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The following guidelines were produced by the Workshop Committee of the Conductors Guild Board of Directors. These guidelines incorporate the qualities that application reviewers look for in successful audition videos, and they are intended to assist workshop applicants in understanding the major components of a high-quality audition video. Adherence to the following guidelines will not guarantee acceptance into a Conductors Guild workshop or the success of an application to any other workshop or job opening.




  1. The subject should be filmed from the front so that his/her eyes, face, hands, gestures, and posture are all clearly seen. The video should never be filmed from the conductor’s back.
  2. When possible, the selected excerpts should demonstrate the conductor’s technical and artistic versatility. The chosen excerpts should include a variety of musical styles as well as some challenging passages for the conductor.
  3. The application video should be accompanied by information including the conductor’s name, the repertoire, the date and location of the selected rehearsals and performances, and the orchestras and ensembles conducted. A brief description of the type of orchestra or ensemble (e.g.., student, community, semi-professional, workshop, etc.) and the particular stage within the overall rehearsal period should also be included.
  4. Some of this basic information can be included in the video itself, although great care should be taken that such information is not disruptive or distracting to the viewer. Leaders on the video, if included, should be simple and concise.
  5. Lighting must be adequate and the microphone must be placed sensibly, in order to get a decent sense of the overall sound of the ensemble. Ideally, a separate microphone should be used, rather than the built-in microphone on the video camera. For any rehearsal component of a video, that microphone should be place near the podium so that the rehearsing conductor’s comments and instructions are clearly heard.