2017 Audition Requirements

These Q&A tips should help answer some of your questions about preparing an audition for a 2017 Kinhaven program.

What piece should I play?

We would like to hear 5 to 10 minutes of a piece that is representative of your playing.  This can come from a single work, or selections from multiple pieces or etudes.

Play what you are confident about and familiar with, and avoid auditioning with a piece that is new to you.

*If submitting a recording, recordings should not be more than 6 months old.

**If you plan to play a slow piece, be sure to also include a piece with contrasting tempo.

Should I include scales?

Scales are not required.

Should I play with piano?

We do not require piano accompaniment.

Should I play a duet with my teacher or with another student?

We require a solo selection. Duets with the same instruments are not acceptable, however (if sending a recording) a chamber music selection may be included in addition to your solo recording.

How do I submit a recording?

After January 1st, please upload a video recording of your audition with an *UNLISTED* privacy setting to YouTube/Vimeo/Dropbox/GoogleDrive/etc., and send links by email to

Please be sure to have already completed an online application before submitting your audition recording, and do not attach audio or video files directly to your email. Our technological infrastructure is not designed to accept large attachments.

If you choose to submit a CD or DVD, please mail in a padded envelope to the address associated with the session for which you are auditioning.

What kind of recording?

We prefer video recordings that can be uploaded with an *UNLISTED* privacy setting to YouTube/Vimeo/Dropbox/GoogleDrive/etc.

After January 1st, students who have completed our free online application can send links to these recordings by email to  Please do not attach audio or video files directly to your email.

We also accept CDs and DVDs, again preferring video recordings (DVDs) because they allow us to see you playing your instrument.

What about quality of recording?

Our trained ears can forgive home-style fidelity; we do not expect professional level recordings. However, be sure that you listen to or watch all of it so that you can be sure that it is flattering and that elements such as vibrato are apparent.

If possible, listen to it with your teacher.

Should I talk on my recording?

A short introduction of yourself and your repertoire is appreciated. No extensive autobiographies, please.

If my sister or brother is also auditioning, can we use the same recording?

No. Please send us two separate recordings. We treat each applicant separately.

If I am auditioning on more than one instrument, can I put both on the same recording?

Because we often send your recording to Kinhaven’s faculty member who teaches your instrument, we require separate recordings for separate instruments.

Will I get my recording back?

We will return it if you supply a package, addressed and stamped.