Orchestral Performance

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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

Listed below are the audition prescreening procedures and repertoire for applicants to the orchestral performance program, separated by instrument. The audition repertoire below meets the requirements for all Master of Music and Professional Studies programs in orchestral performance at Manhattan School of Music. All orchestral performance applicants must audition live in New York City. All applicants are also required to interview.

Orchestral Performance Interview

Applicants for the Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance are required to interview, pending audition advancement, with MSM’s Director of Instrumental Ensembles. The applicant will be contacted to schedule the interview following the audition. In this interview, the student should discuss her/his interest in the Program as well as orchestral and leadership experiences. Presentation, communication and organizational skills are important factors which show the serious commitment to the Orchestral Performance Program.  It is encouraged for applicants to be prepared to demonstrate these qualities. The interview will be approximately 10 minutes in duration.

Applicants who wish to be considered for both the classical performance and the orchestral performance programs in Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, and Clarinet must submit two separate applications and should expect separate prescreening/audition requirements and procedures. For all other instruments, an application submitted to the orchestral performance program will ensure automatic consideration for both the orchestral and classical programs. For more information about Manhattan School of Music’s classical performance programs, please click here.




Visit our General Audition Information page to learn about:

  • Audition dates
  • Accompanists
  • Recorded auditions
  • Admissions results