Playing Drums

PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

(Google Class for uploading audition files is available from June 8th.)

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

TIPS FOR A GREAT VIDEO AUDITION

In the interest of social distancing and keeping  everyone safe and healthy,

TVYO will be holding  video auditions for our upcoming 2021-2022 season.  

We know that auditioning in general is a newer  experience for many of our students, and video  

auditions may feel like completely uncharted  territory. Auditioning virtually doesn’t have to be  

scary, though, and we’ve put together some helpful  tips to help you prepare.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR A VIDEO AUDITION

• Quiet space  

• Music stand/something to put your music on  

• Music you plan to record  

• Video recording device  

• Your instrument!

RECORDING DEVICES

You can record yourself using a wide range of devices—video  camera, laptop, or webcam on your desktop computer.

The  simplest, though, is usually to just use a smartphone. Many  phones have excellent video and audio quality that are more  than acceptable for your video audition. No need to get fancy,  just a decent recording of your playing.

WHERE TO RECORD

An important part of recording a good audition video is preparing  your recording space. Some things to keep in mind when picking a  space to record:  

 

Try to pick the largest space available to you, like a living  room or dining room. 

 

Choose a time when the space will be quiet for at least an  hour. Since you’ll most likely be recording your video at home,  so it’s a good idea to talk with your family ahead of time and  pick a time when things will be relatively quiet.  

 

Consider making a sign to remind your family that you’re  recording so that they don’t interrupt. This will help remind them  that you’re doing important work!  

 

Make sure the room you record in is tidy and has minimal  distractions. Cleaning up the space will help prepare you to  perform well and will also give your audition judge a more  professional impression. 

 

Ensure that the room is well-lit. You need to see your music  and the judges need to see you! Turn on lamps (bring in extras  from another room, if necessary). Avoid back-lighting (where a  bright light source behind you turns you into a silhouette on  camera) by placing bright lights/windows behind the camera,  not behind you.

SET UP THE DEVICE

Once you’ve settled on a time and place to record, you need to  set up your recording device. Make sure that your camera/ phone is resting on a stable surface—you don’t want to ruin a  great take with a falling camera! If you don’t have a phone  tripod, don’t worry—most people don’t. Just get creative. You  can use books, or pillows, or even another music stand to prop  up your device and make sure you’re getting the right shot.  

Try to place your recording device at least 8-10 feet away for  better audio quality. If that’s not possible in your space, place it  as far as away as you can.  

If you are using your phone, remember to record with the  forward facing (not the selfie) camera and turn the phone so it’s  in landscape (wide) orientation. 

Whether you are sitting or standing, your entire body  should be included in the shot. This helps the judges assess  your technique and posture. For the purposes of the audition,  you want to make sure that the judges can see everything that  you’re doing.

TEST IT OUT

Before doing your official recording, you’ll want to do a test to  make sure that everything is working. Record a short video of you  playing a section of your music, preferably a louder section, then  watch the video back, checking to make sure everything looks  good and—more importantly—sounds good!  

Depending on what device you are using, you may be able to  adjust audio or video settings to best suit the recording  environment. Try moving the device around the room too see if a  certain spot or distance from the camera sounds better.

SOME FINAL ADVICE

As you prep for a video audition, keep in mind that the  

impression you leave the judges matters just as much as if you  were doing a live, in-person audition. Dress professionally and  sound your best. Like an audition, give yourself the space to  make a mistake here and there. We aren’t looking for  

perfection—we are looking for musicality and potential.

Good Luck!