These Q&A tips should help answer some of your questions about preparing an audition for a 2017 Kinhaven program.
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.
Scales are not required.
We do not require piano accompaniment.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
A short introduction of yourself and your repertoire is appreciated. No extensive autobiographies, please.
No. Please send us two separate recordings. We treat each applicant separately.
Because we often send your recording to Kinhaven’s faculty member who teaches your instrument, we require separate recordings for separate instruments.
We will return it if you supply a package, addressed and stamped.
This isn’t necessary.