Senior Session – Application Details

Application Steps:

1. Complete an online application

2. When you’re ready, upload audition materials to any preferred cloud-based platform (YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, etc.)

3. Submit the links to your videos here:

Please do not send recordings as attachments; we won’t be able to open them!

Audition FAQs

What should I prepare for my recording?

We would like applicants to play five-to-ten minutes worth of music that is representative of your playing. Prepare selections that you can play with confidence, avoiding ones that are too challenging or too new to demonstrate your abilities.

Selections may be from a single work or multiple pieces/etudes. If you perform a slow section of music, also perform a section with contrasting tempo.

How old can my recording be?

Recordings should not be more than 6 months old.

When is my recording due?

For the Regular Admissions Period (12/1-2/28): All recordings are due by March 1st
For the Final Admissions Period (3/1 and beyond): Submit all recordings ASAP

Should I perform with an accompanist?

You may audition in whichever setting (accompanied or unaccompanied) you are most comfortable. We do not require piano accompaniment.

Should I include scales?

Scales will not be assessed, so please do not include them with your video-recorded audition.

May I play a duet with my teacher, or with another student?

We require a solo selection, so duets (with the same instrument) are not acceptable. However, you may submit a chamber music recording – in addition to your solo recordings – if you would like to.

Should I talk on my recording?

Introductions are not required. If you would like to introduce yourself briefly before playing, that is acceptable. No extensive autobiographies, please.

What about quality of recording?

We do not expect professional level recordings, and our faculty’s trained ears can forgive home-style fidelity. However, be sure to watch all of your video so that you can be sure that it is flattering, and that elements such as vibrato are apparent.

If possible, listen to your video recordings with your teacher before submitting them.

If my sister or brother is also auditioning, can we use the same recording?

No, kindly send us two separate recordings. We will treat each applicant separately.

If I am auditioning on more than one instrument, can I put both on the same recording?

Because we will circulate your recording among the faculty members who teach your instrument, we require separate recordings for separate instruments.