Originally Posted by 2manyrocks
The students at my daughter's school are in regional competition all this week, and every one of them has to introduce himself or herself to the panel of judges.
I would think that that expectation is that the student introduce himself or herself on the video.
We had a guest pastor from Africa speak in Middle Tennessee, USA about two years ago. He spent 5 minutes giving a greeting on behalf of himself, his family and his congregation in Africa. Western civilization may have downplayed the importance of a greeting, but in some areas of the world, it's still very much a big deal.
I'm sorry, this is not about etiquette, culture or anything else.
Simple, I'm a lecture that every year has to listen to 300-400 audition submission video's to see if they actually get invited for a full audition in front of the panel.
It's a necessary process as having a panel of senior members of the faculty taking possibly several days out of their schedule to listen to potential students costs us in terms of time and money.
The video posted earlier here, has introduction by the singer and then the piano for over 20 seconds before she sings. If it is terribly out of tune warbeling that obviously isn't good it's a waste of resources. I would respectfully suggest that 20 seconds of actual performance is usually more than enough to make a valid judgement on someone's potential ability.
Having worked in this business for getting towards 35 years, I can honestly say that I've met people who can barely string a sentence together, who are none the less wonderful musicians, equally I know extremely confident, erudite individuals that couldn't hold a tune if their life depended on it.
Typically I've seen many occasions where music teachers have convinced themselves that the panel hates red or patterned ties, brown shoes, long hair, etc, etc.
Having a visiting Pastor introduce himself may have well been very entertaining and informing and entirely appropriate, having 300 people come in one after the other and say the same thing would be less so. They will have this opportunitiy when (and if) the time comes for the real audition.
To Thomas, I agree that the piano balance might well be a little loud, however, this demonstrates that perhaps she lacks a little power and projection, artificially balancing it would be of little real worth, after all this tape is for pre audition purposes.