Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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Information for prospective composition students applying to Manhattan School of Music.

Composition Prescreening Requirements

All composition applicants must submit scores and recordings for prescreening in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.

Scores and recordings of 3-5 original compositions should be uploaded to the application. The scores, in PDF format, should demonstrate variety as much as possible. Recordings can be audio and video recordings, in various formats. Audio recordings of live performances are preferable, but MIDI renderings are also acceptable.

Composition Audition Requirements

Composition Exam: All applicants will take an online exam, responding to various compositional prompts. The exam will be available virtually beginning January 22 and will be due February 1. There is no study guide for this exam because it contains only composition assignments.

Interview: All applicants will meet with the composition faculty for an interview either in-person or via Zoom. During the interview, applicants should be prepared to discuss their portfolios and their responses to the Composition Exam. Please be prepared with access to at least one copy of your portfolio materials, in either hard copy or electronic format.

Composition Portfolio: The faculty will have access to all materials submitted during prescreening. After prescreening decisions are released, applicants will have the opportunity to submit additional scores and recordings to their online portfolio. All portfolio materials must be uploaded by February 1 in order to be reviewed.