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, cello and bass applicants 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. Accompaniment is encouraged but not required. Below you’ll find further information specific to each instrument.

Strings & Harp Audition Requirements

Bachelor’s and Master’s auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length, Professional Studies auditions are 15 minutes, and Doctoral 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.

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. For more information about audition accompanists, please refer to our Audition Information page.




Visit our General Audition Information page to learn about:

  • Audition dates
  • Accompanists
  • Recorded auditions
  • Admissions results