The departments that require prescreening videos are listed below. All doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants are required to submit a prescreening. Repertoire may vary between prescreening and audition. Audio recordings for voice/instrumental pre-screening are no longer accepted. Composition applicants may use audio recordings for their compositions. MIDI realization are accepted, but live video/audio recordings are highly encouraged (especially for graduate applicants).

Faculty will review prescreening videos in December and decisions will be released on or before Friday, December 22.

See below for recording specifications and tips on how to record your video.

Department Requirements

Recordings Required
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Composition
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Horn
  • Oboe
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Timpani & Percussion (Graduate)
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice

*All doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants must submit prescreening videos.

Recordings Optional
  • Bassoon
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Timpani & Percussion (Undergraduate)
  • Tuba

*All doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants for the following instruments must submit prescreening videos. Please submit at least 30 minutes of audition repertoire.


Accompaniment is required for voice applicants only. You may use piano or a recorded accompaniment.

Recording Specifications and Tips


Acceptable formats:

Video: .3g2, .3gp, .avi, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .mxf, .webm, .wmv. If uploading a .mov, please use an alternate codec.

Audio: .aac, .m4a, .mka, .mp3, .oga, .ogg, .wav

  • Media files should be no larger than 2GB; the limit is 5GB
  • Please use a single, fixed-focus camera (no zooming) that displays a full-body view of you and your instrument
  • You may use home-quality equipment

You must upload your recordings into CIM's online application system. Please do not mail CDs or DVDs, as they will not be accepted. If you experience technical issues, contact the Admissions Office (

Tutorial Video

If you need hints on how to put together a good recording, watch this video with tips and techniques by CIM's Recording Arts and Services Director Alan Bise.