These videos should be similar to a video that you would submit for a college or professional audition.
Perform at least two (2) pieces which represent your primary specialty (i.e. the specialty in which you were nominated.)
Both pieces should be submitted on one (1) video.
The video may be a total of four (4) minutes. 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.
We must see you playing your instrument. Audio only recordings will NOT be accepted.
FOR JAZZ PERFORMERS: It is important that you highlight your ability to improvise.
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 decide to submit a video from a live performance, 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.
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.
The online application has space for two (2) additional links for videos to showcase your talents BEYOND your primary specialty.
You should NOT use these links to submit additional videos of your primary specialty.
Showcasing CONDUCTING (optional): Samples of conducting may be submitted as a secondary link. 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.
** No passwords/privacy settings. **
When we click on the link to your video, it should open directly without needing a password nor a special video player.
We suggest uploading videos to
- or - Google Drive
then, provide the link to the uploaded video in the online application.
Do not assume that viewers will have a specialized video player if one is needed for your video.
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 you playing 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.
Below are strong examples of how you frame your performances on your videos.