November 16, 2021

Admission Blog: Meet Julia Bair, Associate Director of Admissions at MSM

Julia Bair works with applicants to MSM’s Classical Voice, Strings, Organ, Conducting, and Pinchas Zukerman Performance programs.

Connect with Julia and the rest of the admissions team at

Tell us about your background in music and admissions.

I am a bassoonist and former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as a freelance musician. I’ve worked in admissions and higher education for the last decade and love meeting and counseling music students!

What do you love about MSM?

I love the warm, welcoming, and diverse community at MSM. Our students come from all over the world, and it is wonderful to see everyone come together to make music.

What do you feel makes MSM the best choice for someone pursuing a career in music?

MSM has an incredible faculty and beautiful performing arts facilities in the ideal location of New York City. We are close to nature, great food, and some of the best arts organizations in the world!  It is a great balance of artistic excellence and a warm, supportive family environment.

What is a piece of advice you would give to students applying to music school? 

Don’t forget the big picture as you prepare for your audition. Yes, the faculty will be listening for certain technical details in your audition, but your musicality and character will make you stand out.  Show them what makes you want to pursue this career.

What is your favorite spot on the MSM campus and why?

I love seeing students relax in the new student lounge (photo below). It’s such a great space to recharge between classes and rehearsals.

What do you love most about living in NYC?

I love how you can walk to everything your heart desires at any time – parks, restaurants, performances, you name it.

Share a fun fact about yourself.

I love to hike.  There are some great hikes on the Metro-North train line, but my favorites have been in Yosemite National Park and in Iceland.

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