Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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Information for prospective piano 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: Artist Diploma (AD) applications will not be considered for the 2021 application year.

Piano Prescreening Requirements

Piano applicants are required to submit a video recording for prescreening purposes for consideration for an invitation to a live audition in New York City. The recording must include all of the repertoire as listed below. Prescreening recordings must be uploaded directly to your application. It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality should be as good as possible. All recordings must be unedited and all works must be performed from memory.

Piano Audition Requirements

Applicants will submit the required repertoire below as separate video recordings by February 1, 2021. Please record a separate video for each selection or movement listed for your degree. Video files should be clearly labeled with the composer’s name and title of the piece. All works should be performed from memory. Applicants may choose to include selections from their prescreening submissions in the audition. 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.