Orchestral Conducting

Orchestral Conducting Prescreening

All applicants in orchestral conducting are required to upload videos for prescreening purposes in order to be invited fora live audition. Prescreening videos must be clearly labeled and should be uploaded directly to the online application at Decision Desk by Dec. 1.  Later submission may be possible by arrangement with the Admissions Office. Applicants should also send a professional resume and a description of the contents of the videos to the conducting counselor, Stephen Biegner, at sbiegner@msmnyc.edu. When describing the videos, please list what work is being conducted; what group is being conducted; the applicant’s relationship to this group (i.e. regular conductor/music director of a performing ensemble; member of a conducting class leading a student group; etc.); and whether this is a rehearsal or a performance.

Audition Repertoire for Prescreening

Applicants should send representative video of their work in conducting. The repertoire and the group being conducted should be clearly identified in the videos and in your email to the conducting counselor. If possible, show complete movements with contrasting styles and tempi

  • Three videos of contrasting repertoire thatshow different styles, time periods, and tempi
  • One video of a rehearsal with an ensemble

Video footage should clearly show your gestures and your face. Applicants may be asked to submit additional video or other information during the audition process.

Audition

Those applicants who pass the prescreen audition will be invited to come to New York for an in-person audition in March. The repertoire for auditions will be sent to you by the conducting counselor a few weeks prior to your audition. The repertoire will include some orchestral excerpts, at least one passage of recitative, and an aria. The ensemble at your audition will be comprised of 2 pianists, a violinist, and/or a singer. Applicants may also be asked to demonstrate some very basic keyboard and score reading skills. A short interview will follow. Applicants who live far from New York City may request a video audition, though a live audition is always in the best interest of the applicant.