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

Violin, Viola, and Cello applicants are required to submit video prescreen recordings in order to be considered for an invitation to the live audition round. MSM does not expect or require professional recordings, but the audio should be of high quality and accurately represent your tone quality. Therefore, we recommend the use of an external microphone.

Applicant prescreen recordings must include the repertoire below and should be uploaded directly to the application by the December 1 deadline. The MSM string faculty encourages applicants to explore the enormous variety of string repertoire, including the many important contributions from culturally diverse composers when choosing repertoire for auditions.

Please review your instrument’s specific requirements below.

Strings & Harp Audition Requirements

Bachelor’s and Master’s auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length, Professional Studies auditions are 15 minutes, and Doctoral and Artist Diploma auditions are 20 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. The MSM string faculty encourages applicants to explore the enormous variety of string repertoire, including the many important contributions from culturally diverse composers when choosing repertoire for the auditions.

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 payment directly with the accompanist. For more information about audition accompanists, please refer to our Audition Information page.

Questions?

917-493-4436
admissions@msmnyc.edu