Auditioning can be a confusing experience. To help applicants navigate the process more easily, they can find general information about Manhattan School of Music's auditions below.
All applicants who intend to audition must first submit the online application.
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Many departments use a prescreening process to select applicants who will be invited to the live audition.
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All applicants must audition in order to be admitted to Manhattan School of Music.
- New York, NY Auditions - February 27-March 6, 2014 (held at Manhattan School of Music)
IMPORTANT: Applicants should not purchase travel tickets until MSM has notified them that their individual audition has been scheduled.
New York, NY Auditions (held at Manhattan School of Music):
Applicants must complete the MSM application to be considered. General audition dates are posted by program on the right-hand side of this page. Individual audition dates will be emailed to applicants by February 2, 2015, including a specific date, time, and location that MSM will determine.
USA Schools of Music Asia Audition Schedule
(visit www.usaschoolsofmusic.com/ASIA for specific locations and times)
October 5: SEOUL
October 7–9: TAIPEI
October 10: HONG KONG
October 13-14: SINGAPORE
October 17: BANGKOK
October 19–20: GUANGZHOU
October 22-23: Sichuan
October 25–26: SHANGHAI
October 29–November 1: BEIJING
Individual Audition Dates/Time
MSM will email audition invitations by early February for those applicants who have passed through prescreening. Audition dates and times are assigned by the Office of Admissions and are not flexible.
Manhattan School of Music works hard to lessen audition conflicts for applicants. Applicants may request a specific date for their audition by visiting the Audition Info tab on the MSM Admissions Portal. MSM will take those requests into consideration, however all requested audition dates must fall within the specified dates and times available for each major and degree. Possible audition dates are listed on the right-hand side of this page. MSM will only consider requests submitted before January 5, 2015.
Find audition repertoire guidelines on each Academic Department page
On the day of the audition,applicants will fill out a repertoire form with the pieces that they will present to the faculty. Applicants ARE NOT required to submit their audition repertoire to the Office of Admissions prior to their audition day.
MSM will provide accompanists for the audition (at no cost) for the following majors :
Classical Voice, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, and Viola
Orchestral Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, and Viola
All Jazz Performance Majors
Classical accompanists make themselves available for rehearsals prior to the audition, however their rehearsal time slots can fill up quickly. The rates for rehearsals are negotiated directly between the applicant and the accompanist. Contact information for accompanists will be emailed to classical applicants approximately two weeks prior to audition week. Jazz applicants will meet the rhythm section immediately before their audition.
Eligible applicants include those residing outside of the continental United States, Conductors, those who play Cello, Tuba, Harp, or Double Bass, and those applicants for the Barnard/MSM Cross-Registration Program (except composers). Ineligible applicants are those residing in North America and those applying for Orchestral Performance, Composition, Accompanying, and all Doctoral Programs. If applicants wish to submit a recorded audition and their instrument is prescreened, they are still required to first submit a prescreening recording.
Digital Submission of Video Audition
Submissions are due February 1, 2015. Applicants should not upload recorded audition materials until after January 1, 2015
Files will be uploaded to MSM's page on the Decision Desk website
Provided all required materials have been received, admissions results will be emailed by April 1. A successful audition is not indicative of one's final admissions status at Manhattan School of Music. An applicant's audition results are only one of many criteria used to determine admissions eligibility. The Admissions Committee reviews all application materials listed on the Application, Dates, & Deadlines and International Applicants pages, and an invitation to attend Manhattan School of Music cannot be made without them. Admissions results are not available over the phone.
Visit the Application, Dates, & Deadlines page
Visit the International Applicants page