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Given the prolonged shutdowns, this year’s Academy juries will be conducted online via video recordings.  Review the following guidelines and procedures before recording.

Accompaniment is not expected.

  • If you are in isolation with a qualified accompanist, you may include them in your recording. You may not have an accompanist come to you nor may you go to an accompanist for your recording – please continue to follow government guidelines on isolation.
  • If you have a recording of the accompaniment, you may use it.
  • In either of the above scenarios, please approve with your teacher beforehand.
  • When recording without an accompanist, include rests. However, if there are sections with multiple measures of rest, you may rest just one measure instead.

 Repertoire must be approved by your private teacher. 

  • Jury repertoire requirements for each instrument will remain the same.
  • If your teacher believes that any of your rep is too difficult to perform without accompaniment, they may update your rep to better accommodate the solo nature of this year's juries.
  • There is no need to notify the office of rep changes.
  • Adjudicators may review only portions of the video in order to approximate a 15-minute jury.

Jury video submission deadline is May 8, 11:59pm.

  • Through this online submission portal, you will be able to upload your video or include a link to an online video (e.g. YouTube), whichever you prefer.
  • Video does not need to be professionally recorded, however sound and picture quality should be clear and steady.
  • Your video must be an uncut performance – edited videos will not be accepted.
  • You may submit a separate video for each work, though they must be recorded close together in one day in order to better approximate a live jury.
  • Do record the entire movement/work so that adjudicators may jump to any section they like.
  • Video must be new and recorded for this jury – videos recorded previously for other purposes will not be accepted.
  • The video should show your head and body at least from the waist up.
  • When angling the camera, ensure that there is a clear view of the body parts integral to your instrument. (Pianists: Ensure entire keyboard is visible).
  • Video must not have titles or any other added text.
  • Remember to present yourself in the recording as you would in a live jury.
  • Video must not exceed 4 GB per media file in order to be uploaded into the application. If your files are larger in size, Acceptd suggests converting/compressing the file. A good program to do this is Handbrake. See Acceptd's video tutorial on using Handbrake.