Jazz Arts

Prescreening & Audition Information

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Prescreening Instructions

If you are unable to record your pre-screening audition with a live rhythm section, you may play along with a backing track. We recommend that you use a backing track with real instruments, like Jamey Aebersold. Avoid using synthesized tracks like iReal Pro.

*Applicants who have been awarded spots in the following honor groups in 2021 are exempt from pre-screening; NYO Jazz, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, or YoungArts. Please email admission@msmnyc.edu to confirm your participation.

Virtual Audition Instructions

Recorded Requirements: All virtual applicants are required to record the audition requirements below and upload to their application portfolio by February 1.

Live Zoom Call: All virtual applicants will be required to sign up for a Zoom call with the Jazz faculty between February 25-March 4. During this call, they will be asked to sight read. This call should last 5-7 minutes.