Audition Information

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.

Application Submission
Prescreening Process
Auditions

Admissions Results

Application Submission

All applicants who intend to audition must first submit the online application.
Find out how to apply

Prescreening Process

Many departments use a prescreening process to select applicants who will be invited to the live audition.
Find out if your instrument is prescreened

Auditions

All applicants must audition in order to be admitted to Manhattan School of Music.

Audition Week

  • New York, NY Auditions - February 28-March 7, 2014 (held at Manhattan School of Music)

Audition Dates

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 1, 2014, 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 6: SEOUL
October 8–10: TAIPEI
October 14: HONG KONG
October 15: SINGAPORE
October 18: BANGKOK
October 20–21: GUANGZHOU
October 23–24: SHANGHAI
October 26–28: 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.

Scheduling Requests

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, 2014.

Audition Repertoire

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.

Accompanist Information

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.

Recorded Auditions

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, 2014. Applicants should not upload recorded audition materials until after January 1, 2014

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Admissions Results

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

2014 Audition Week

February 28-March 7, 2014

Applicants should not make travel plans until notified by MSM that their individual audition has been scheduled.

Classical and Orchestral Auditions

Accompanying
Sunday, March 2
Monday, March 3
Tuesday, March 4

Classical and Orchestral Bassoon
Monday, March 3

Classical Clarinet
Friday, March 7

Orchestral Clarinet
Thursday, March 6

Classical Composition
Monday, March 3 – Exam
Tuesday, March 4 – Interviews
Wednesday, March 5 – Interviews
Thursday, March 6 – Interviews (if needed)

Classical and Orchestral Double Bass
Monday, March 3

Classical Flute
Tuesday, March 4
Wednesday, March 5

Orchestral Flute
Wednesday, March 5

Classical Guitar
Sunday, March 2
Monday, March 3

Classical and Orchestral Harp
Tuesday, March 4

Classical and Orchestral Horn
Sunday, March 2

Classical and Orchestral Oboe
Friday, March 7

Classical Organ
Friday, February 28

Classical and Orchestral Percussion
Wednesday, March 5 (OP only)
Thursday, March 6
Friday, March 7

Classical Piano
Friday, February 28
Sunday, March 2
Monday, March 3
Tuesday, March 4
Wednesday, March 5
Thursday, March 6
Friday, March 7

Classical Saxophone
Monday, March 3

Classical and Orchestral Trombone
Thursday, March 6

Classical and Orchestral BassTrombone
Thursday, March 6

Classical and Orchestral Trumpet
Thursday, March 6
Wednesday, March 5 (if needed)

Classical and Orchestral Tuba
Thursday, March 6

Classical Viola
Thursday, March 6
Friday, March 7

Orchestral Viola
Friday, March 7

Classical Violin
Monday, March 3
Tuesday, March 4
Wednesday, March 5
Thursday, March 6

Orchestral Violin
Sunday, March 2

Classical Violoncello
Monday, March 3
Tuesday, March 4

Orchestral Violoncello
Monday, March 3

Classical Voice
Friday, February 28
Sunday, March 2
Monday, March 3
Tuesday, March 4
Wednesday, March 5
Thursday, March 6
Friday, March 7

 
Jazz Auditions


Jazz Bass, Jazz Cello and Jazz Viola
Thursday, March 6

Jazz Composition
Monday, March 3

Jazz DMA
Wednesday, March 5

Jazz Drumset and Vibes
Sunday, March 2
Monday, March 3 (if needed)

Jazz Guitar
Tuesday, March 4

Jazz Piano
Sunday, March 2

Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Flute and Jazz Clarinet
Wednesday, March 5

Jazz Tabla
Wednesday, March 5

Jazz Trombone
Tuesday, March 4

Jazz Trumpet
Tuesday, March 4

Jazz Voice
Wednesday, March 5


Contemporary Auditions

Contemporary Percussion, Woodwinds and Brass
Sunday, March 2

Contemporary Piano and Voice
Wednesday, March 5

Contemporary Strings

Thursday, March 6