Learn about your audition process here.
On-campus auditions will be held February 19 & 21-26. Specific audition dates for your instrument will be available later this fall.
*Covid-19 update: At this time we are planning to hold in-person auditions. We will continue to monitor the situation in the US and abroad, and we will make adjustments as necessary to protect the health and safety of our applicants and the MSM community.
Prescreening results will be released by December 18.
Specific information about prescreening requirements can be found on the program page to which you are applying. Links to the various program pages are provided here:
*Graduate studies only
You will receive an Audition Repertoire form where you will list all of the repertoire you have prepared to perform in your audition. This is different from the Repertoire Studied list that you submit on your application checklist. For most auditions, you will choose your first piece, and the faculty will choose the subsequent piece(s). You must be prepared to play all of the pieces you have listed on your repertoire form. Be sure to look at the program page of your intended major for a full list of requirements specific to your audition. Links to the various program pages are provided here, below:
After December 18, you will have an opportunity to share your preferred audition date with the Admissions Team. MSM will only consider date requests that are submitted before January 4, 2021. MSM offers limited audition dates for each instrument. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all requests, though we do our best to lessen any conflicts you might have. You will not be permitted to choose a day that has not been scheduled for your instrument.
Please see below which instruments and programs require an accompanist. If your instrument is not listed, please do not bring an accompanist. If your instrument requires an accompanist, MSM will provide one for you at your audition at no cost.
Classical Program: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, Viola, and Voice
Jazz Arts Program: All Jazz majors will have a combo provided
Orchestral Performance Program: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, and Viola
Your accompanist’s contact information will be provided to you in advance of your audition. At least two weeks prior to your audition, you must contact your accompanist and inform them of your audition repertoire so that they may review your music. You may arrange rehearsal time with your accompanist at your own expense. The accompanists have a very limited amount of rehearsal time, therefore, it is necessary to contact them well in advance if you wish to set up a rehearsal. At your audition, you must bring scores for your accompanist. If you are using photocopies, please make sure to secure them in a binder so that it will be easy for your accompanist to turn pages.
If you wish to bring your own accompanist, you may do so at your own expense. You must inform the Office of Admissions and your assigned MSM accompanist at least two weeks prior to your audition if you choose to bring your own accompanist.
A rhythm section is provided at no cost to you for your audition. You will not meet the rhythm section in advance of your audition. You are required to bring three copies of music for each tune you prepare to perform at your audition.
Recorded Auditions may be available to you, depending on your program of study and place of residence. If you would like to submit a Recorded Audition, please read the requirements below to make sure that you are eligible to do so.
A recorded audition does not replace prescreening. If your major requires prescreening, you must submit prescreening videos in order to be considered for an audition.
Applicants for the following programs are eligible for consideration through a Recorded Audition (please see exceptions below):
If you are eligible for a recorded audition, you will be required to upload your recordings to your application Status Portal. Recorded auditions are due on February 15.
A strong audition is the main factor in any successful admission result, but it is not the only factor. The MSM Admissions Committee reviews all required application materials before determining admissibility. To review the required materials for your desired major and intended degree program, please visit our How to Apply to the College page.
Admissions results are available no later than April 1, provided that we have received all of your required materials. We will send you an email to let you know when your admission result is available. Admissions results are not available over the phone.
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