Happy New Year from the Disklavier Education Network!
The Disklavier Education Network (DEN) audition program makes it possible for college applicants to audition for multiple schools by recording their audition program just one time, on a Disklavier reproducing piano with synchronized video. This is a program I have personally advocated and worked on for a very long time and it’s really excited to get to roll it out nationwide! I am especially pleased to let you know that Onofrio Piano in Denver is a participating recording site in Colorado! Here’s how it works:
Recordings are made available to participating institutions, where they will be viewed on a large screen while each institution’s Disklavier PRO piano simultaneously reproduces the performance–as though the student was in the room.
While audio and video recordings have been accepted by many institutions for several years, faculty members have frequently commented on the inconsistent video and audio quality of the recordings, especially when the piano is out of tune! Schools with Disklavier technology have often requested that students should be able to submit auditions by recording on a Disklavier as a preferred alternative.
Now, with organizations like the International Piano E-Competition having used Disklavier’s video-sync technology for over 10 years, we have independent confirmation that our recording procedure and the high-resolution playback of a Disklavier PRO will produce superior quality video-synchronized auditions. The limited number of audition sites and receiving institutions have been carefully chosen because they met stringent quality standards with respect to having large, well-maintained Disklavier pianos for this program.
Please note that Disklavier Video-Sync files include Disklavier data rather than audio. The result is a superior playback experience for the audition committee that is virtually as good as having the student perform in-person on the school’s piano.
Students who wish to create a traditional video recording with audio (that can be submitted to schools that do not yet have a Disklavier PRO for playback) are welcome to bring their own video camera in order to make a simultaneous recording, thus taking advantage of a premium in-tune piano in an optimal recording setting for auditions.
You can view a brief, 6-minute video that shows the recording and playback process on the DEN website:
This link also contains information for the student as well as information for the teacher who is preparing the student for admission or scholarship auditions.
You can see a list of the participating schools as well as a map of the audition recording sites on this page:
Students and teachers with questions are welcome to contact us directly, send an email to DEN@yamaha.com
, or contact any of the recording sites directly to make an appointment.
Music Technology Solutions
Yamaha Corporation of America
Brigham Young University
Cleveland State University
Indianapolis University-Perdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Stephen F. Austin State University
The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
The University of Kansas
The University of Tampa
University of Central Florida
University of Georgia
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wayne State College
West Virginia Wesleyan