Organ

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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

In response to the global events of 2020, and our subsequent inability to hold live in-person auditions, Manhattan School of Music will only hold recorded and virtual auditions in 2021.

Prescreening requirements have not been affected by this change. Applicants to all areas with a prescreening requirement will be asked to include prescreening materials in their application, which is due December 1, 2020. Prescreening decisions will be released on December 18, 2020.

Organ Prescreening Requirements

There are no prescreening requirements for Organ.

Organ Audition Requirements

Applicants will submit the required repertoire listed below as separate video recordings by February 1, 2021. Each selection or movement should be uploaded as a separate video. Video files should be clearly labeled with the composer’s name and title of the piece or movement. Professional or studio recordings are not required, but the sound quality should be as good as possible. View the requirements for your major below or download a pdf here.

Graduate (MM) and Professional Studies (PS)

  • A brief video (one minute or less) for you to introduce yourself, stating your name, the program to which you are applying, and any other information you would like to share with the faculty that you feel is relevant to your audition.
  • A major work from the Baroque period, such as Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor A work from the Romantic period, such as any large work by César Franck
  • A work composed after 1930, such as Duruflé’s Toccata from Suite Op. 5

Doctoral (DMA)

  • A brief video (one minute or less) for you to introduce yourself, stating your name, the program to which you are applying, and any other information you would like to share with the faculty that you feel is relevant to your audition.
  • A complete solo recital program representing at least three contrasting style periods, including a work composed after 1930. Playing time should total approximately 60 minutes.

Questions?

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