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We are not looking for perfection but we are looking for artistry. If you are nominated, we assume you are talented.  Use this opportunity to show us what you are trying to explore/create/convey as an artist.​ 

For PERFORMING:  The video may be of one piece or a montage of a variety of pieces. ​

Your video may include solos and/or performing with a group.  If performing with a group, it should be obvious who we should be watching/listening to.

FOR JAZZ PERFORMERS:  It is important that you highlight your ability to improvise.



Conducting is not offered as a primary specialty, however, a conducting video may be submitted as a secondary component.


For CONDUCTING:  The video may be of one one piece or a variety of pieces.  These may be recorded for this application or clips from prior performances. 



These videos should be similar to a video that you would submit for a college or professional audition. 

  • Perform at least one (1) piece which represents your primary specialty (i.e. the specialty in which you were nominated.) You may submit more than one piece.

  • The video may be a total of four (4) minutes.

  • Audio only recordings will not be accepted.​

  • We STRONGLY DISCOURAGE submitting clips from a live performance (a show with an audience). These videos you usually do not have a clear sound quality. Plus, the audience reactions are distracting.​ 

  • IF you choose to submit a performance video, it should be clear who you are in the video AND we should be able to clearly hear you playing your instrument.

  • Don't forget to "slate" your work (introduce yourself and each piece that you will be performing). This can be done verbally and/or with titles on the video. 

NOTE: You will not be disqualified if your video is longer than four minutes, so don't worry about being EXACT in hitting the four minute mark. HOWEVER, because is likely the judges will be viewing over 100 videos, it is likely they will stop watching after four minutes.



The online application has space for two (2) additional links for videos to showcase your talents BEYOND your primary specialty.


You should NOT use this space to submit additional videos of your primary specialty. 




Upload videos to 


Vimeo   - or -  YouTube

then, provide the link to the uploaded video in the online application.


No passwords/private sites.

We will not accept links to videos that are stored in a Dropbox, Google Drive, or other source that requires a special video player.

Remember, you want the video to be EASY to view.  If the judges have trouble seeing your work, they will not take the time to figure it out and will move on without evaluating you.


  • Don't worry about having high production values.  Simple videos that allow us to see your work are fine.


  • Videos should frame the student, at the very least, from the waist up. Full length is preferred. Remember, you perform with your whole body, not just your face.

  • Videos should be shot in a neutral environment. Also, please make sure that the sound and picture is clear. ​