Strings & Harp

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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Requirements for Classical Strings & Harp

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.

Step 1: Prescreen

  • Include ALL required repertoire for the degree level you are applying to, as listed in the dropdown menu below.
  • Upload your prescreen recordings directly to your application.
  • Prescreen Deadline: December 1.
  • Videos do not have to be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality should be of high quality and should accurately reflect your tone quality. Therefore, we recommend the use of an external microphone.
  • Each piece or movement should be uploaded as a separate video. However, each individual video must be unedited.

Step 2: Audition

Applicants who pass the prescreen round will be invited to the final audition round.

  • MSM offers in-person and recorded final auditions, except for the Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma programs, which require an in-person audition.
  • In-Person Bachelor of Music and Master of Music auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length, Professional Studies auditions are 15 minutes, and Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma auditions are 20 minutes. In-person auditionees will choose a first work, and the faculty will choose other works from repertoire you provide. Applicants submitting a recorded audition must include ALL required repertoire for the degree level they are applying to.
  • For violin, viola, and cello in-person 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. 

Carefully review the specific repertoire requirements for your degree level in the dropdown menu below. Please upload your videos to your application.


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