Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

Excellence, Creativity & Equity

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Video Performance Requirements

  • Applicants are to identify themselves at the beginning of their video
  • Record a 2 minute video of a live performance for vocal and/or instrument
  • Applicants may include a second instrument in addition to the one registered but the total recording time of the performance must not be more than two minutes
  • All performances will be unaccompanied unless the applicant is accompanying themselves (for example a vocal performance where an applicant sings and plays guitar or piano in a single live take)
  • Performance presentation together with instrumental and vocal capabilities will also be considered
  • Vocal performances may be acapella (unaccompanied) or if accompanied, the vocal part must be clearly audiable
  • Ensure audio quality of the video is clear
  • Record your audition in a room with neutral acoustics (not a large hall or outside)
  • Applicants should be dressed in appropriate attire (please see below)
  • Applicants full body must be fully visible in the video at all times

Remember to review the video before uploading to the Application Form and ensure that it is appropriate for audition.

Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • Technique, including intonation, rhythmic accuracy and general technical ability
  • Dynamics and expressive techniques including phrasing and articulation
  • Stylistic understanding appropriate to the piece performed
  • Creative ability and musical potential

Instrumental Applicants

Perform a piece of music (2 minutes long demonstrating technical ability and personal expression).

Vocal Applicants

Perform a short prepared song (maximum of 2 mins long demonstrating technical ability and personal expression)


Appropriate attire for performance