Video Recording Instructions:
Regional and National Student Auditions
You should record your video in the spirit of a live audition or recital performance. You may record in a home, school, church, synagogue, recital hall, rehearsal room, or voice studio with good natural acoustics with or without an audience. You should dress professionally, as you would for a recital or live audition.
- You should record a separate unedited video for each selection on your repertoire list.
- Your camera should record from a fixed position as if three adjudicators were seated in front of you.
- You should face straight forward to the camera as you would appear to adjudicators in a live audition.
- Your video recordings must clearly show your face and most of your upper body.
- You must sing with a live accompanist, who is not your teacher, in your video entries.
- If the room is too small to show both you and your accompanist at the same time, pan the camera before you perform to show your accompanist in one of your video selections.
- Accompanists must play from legal publications that are compliant with the NATS Copyright Policy.
- The accompanist may use a page turner who is not the singer’s teacher.
Due to the unprecedented nature of the times in which we find ourselves, with growing travel restrictions, school closings (and/or transitions to online instruction), and wide-spread health concerns, we know it will be nearly impossible for many to meet and record videos with live accompanists during this time. Therefore, during this crisis NATS will allow students 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 piano only. 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 at https://www.nats.org/NSA_-_You_Tube_Round_Video_Submissions.html will apply and must be followed.
- Introduce each selection at the beginning of the video. I will sing—Title of Composition---by—Composer—and if appropriate—from---Title of Work. The identity of your teacher, school and region should not be revealed.
- You must perform each of your selections from memory on your recording.
Preparing the YouTube Video
- Please note that you must select "public" or "unlisted" in the Privacy settings found under the broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file to YouTube.
- If you select "private," adjudicators will not be able to access your submission(s).
- In the application, provide the web link/address for each video that corresponds to the appropriate repertoire selection – either 3, 4, or 5 total selections, depending on your national or regional category.
- Please double check the links you provide for each video before submitting your application.
The following video problems would make them invalid.
- Videos revealing the teacher’s identity, the region of the singer, or the school they attend.
- Videos with “private’ sharing options (see above).
- Videos that pan and zoom during performances.
- Videos using additional recording equipment other than the camera.
- Videos that are digitally altered.