Welcome to the Precollege

The Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music is a full-day Saturday music program for students between the ages of 5 and 18. Students are admitted by audition only. There are currently about 475 students enrolled in the Precollege Division, and approximately 140 faculty members.

In addition to a complete classical music curriculum, there is a jazz curriculum of the Precollege Division, in which classical students can take classes in jazz by audition only. Visit our Jazz Program for more information

Each student receives a weekly private lesson and augments their studies with classes such as theory and ear training, orchestra, chorus, composition, conducting, and chamber groups. There are chamber music and concerto competitions every year, with winners performing in a public concert. Performances are scheduled throughout the year in our various recital halls as well as in the main auditorium.

Precollege News

Congratulations to MSM Precollege student, Sarah Ma, who performed the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 with the MSM Precollege Symphony on November 14, 2015. Sarah is playing the "ex-David" 1735 Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesu" on loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015-16 Precollege Concerto Competitions:

Philharmonic Strings Concerto Competition
Winner: Aristides Boutris, violin
Alternate: Nicholas Burkel, cello

Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion Concerto Competition
Winner: Nathan Holzberg, marimba
Alternate: Joanna Lau, flute

Philharmonic Piano Concerto Competition
Winner: Qinghong Lian, piano
Alternates: Ryan Soeyadi, piano and William Chen, piano

Repertory Strings Concerto Competition
Winner: David Clarke, violin
Alternate: Jacob Shin, viola 

Symphony Strings Concerto Competition
Winner:  Alexander Kandybin, violin
Alternates: Jeremy Cha, cello & Gregory Llewellyn, cello

Repertory Piano Concerto Competition
Winner: Federica Italiani, piano
Alternate: Xiaozhou Xu, piano

Symphony Piano Concerto Competition
Winner: Ethan Jeon, piano
Alternates:  Brandon Lee, piano & Jane Bua, piano

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015-16 Chamber Music Competition: 

Ages 14 & Under Winners
Poulenc – Sonata for Piano Four Hands, I. Prelude
Ethan Jeon, piano
Vishnu Srinivas, piano
Coached by Carmel Lowenthal 

Ages 15 & Older Winners
Mendelssohn – Piano Trio in D Minor, op. 49
Dylan Hamme, violin
Gregory Llewellyn, cello
Anqi Xu, piano
Coached by Maria Radicheva

Honorable Mentions
Arensky – Piano Trio in D Minor, op. 32
Daniel Rafimayeri, violin
John Skiera, cello
Jane Bua, piano
Coached by Daniela Bracchi 

Dvorak – Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, op. 81
Alice Tao, violin
Kristina Wirkowski, violin
Aidan Garrison, viola
Jeanna Qiu, cello
Ellim Kim, piano
Coached by Jonathan Strasser


General inquiries

917-493-4999 (phone)
917-493-4598 (fax)

Kelly Sawatsky

Dean of the Precollege

Scott Lindroth

Performance & Communications Coordinator

Tiffany Bizup

Administrative & Academic Coordinator

Priscilla Kim

Administrative Assistant