Strings & Harp

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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Information for prospective strings and harp students applying to Manhattan School of Music.

Strings & Harp Prescreening Requirements

You are required to submit a video recording to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. You must include the repertoire below and upload the recording directly to your application.  Professional or studio recordings are not required, but the sound quality should be as good as possible.

Below you’ll find further information specific to each instrument.

Strings & Harp Audition Requirements

Undergraduate auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length, graduate auditions are 15 minutes, and professional studies and doctoral auditions are 30 minutes. You will choose a first work and the faculty will choose other works from repertoire you provide. Solo Bach and concerti are presented from memory. All other repertoire may be performed with music.

For violin, viola, and cello applicants, MSM provides an accompanist, or you may bring your own. If you wish to rehearse with Manhattan School of Music’s accompanist before audition, you must arrange rehearsal time and cost.




Visit our General Audition Information page to learn about:

  • Audition dates
  • Accompanists
  • Recorded auditions
  • Admissions results