Video Audition Tips

How to Prepare

Classicalia Co-Founder Ella Porett shares some helpful tips on how to make your video audition a success.

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Here are some of the key points:

  • Relax and have fun! We can’t wait to hear you. 
  • Your audition must be video-recorded. You will upload your audition to YouTube, Vimeo, or another streaming platform.
  • You can use your smartphone! No need to use fancy recording equipment. Judges will assess the merits of your performance, not the quality of your submitted video.
  • Test your video and sound. Do you sound clear and without distortion? Try adjusting how far you are from the microphone and test again.
  • Check the light in the room. Placing lights in front of you works best!
  • Keep your camera at a steady angle throughout your performance. 
  • Record your performance in one continuous take. Think you can do better? Re-record! 
  • Need accompaniment? You can use live or pre-recorded. 
  • Do you already have a video recording of your chosen repertoire recorded on or after December 21, 2021? You can use it! 
  • No visual effects or editing that would distract from your performance, please.
  • You’ll need to memorize your chosen repertoire.
  • There is no time limit (minimum or maximum) for your submission.
  • You'll need a different piece for each Round (in other words, if you proceed past Round 1, your submission for Round 2 will need to be different).
  • One piece or excerpt from a multi-movement work per submission please (choose only one piece in your repertoire; you may not submit more than one work).
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