Viola Audition

Prescreening Procedures

All Viola applicants for the Classical Program are required to submit a video recording for prescreening purposes in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition in New York City. The recording must include all of the repertoire as listed below. Prescreening recordings must be uploaded directly to your application on Decision Desk. It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality must be as good as possible.

Prescreen Requirements


  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of solo Bach

Graduate, Professional Studies, and Doctoral

  • Two movements of a standard concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of solo Bach
  • One movement of a work of the applicant's choice

Audition Procedures

  • Undergraduate auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length, graduate are15 minutes, and doctoral are 30 minutes.
  • Each applicant chooses a first work and the faculty will choose the subsequent repertoire from the audition list provided by the applicant.
  • Applicants are required to audition with an accompanist, and may provide their own. However, an accompanist is provided by Manhattan School of Music free of charge for all auditions. If applicants wish to rehearse with Manhattan School of Music's accompanist BEFORE their audition, rehearsal time and cost is arranged between the two parties.
  • Applicants are required to present all concerti, unaccompanied works, and virtuoso concert pieces from memory.

Audition Requirements


  • Three octave major and minor scales and arpeggios.
  • First movement of a standard concerto with applicable cadenza.
  • Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Bach partita, sonata or suite.
  • One etude.


  • Complete works from three style periods, including the 20th century. One work must be a standard concerto with all applicable cadenzas. Repertoire should demonstrate a graduate level of performance.

Orchestral Performance (Graduate Program)

See Orchestral Performance page for information >

Doctoral and Professional Studies

  • Complete concerto with all applicable cadenzas.
  • Four significant recital works from a wide range of style periods, including the twentieth century.

Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program

See Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program page for information >