YouTube Round Videos:
National Musical Theatre Competition
Each eligible contestant will receive an email with instructions regarding the submission of videos. If you are planning to submit for the online round you must complete your application by the published deadline date, but you will have approx. 30 days after the deadline date to upload your audition videos - see exact dates published online.
- Singers SHOULD NOT prepare and/or upload their videos in advance of receiving the email notifying you that your repertoire has been approved.
- Please note that you must select "Public" in the Privacy settings found under the broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file to YouTube. If you select "Unlisted" or "Private" your submission will be invalid.
- ALL video links must be uploaded in the same order that your repertoire is listed on your application.
- Please double-check the links you provide.
- The video must clearly show your face. A frozen camera position throughout, showing your face and most of your body, is preferable.
- Singers are required to sing their selections from memory on the competition video entries. If a singer's performance is not memorized, the entry will be disqualified.
- You must sing with a live pianist in your video entry. Note that the quality of the accompanist's playing can affect not only your singing, but also the judging. An accompaniment with many written notes creates a bad impression. The video should be in the spirit of a recital or audition. It may be shot in a home, school, church, synagogue, recital hall, or some other appropriate location, with or without an audience. Please take into account the acoustics of the room. A small room with dead acoustics will not flatter a voice. We encourage you to dress appropriately, as you would for a recital or an audition.
*** Due to the unprecedented nature of the times in which we find ourselves, with travel restrictions, school closings (and/or transitions to online instruction), and wide-spread health concerns due to COVID-19, we know it may be nearly impossible for many to perform or record videos with live accompanists during this time. Therefore, during this crisis, NATS will allow singers to record audition videos using pre-recorded tracks such as found on Appcompanist, Hal Leonard’s Virtual Library, or other similar sources that offer piano-only accompaniments. YouTube Karaoke Tracks are also acceptable, as long as they are NO orchestrated tracks or tracks with other instruments or voices will be acceptable, and would result in disqualification. It will also be acceptable to use tracks that are recorded by your teacher or your pianist (who know you and your interpretation). Additionally, in this extreme circumstance, should student and teacher be in the same location, a teacher may accompany a singer in the recording, but the teacher should not be visible in the recording directly or on any reflected surface (mirror, piano surface, etc.). Please note that this will not be an accepted precedent for future auditions, but is rather an isolated exception necessitated by a highly unusual global crisis. Because of this, videos will not be required to show the pianist. All other guidelines outlined in the video submission guidelines on this page will apply and must be followed.
- Accompanists are forbidden to use photocopies. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original and legal publications. Entries with visible photocopies will be automatically disqualified. Photocopying music is illegal. The purchase of a publication does not grant the right to photocopy for rehearsal or performance with a pianist. The use of LEGALLY downloaded and purchased copies in compliance with the NATS Copyright Policy is allowed. It is assumed that all singers were in compliance with the policy at the time of their region audition and videos should be made as if singers are at a live NATS audition.
Singers are responsible for the accompanist's compliance with this strict rule. We cannot make any exceptions. Pianists must play from original publications, whether this is their preference or not. There is no other choice for this competition. We urge the use of page turners as necessary.