Prescreening Process

Many programs at Manhattan School of Music require the submission of prescreening materials in order to be invited to audition. To learn more about the prescreening process, look below.

Prescreening Submission Deadline
Majors That Require Prescreening
How To Upload Materials
Prescreening Results

Prescreening Submission Deadline

Prescreening materials are due December 1, 2013

Majors That Require Prescreening

Choose an instrument below to view prescreening requirements.


Classical Cello
Classical Clarinet
Classical Composition
Classical Conducting
Classical Flute
Classical Piano
Classical Percussion
Classical Viola
Classical Viola Zukerman Program
Classical Violin
Classical Violin Zukerman Program
Classical Voice


Orchestral Cello
Orchestral Clarinet
Orchestral Flute
Orchestral Percussion
Orchestral Viola
Orchestral Violin


Jazz – DMA in Jazz Arts Advancement
Jazz Bass
Jazz Composition
Jazz Drumset, Hand Percussion, and Tabla
Jazz Guitar
Jazz Piano
Jazz Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute
Jazz Trombone
Jazz Trumpet and Horn
Jazz Vibraphone
Jazz Violin, Viola, and Cello
Jazz Voice

How To Upload Prescreening Materials

Applicants must submit their recordings by uploading video files to Neither DVD submissions nor audio submissions of any kind will be considered.

Remember: Submitting auditions through MUSICCAS does not complete the application process. Please make sure you complete your MSM Application before you submit your audition portfolio.

Follow the steps below.

1. Create a MUSICCAS account at Valid email is required. If you do not receive registration information immediately, please check your spam folder.

2. Search and Apply for Manhattan School of Music with your instrument and degree. Note that the Manhattan School of Music has three divisions for most instruments (classical, orchestral, and jazz). Please select the instrument name that includes the division that you are applying for. For example: Classical Cello, Orchestral Cello, or Jazz Cello.

3. Click on the blue ‘Start’ tab to begin your Audition Process.

  • a. Upload Files to Files Library and Attach Audition Requirements
  • b. Classical Composers and Jazz Doctor of Musical Arts applicants must upload and attach their scores as PDFs.
  • c. Once all files are attached, click “Continue” to review your audition.

4. Review, Submit and Pay. Please ensure that the correct files were attached.

MUSICCAS Submission Fees:

Video Only Portfolios: $14.99

MUSICCAS Media Requirements:

Unlimited Portfolio Size
Maximum File Size: 1 GB

Video Format Requirements:

3GP/3GP2, ASF (Windows Media), AVI, DNxHD(SMPTE VC-3), DV video, Flash Video, Matroska, MOV (Quicktime), MP4Video/Audio, Ogg, RealMedia, VOB (Video Object), WAV, WebM

Please note that there are 2 ways to uploadv ideo files: (1) upload directly to MUSICCAS or (2) link YouTube videos (Privacy Settings: Public or Unlisted links only).

File Format Requirements:

pdf, doc, jpeg, png


Contact MUSICCAS to address any technical difficulties regarding media submissions.

Phone: (408) 982-5534
Support Tab on Applicant Dashboard: Live Chat or Submit Support Tickets
For additional assistance, please watch this instructional video.

Prescreening Results

Faculty members review prescreening recordings in December. Prescreening results will be emailed by January 1st.

If an applicant does not receive an email, the following reasons may apply:

The faculty may still be completing the review process.
Materials were never received.
Materials were received after the published deadline.
Applicant's email provider may have filtered or diverted notification email to spam box.