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Now that we've concluded our prescreening round, I'd like to revisit this discussion. As everyone here well knows, the senior year of high school is so stressful for talented musicians. We want to increase access and make the process as easy as possible. For various reasons, we have opted to prescreen for every instrument. We prefer the DVD format but still allow CDs--and I know at least CIM (for violin) and Colburn (for everything) require DVD. This is only to see if someone's in the ballpark for a live audition, and so the equalizing that occurs with the HandyCam/Mini-DV format doesn't bother us too much, especially when weighed against the benefit from seeing how an individual is set up in terms of hands, posture, bow arm, etc. (Various instruments sound different seated than standing--it's nice to know which).
Right now we are happy to accept a prescreening recording in a variety of formats--DVD, CD, and even an MP3 upload. We also ended up advancing two applicants based on their YouTube channels. Should we go ahead and make the DVD required for next year, or is it better to grant applicants flexibility?
Also, what do you all feel about some kind of central website for all music school auditions? (Perhaps one exists that I'm unaware of.) I'm discussing this with our web services people...some kind of site like newyorkauditions.com or yaptracker but nationwide. Participating schools could all link to the page. Just a thought I wanted to put out there.