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Arts Supplement FAQ

This page features Frequently Asked Questions about the Stanford Arts Supplement process.  Please read through the questions carefully.  If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.

General Arts Supplement Questions:

What is an Arts Supplement?

An Arts Supplement is a way for students to highlight their talents and accomplishments in the fine arts or performing arts. Stanford applicants with serious interest or background in music, musical performance, or composition may choose to supplement his or her admission application with an audition in music. Auditions are limited to 10 minutes of playing time and must be uploaded via the SlideRoom app from Common App. Recordings may reside on an external site such as Youtube or Vimeo, and can be submitted by posting a hyperlink to the online audition. All recorded submissions must be video recorded. No audio only submissions will be reviewed. Due to limited availability, we can only schedule one live audition per applicant

How does an Arts Supplement affect my application for admission?

Arts Supplements are treated as one factor among many in an undergraduate application. These materials are entirely optional and will be reviewed at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the fine arts faculty

What instrument areas are you able to evaluate?

Please reference our evaluation list on our Arts Supplement page.

Are there any repertoire requirements?

Our main requirements for supplement content, regardless of live or recorded submission, is that you will only be allowed to perform for 10 minutes.  We review all supplements that come in completed, and by the appropriate deadlines.  That being said, there are a few areas in which more specific content is highly recommended:

VOCALISTS... Should submit one piece in English, and one in another language.

COMPOSERS... Have no time limit, and should submit 2-3 scores of contrasting style with realizations

Is there a desired format for the musical resume?

Not necessarily.  However, resumes should have a hierarchy of text and a clear organizational structure.  Commonly listed items are: current and previous instructors, notable soloist opportunities, employment related to music, awards and honors, and SELECT repertoire lists.

Is there a preference between Live and Recorded submissions?

No.  Live and recorded auditions are given the same consideration, and are often evaluated by the same faculty.  Benefits of a live audition include meeting a faculty member in person, visiting Stanford and seeing the Braun Music Center's instruments and performance spaces (if attending auditions at Stanford), and can be especially successful for a charismatic student who excels in live performance.  Benefits of a recorded audition include the ability to record multiple takes of a video, and submitting on your own timeline, while abiding to the required deadlines. 

Arts Supplement Recording Questions:

I play more than one instrument.  Can I include multiple instruments on my 10 minute recording?

No. Separate instrument recordings should be submitted as separate files. Applicants are able to submit up to two arts supplements university wide, in the areas of Music, Theater, Dance, or Art Practice. Here in Music, one instrument = one supplement. Different instrument or vocal areas should be submitted as separate supplements. Classical and jazz submissions should be considered separate instrument areas.

For example, an applicant who plays both cello and piano will need to upload:

For cello

  • 10 minute cello video recording (or link to online source).
  • Cello musical résumé.
  • Confidential recommendation from music instructor or a music mentor via SlideRoom.

For piano

  • 10 minute piano video recording (or link to online source).
  • Piano musical résumé.
  • Confidential recommendation from music instructor or a music mentor via SlideRoom.

I would like to play a piece that includes an accompanist.  Am I required to have an accompanist?

Yes, you are welcome to have an accompanist on your recording.  However, your recording should feature YOUR audio and visual performance abilities, not those of your accompanist.  Please be sure that you are both visually and audiolly featured in your recording.  If you would prefer to perform without an accompanist, you are not required to have one.

Arts Supplement Live Audition Questions:

Am I required to provide an accompanist? Or will one be provided for me?

Accompanists are only provided for VOCALISTS auditioning at STANFORD.  If you are not a vocalist, or are auditioning at a regional city, and want  an accompanist for your audition, please plan to make your own arrangements. If you are planning on auditioning live at Stanford and would like to utilize the services of one of our staff accompanists, please fill out our Accompanist Request Form.


Last modified on: 
Friday, July 11, 2014