All conducting applicants must submit a prescreening recording by December 1 showing the applicant conducting a live ensemble as outlined below. Please refer to the recording guidelines section of our general Audition Requirements page for information about uploading your prescreening files to our online audition portal at DecisionDesk.
- The video should show the applicant’s recent work and the applicant should be clearly visible.
- Please include the applicant’s name, ensemble conducted, date recorded, and repertoire performed.
- Please submit separate video files for each work/section.
Note: Conducting applicants who are not native speakers of English will not be eligible for a live audition invitation unless they have submitted an official TOEFL score report showing a passing score by December 1.
The prescreening submission should be between 15 and 30 minutes in length and include at least three works (or excerpts of works) in contrasting styles.
- At least one work should be from the standard repertoire.
- At least one work should show a rehearsal and performance of the same work with the same ensemble.
Selected applicants will be invited to NEC for an examination and interview with Hugh Wolff, and will audition in front of a live orchestra. Repertoire for this audition will be determined at least one month prior.
The prescreening submission should be between 15 and 20 minutes in length and should include both rehearsal and performance footage in which the applicant is visible. All of the rehearsal footage should show a frontal view of the applicant; performance footage should also include a frontal view of the applicant.
After review, selected applicants will be invited to NEC for an examination and interview with faculty, and will audition in front of a live ensemble.