the area of unnecessary or distracting items like posters and other clutter.
Camera and microphone placement
Please make sure that you and (if applicable) your accompanist are clearly visible and audible in your video. If, for example, you shoot your audition video onstage in a church sanctuary, the camera and microphone should also be onstage or very close to the stage. This is important because our faculty must be able to clearly see and hear you. Please also consider the important technique and/or performance practice elements for your instrument; posture and body language are important for all instruments, and for others (like voice) facial expression is also important. Are these visible in your video?
Proper attire is important, and while "Business casual" is a generally a good place to start when it comes to proper audition attire, many prospective students will dress even more nicely. However, please avoid wearing clothing that is overly stiff or uncomfortable (e.g. heavily-starched shirts or shoes that are not yet broken in), as these can distract you from performing your best.