YouTube Round Videos:
National Student Auditions

Each eligible contestant will receive an email with instructions regarding the preparation and submission of videos.

  1. Singers should prepare a separate unedited video for each song on their repertoire list. In the application, you will be providing the web link/address for each video that corresponds with the appropriate repertoire piece – either 3 or 4 total repertoire pieces, depending on your national category. Please double check the links you provide for each repertoire selection.

  2. 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.

  3. The video must clearly show your face. A frozen camera position throughout, showing your face and most of your body, is preferable.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

**The video should mimic a live performance for judges at an audition.  The pianist and most of the body of the singer should be shown.  No lighting or special sound effects are needed.

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