Violin Audition

Prescreening Procedures

All Violin applicants (for either the Classical Program or the Orchestral Performance 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. 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


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

Professional Studies and Doctoral

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

Audition Procedures

  • Undergraduate auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length, graduate auditions are 15 minutes, and both professional studies and doctoral auditions 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. They 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

Undergraduate Applicants

Three octave major and minor scales and arpeggios.
First movement of a standard concerto with applicable cadenza.
Two contrasting movements of a Bach partita or sonata.

Master of Music Applicants

Two contrasting movements of a concerto including all applicable cadenzas.
Two movements of an unaccompanied Bach partita or sonata.
A virtuoso concert piece from the Romantic period by composers such as Paganini, Sarasate, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, or Ysaÿe.
One movement of a sonata.

Orchestral Performance (Graduate Program) Applicants

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Professional Studies and Doctoral Applicants

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

Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program Applicants

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