Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic we are asking all of our applicants for the 2021-2022 season to submit a video audition.

Please record your audition in a quiet, well lit space with your camera set up four to six feet away from you. You and your instrument must be visible in the recording. Violin example. Cello Example.

For those auditioning for an orchestra or wind ensemble: Please record your audition in the following order

1. Scales (number and type vary.  See auditions requirements for specifics)

2. Orchestral excerpts (if needed) in the order listed on the excerpts.

3. Solo of your choice, with no accompinst. Please limit the solo to between 2 and 5 minutes.

 

The full audition requirements for the orchestral program can be found here.

 

For those auditioning for a jazz ensemble: Please refer to the jazz audition requirements

 

The entirety of your audition should be recorded in one single, unedited video

Please upload your video to YouTube and title it Student Name” “Instrument” GDYO Audition. Then mark it as either “Public” or “Unlisted” and submit the URL using the form below. Do not mark as “Private”

We will have results out no later than May 31.

2021-2022 GDYO Audition Video Submission Deadlines

Brass and WoodwindMarch 30
PercussionExtended to April 30
String and HarpApril 15
JazzApril 30

Tips for making a good audition video

  • You do not need to book a concert hall or large space. Recording can be done at your house, teacher’s house, your church, etc. Just make sure you are in a well-lit, un-cluttered, quiet space.
    Also don’t have a ceiling fan running above you, it makes the image flicker and is distracting.
  • You don’t need to hire a recording engineer, but if you are using your phone an external microphone is recommended.
  • Position the camera so it captures all of you and your instrument. The camera should remain stationary the whole time. No zooming in and out, etc.
  • Make sure camera captures all of you and your instrument correctly.  Some computers have a “mirror mode” setting that flips your image.  Make sure that is turned off so the conductors don’t think you are playing your instrument backwards.
  • Do not make edits to your performance. If you make a mistake you either need to re-record the whole thing or live with it.  You can’t just re-record 2 measures in the middle of the piece.  That is an automatic disqualification. 
  • Dress appropriately. You don’t have to be in full concert dress, but sweat pants and a tank top don’t convey the image of professionalism you want. Think dressy casual.
  • No need to introduce yourself nor composer/title before the performance, that will be in the form you fill out when submitting your recording. 
  • Watch and listen the recorded video before uploading. It is very obvious when people don’t do this.

If you do not have a YouTube account, here is how to create one and upload your video.

Go to YouTube.com and click ‘sign in’ in the top right corner of the page and log in to your Google account

Once there click on your google account icon and select “Create a Channel”

You may set up your channel as you choose, or simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Set up later”

Once your page is created, simply click on the button that says. “Upload Video”

Please follow the instructions to upload and title your video:

STUDENT NAME INSTRUMENT GDYO Audition

Please list the video as either Public or Unlisted and copy and paste the link onto the form above.

Do not list video as private as the link will be shared with more than one conductor.

Do not forget to hit save to complete the process.

If you don’t already have a Google account set up, you’ll need to create one before you get started on YouTube. To do this, simply follow these steps:

  1. Head to YouTube.com
  2. Click ‘Sign In’
  3. Now, choose the option to create a Google account
  4. Follow the steps to create your Google account

Now, you’re all set up with a Google account and can create a YouTube Channel to upload your video.