Online Audition and Interview FAQs
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No, but we do strongly encourage applicants to connect to the internet using one. While Wi-Fi is great, an ethernet connection typically ensures the best possible internet connection.
We will allow you to retake the internet speed test a few times to make sure we're getting an accurate reading from you. If we are unable to schedule you due to those results, we will find another audition option for you.
We conduct online auditions and interviews via Zoom.
The week of your audition, you will receive an email with detailed instructions about logging in for your online audition, which will include a link to the online audition and interview lobby. Once you're logged in, use the chat feature to connect with an admissions staff member who will send you links to your audition and interview rooms.
The audition and interview meeting start time indicates the time that the audition event starts. You should join the Zoom meeting at the specific time slot listed in your application portal.
For the audition, the optimal setup includes headphones and a separate external microphone, but please make sure your setup works with Zoom so that we can clearly hear and see you. For the interview, we recommend using headphones with a built-in microphone.
The faculty member(s) conducting your audition will share their screen so you can view the sight-reading material for your instrument. They will give you a moment to review it and make any adjustments to its size on your screen.
The faculty member(s) conducting your audition will share links to audio tracks that you will be asked to play. This will allow them to hear both your performance and the play-along track at the same time, and eliminate any latency.
We suggest using the microphone that is built in to your computer as multiple microphones may overload the system and cause your audio to cut out. If you do opt for using external microphones, please make sure they're compatible with the Zoom platform and you know how to connect them as your main audio source prior to the audition beginning.