Orchestral Performance

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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Information for prospective orchestral performance students applying to Manhattan School of Music.

Orchestral Performance Program Prescreening and Audition Requirements

Please find the prescreening and audition requirements for your instrument below. Unless otherwise noted, the required excerpts denote standard excerpts. Excerpts do not need to be recorded with accompaniment. Each excerpt may be recorded and uploaded as a separate video, there is no need to record the entire list in a single take.

The Orchestral Performance program is a focused program for graduate students who wish to prepare intensely for orchestral careers. Students in this program have required mock auditions each semester in place of required recitals and enroll in specialized Orchestral Repertoire classes. If you are only interested in the Classical Program, you can navigate to the Classical Division section of the Prescreening and Audition Requirements Website.

If you are interested in applying to both the Orchestral Performance program and the Classical program, please see the instructions for doing so on your instrument below.

Virtual Audition Instructions

Applicants will submit the required repertoire listed below as separate video recordings by February 1, 2022. Each selection or
movement may be uploaded as a separate video. Professional or studio recordings are not required, but the sound quality
should be as good as possible. Orchestral Percussion applicants will also participate in a Zoom audition, and Orchestral Flute
applicants may be invited for a Zoom callback audition. More information about Zoom auditions can be found below.
Unless otherwise noted, the required excerpts denote standard excerpts. Excerpts do not need to be recorded with
accompaniment. Each excerpt may be recorded and uploaded as a separate video; there is no need to record the entire list in a
single take.
There is no sightreading requirement for the 2022 application cycle.

Questions?

917-493-4436
admissions@msmnyc.edu