Video Requirements and Tips

If you are unable to submit a video audition, please complete the registration process and check the box at the end of the registration form that indicates you need an alternate way to audition.

Part 2: Video Requirements and Tips

Be sure to read Part 1: Audition Requirements before recording your audition video

At PSE our goal is to make auditions as friendly and stress-free as possible. Here are some suggestions on how to make the best 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. Record videos in a direction that makes sense. It’s OK to use your smartphone to record your audition. Make sure you use the camera direction that makes the most sense for your instrument. For example, violins, violas, flutes etc should record horizontal videos and cellos, basses, clarinets etc should record 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.


Listen to recordings of your piece!! It’s crucial that you know the tempos and style for what you’re playing. It’s very obvious if you’re playing your audition materials without knowing the context.

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