Recommendations for a successful audition video

Recommendations for a successful audition video

Be sure to read Audition Guidelines before recording your audition video

At MYS our goal is to make auditions as friendly and stress-free as possible. Auditions are a way to place you in the group that will give you the best musical training possible. Here are some suggestions on how to make the best possible video for your audition.

1. Select a good space. Avoid spaces that are too small, cramped or messy. Look for a place with good acoustics (avoid too dry or too boomy). Also, look for places where there is relative silence. Turn off the TV, silence your phone and leave pets out of the room.

2. Dress appropriately. No need to wear formal clothes, but make sure you’re presentable for the judges who will be watching. “Smart-casual” or “business-casual” should do it.

3. It’s OK to use your smartphone to record your audition. You don’t need professional equipment. Feel free to use whichever video orientation makes sense for your instrument and room setup (horizontal or vertical videos). We want to be able to see as much of you and your instrument as possible.

4. Leave enough distance between yourself and the camera, so that a reasonable posture is appreciated on screen: If you’re standing, you should be seen at least from the waist up. If you’re sitting, your entire posture should be in the frame.

5. Say your name and instrument clearly before beginning to play.

6. Record your audition in the order given, without any edits, and all in one take. Auditions in a different order, with cuts/edits, or incomplete auditions may not be considered. Auditions should be recorded without accompaniment.

7. Please refrain from adding titles, any material which is not requested, or saying anything about yourself besides what is requested in point 5.


Do not leave it for the last minute!!!!! You’ll thank yourself later.