2017 Audition Information

Please play 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.

Audition Dates

Kinhaven is happy to schedule applicants for Summer 2017 at the following venues:

For Senior Session:

February 4th – Boston, MA at the New England Conservatory
February 18th – New York, NY at the Mannes College of Music
February 25th – New York, NY at the Manhattan School of Music
February 27th – Tenafly, NJ at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music

For Junior Session:

February 4th – Boston, MA at the New England Conservatory
February 11th – West Hartford, CT at the Hartt School of Music
February 13th – Tenafly, NJ at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music
February 18th – New York, NY at the Mannes College of Music

Please email to schedule your live audition.

Applicants may also submit a recorded audition following the format below.

Recorded Auditions

After January 1st, please upload a video recording of your audition with an unlisted privacy setting to YouTube or Vimeo, and send links by email to Please be sure to include your full name in the video title.

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.

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

Audition FAQs

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.

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 CD or DVD recording back?

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