Musical Theatre

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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Requirements for Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre applicants must submit a prescreen video in order to be considered for an invitation to an in-person or recorded audition. Select applicants will be invited to audition in January.

  • Include ALL required repertoire for the degree level you are applying to, as listed in the dropdown menu below.
  • Upload your prescreen recordings directly to your application by December 1.
  • Videos do not have to be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality should be of high quality and should accurately reflect your musicianship.
  • Each piece or movement should be uploaded as a separate video. However, each individual video must be unedited.
  • As you prepare for your MSM MT audition we ask that you consider presenting at least one song or monologue by an underrepresented creator.

Step 1: Prescreen

The recordings must include:

  • Two one-minute selections from the Musical Theatre repertoire; one up-tempo, one ballad. We recommend that you prepare one classic Musical Theatre piece, and one contemporary Musical Theatre piece from the last 5-10 years.
  • A memorized monologue of your choice around one-minute in length.
  • Perform a dance of your choosing, or from the following suggested genres: contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, or tap. The selection should be no longer than one minute. Do not submit videos from performances. You should be the only person in the video. 

Step Two: Audition

Applicants who pass the prescreen round will be invited to audition.

  • Prepare ALL of the required audition repertoire for the degree level you are applying to, as listed in the dropdown menu below, from memory.
  • Note that audition repertoire requirements may differ from prescreen requirements. However, applicants may choose to include selections from their prescreen submissions in the audition where requirements overlap.
  • MSM offers in-person and recorded final auditions, except for the Doctoral of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma programs, which require an in-person audition.

The singing/acting audition will last five to seven minutes and include:

  • Two one-minute selections from the Musical Theatre repertoire; one up-tempo, one ballad. We recommend that you prepare one classic Musical Theatre piece, and one contemporary Musical Theatre piece from the last 5-10 years.
  • A memorized monologue of your choice around one-minute in length.

There will be a dance call that will last approximately one hour. Clothing should allow for ease of movement but not be too loose-fitting.  Applicants should wear character shoes, jazz shoes, or sneakers for the dance call.  If an applicant is proficient in pointe work, they should bring pointe shoes.

International or domestic students whose circumstances prevent travel to NYC should contact Admission at admission@msmnyc.edu to request a virtual audition.

Audition Tips

We are looking for enthusiastic, highly motivated, collaborative individuals who bring a strong sense of self to the audition. It is recommended that prospective students use the audition process to demonstrate their individuality, so we encourage you to select material that feels authentic.

At MSM, we embrace and welcome all applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and disability status.

 

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