INSTRUMENTAL AUDITION TIPS FROM TEACHERS

INSTRUMENTAL AUDITION TIPS FROM STUDENTS

  • 2024-2025 Classical Guitar Audition Requirements

     

    Overview

    The Kinder HSPVA Classical Guitar Department is designed for solo and ensemble performance.  The repertoire will come from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern guitar repertoire.  Our goal is to enhance the technical skills, scholarly knowledge, and musical faculties of each of our students to produce the most nurturing and productive guitar performance environment possible.

    The guitar curriculum is designed as a four-year course in music study which will increase musical and technical challenges as the student progresses. 

    The relatively small size of our department allows for a high degree of individual attention and small class sizes (the average guitar class has 6-12 students), which greatly facilitates meaningful learning and instruction.

    Guitar students at HSPVA are strongly encouraged to have a private instructor. Our program does not displace the role of the private instructor, it reinforces it. Should your child have a private instructor, our program seeks to elaborate on the work of the private teacher and to fill in whatever educational gaps the one-hour weekly guitar lesson necessarily produces. The private instructor’s musical interpretation and methods will be respected at all times. If a student does not have a private instructor, the department will work with the student to richly enhance their musical skills and find potential opportunities to connect with private teachers.

    Many of our HSPVA music students choose to go on to pursue their post-high school studies at the most prestigious music schools and conservatories in the country – schools like The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the Moores and Shepherd Schools of Music, among others.  Students post high-school choice of field of study whether it is in music or in another field will always be respected. 

     

    When are auditions and callbacks?

    The first stage of auditions for the 2024-25 school year will be virtual.

    Submissions will be accepted from January 18, 2024 - February 23, 2024.  Each assignment and video will be uploaded individually.  The submission deadline for materials is February 23, 2024.

    Callbacks are by invitation only.  The format of callbacks is TBD.  You will be notified if you have received a callback no later than February 29, 2024.  Callback instructions will be provided to students at that time.  Hold the date of Saturday, March 2, 2024 for a possible in-person callback.

     

    What do I need to prepare?

     

    Part 1:  30-60 second introduction– Brief video introduction of who you are, how long you have been playing and why you are interested in attending Kinder HSPVA’s guitar department

    Part 2:  Make 2 video recordings using only a nylon string classical guitar.  Electric guitar videos and steel string guitar videos will not be accepted. 

    • Introduce yourself at the beginning including your name and the piece you will be playing (name of the piece and composer).
    • Each video should be approximately 60 seconds
    • Audio only recordings will not be accepted.
    • Please choose those 2 pieces from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern guitar repertoire. 
    • Play contrasting pieces for each video (example: 1 video of a S. American excerpt and another video of a Baroque excerpt)
    • You may play a piece (or transcription) written for solo guitar and/or play an ensemble excerpt.  2 solos are fine, 2 ensemble excerpts are fine too.  1 solo and 1 ensemble excerpt are fine.
    • Solo excerpts must be memorized, and you should be looking at the camera or the guitar.  Ensemble excerpts can be played using sheet music.  Sheet music can be on or off camera.
    • Both hands and fingers must be fully visible. 
    • Listen back and be sure the audio is clear.
    • Ensure recording captures good quality image and both hands and fingers are fully visible.
    • Do the best you can for videos.  Professional quality is not necessary.
    • Again, submit each piece in 2 separate videos. 
    • Do not edit within a piece.
    • Do not use special effects, dissolves, fades or wipes.
    • Do not submit pre-recorded live performances, such as recitals, concerts, or competitions.

  • Audition materials for the 2024-25 school year will be accepted at https://app.getacceptd.com/kinderhspva beginning January 18, 2024.  The deadline to submit materials is February 23, 2024. 

    Instructions:

    1. If you have not already created an account with Acceptd, you will need to do that first.  Acceptd is a platform used by some of the best colleges, universities, conservatories, summer programs, and competitions.  This platform is NOT connected with CHOOSEHISD.org and your username and passwords do not need to match.  We suggest that you sign up as a parent, and when adding your student, indicate that the student does NOT have an email account.  If you include your student’s email address, they will need to verify the account before you submit their application.
    2. After creating an account, you’ll need to browse programs and search for “HSPVA” or make sure you are logged in and click HERE
    3. Complete the application and upload materials as directed.

    For technical questions, please visit Acceptd's Applicant Help Desk.