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 27-March 6, 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 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.

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, 2015.

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, 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.

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

2015 Audition Week

February 27-March 6, 2015

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

Classical and Orchestral Auditions

Accompanying
Monday, March 2, 2015 -Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Bassoon
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Classical Cello
Monday, March 2, 2015 - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Orchestral Cello
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Classical Clarinet
Friday, March 6, 2015 

Orchestral Clarinet
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Classical Composition
Exam: Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Interviews: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Thursday, March 5, 2015

Choral Conducting
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Orchestral Conducting
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Double Bass
Monday, March 2, 2015

Classical Flute
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Orchestral Flute
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Classical Guitar
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Monday, March 2, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Harp
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Horn
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Oboe
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Classical Organ
Friday, February 27, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Percussion
Thursday, March 5,- Friday, March 6, 2015

Classical Piano
Friday, February 27, 2015 - Friday, March 6, 2015

Classical Saxophone
Monday, March 2, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Tenor Trombone
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Friday, March 6, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Bass Trombone
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Friday, March 6, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Trumpet
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Classical and Orchestral Tuba
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Friday, March 6, 2015

Classical Viola
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Friday, March 6, 2015

Orchestral Viola
Friday, March 6, 2015

Classical Violin
Monday, March 2, 2015 - Thursday, March 5, 2015

Orchestral Violin
Monday, March 2, 2015

Classical Voice
Friday, February 27, 2015 - Friday, March 6, 2015

 
Jazz Auditions


Jazz Bass, Jazz Cello and Jazz Viola
Friday, March 6, 2015

Jazz Composition
Monday, March 2, 2015

Jazz DMA
Wednesday, March, 4 2015 - Audition
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Exam

Jazz Drumset and Vibes
Monday, March 2, 2015 - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jazz Guitar
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jazz Piano
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Flute and Jazz Clarinet
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jazz Tabla
TBD

Jazz Trombone
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jazz Trumpet
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jazz Voice
Friday, March 6, 2015


Contemporary Auditions

Contemporary Percussion, Woodwinds and Brass
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Contemporary Piano and Voice
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Contemporary Strings

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Tuesday, March 3, 2015