Student applying for admission to a graduate program in piano, collaborative piano, voice, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass) or conducting are required to submit a screening video by the application deadline, December 1st. Applicants must pass the screening round in order to be invited to a live audition.
Screening Submission Guidlines
- Videos must be submitted via the online submission form* by December 1st.
- Screening videos must be made within past 12 months and adhere to the instrumental repertoire requirements outlined below. Applicants may use the same selections again for the live audition, provided the selections meet the audition repertoire requirements.
- Each selection must be performed from beginning to end in one take. No editing is permitted.
- Videos should be submitted as online videos using YouTube, Vimeo, or another online video platform that does not require downloading to view. Password-protected videos will not be considered. We recommend ensuring your videos are unlisted with the comments turned off. Applicants are responsible for the playability of the screening video and accuracy of the URL address.
*NOTE: International students applying from countries with high internet censorship are permitted and advised to submit a DVD copy of their recorded audition in lieu of an online video. The clearly labeled DVD must arrive at the following address no later than the application deadline: Music Admissions Office, 200A Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street S, Minneapolis MN 55455, USA. See more information for international School of Music applicants.
Preliminary recordings for all applicants should include the following repertoire, all performed from memory:
- At least one movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
- At lease one additional work or movement in a contrasting style
Collaborative Piano & Coaching
For the prescreening video, please perform two contrasting collaborative piano works with partners. These prescreening performances are not necessarily restricted to the audition repertoire. Please contact Timothy Lovelace at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding prescreening and audition repertoire.
Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass)
Preliminary recordings for all applicants should include two selections (of contrasting style and techniques), one of which must be memorized. For example: exposition of a concerto and a movement from the Bach’s or other solo piece or Etude.
Screening videos for graduate voice applicants should include the following repertoire, all performed from memory:
- Four selections from the classical vocal repertoire. One selection may be an opera or oratorio area and one selection must be in English. Repertoire should demonstrate facility in various languages and periods of classical vocal composition.
- At the beginning of the video, each applicant must clearly speak their name, voice type, degree objective, state of residence, grade point average, TOEFL* score, and titles of selections with composers' names. (*The TOEFL is an English language proficiency exam required of international applicants).
- All vocal selections must be accompanied by a piano, chamber ensemble or orchestra. No accompaniment with electronic piano or CD will be considered.
- Links to screening videos on YouTube must be accompanied by information indicating the candidate’s name, degree objective, state of residence, and titles of selections with composer’s names.
- Video content may contain material taken from either a rehearsal or a performance. All videos must be recorded from the front so that face, hands, gestures, and posture are clearly visible. Do not submit a video filmed from behind the conductor.
- The recording must be recent (made within the past 12 months) and must be playable on YouTube with a recommended length of 15–20 minutes; 30 minutes maximum.
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