Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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Requirements for Woodwinds

Flute and Clarinet applicants must submit a prescreen video in order to be considered for an invitation to an in-person or recorded audition. Bassoon, Oboe, and Saxophone applicants do not have a prescreen requirement.

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 musicianship.
  • 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 audition.

  • Prepare ALL of the required audition repertoire for the degree level you are applying to, as listed in the dropdown menu below.
  • Note that audition repertoire requirements may differ from prescreen requirements. However, applicants may choose to include selections from their prescreen submissions in the audition where requirements overlap.
  • MSM offers in-person and recorded final auditions, except for the Doctoral of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma programs, which require an in-person audition.

Carefully review the specific repertoire requirements for your instrument and degree level in the dropdown menu below.

Virtual Audition Instructions

Applicants will submit the required repertoire listed below as separate video recordings by February 1. Each selection or movement may be uploaded as a separate video. Professional or studio recordings are not required, but the sound quality should be as good as possible. Accompaniment is not required.

In addition to the requirements below, virtual applicants are asked to submit a short video introduction answering the following prompts:

  • What specifically motivates you to want to study at Manhattan School of Music?
  • What else do you want the faculty to know about you that they might not see in your application materials?


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