Pre-screening videos must be submitted with your application by December 1st.

Orchestral Conducting

  • 3-4 excerpts, each 2-3 minutes in length, of contrasting standard repertoire demonstrating a variety of styles and tempi.
  • The camera should be placed at the back of the orchestra with the focus on the front of the conductor.
  • A full-size orchestra is not required; a quintet with piano would suffice, for example.
  • Appropriate dress is expected.

If you pass the pre-screening, you will be invited to audition with orchestra at Peabody.

Wind Conducting

  • Selections from the standard Wind Ensemble/Chamber Winds repertoire is preferred.
  • The conductor should be recorded from the front so that their eyes, face, hands, gestures and posture are all clearly seen. Please no videos filmed from the conductor’s back.
  • Total length of video: 15-20 minutes recommended; 30 minutes maximum.
  • The video should be from recent conducting work (within the past two years).
  • The subject should be shown rehearsing for part of the video and performing for the remainder.
    • Suggested time allocation: 1/2 rehearsal, 1/2 performance. The performance component should be just that, a complete run of a composition or movement.
  • The chosen excerpts should include a variety of musical styles as well as some technically challenging passages.
  • The video should be accompanied by a word document including:
    • The conductor’s name, the repertoire, the date, and location of the selected rehearsals and performances, and the ensembles conducted.
    • A brief description of the type of ensemble (e.g. student, community, semi-professional, workshop, etc.)
    • For the rehearsal portion of the recording, please include where the recording was made in the rehearsal sequence. For example, this was the third rehearsal in a sequence of six rehearsals.
  • Lighting should be adequate and the microphone should optimally be placed in front of the ensemble, if possible, in order to get a good 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 the rehearsal component of the recording, the microphone should be place near the podium so that the rehearsing conductor’s comments and instructions are clearly heard.

Learn more about Pre-Screening


Applicants who pass the pre-screening round will be invited to audition at Peabody. Audition requirements are as follows:

Orchestral Conducting

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1 – exposition of mvmts I and IV
  • Mozart: Magic Flute Overture – opening
  • Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra – mvmt I, opening to #102

Wind Conducting

  • Interview: Stravinsky’s Octet
  • Audition with the Peabody Wind Ensemble: Paul Dooley’s Masks and Machines