Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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Information for prospective percussion 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.

NOTE: Applications to the Artist Diploma (AD) are not being accepted for the 2021 application year.

Percussion Prescreening Requirements

Percussion Audition Requirements

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

Undergraduate applicants whose recordings pass initial review by the faculty will be invited to a Zoom audition in late February which will include an interview, sight-reading, and a review of some portions of the recorded repertoire. Notification of invitation to a Zoom audition will be made by February 8, 2021.

All graduate applicants who pass prescreening will submit a pre-recorded audition and will also be invited to a Zoom audition.

View the requirements for your major below or download a pdf here.