Music Composition

Undergraduate Music Theory and Composition Application, Portfolio, and Audition Requirements

Including concentrations in Scoring for Film & Multimedia and Contemporary Production & Songwriting


First, apply for undergraduate study.

Please note that transfer students are only accepted for the Fall semester.


Undergraduate Composition portfolio must contain:

Portfolio must be submitted online via GetAcceptd  by the appropriate deadline noted in the Dates and Deadlines section below. All materials must clearly indicate the applicant's name and NYU ID Number (if applicable), the program applied to, and the contents of the file.

Undergraduate Auditions

In addition to portfolio submission, an audition is required for undergraduate applicants.

  • Perform two pieces in contrasting styles on an instrument of your choice. One of these pieces may be a composition of your own, but at least one (and, if you prefer, both) of them must be a work by a composer other than yourself
  • Accompanists are not required or provided
  • Live auditions will include a short interview about your history as a composer, and may include a discussion of works in your portfolio and testing of music theory fundamentals
  • If you cannot make the audition, please upload a video audition according to the guidelines linked here no later than the audition date for your application type as noted in the Dates and Deadlines section below.

Dates and Deadlines

Audition Date Portfolio Deadline Applicant Type 
November 12, 2016 November 12, 2016 Early Decision applicants
January 28, 2017 January 20, 2017 Freshman/Transfer applicants 
February 18, 2017 February 10, 2017 Freshman/Transfer applicants (final Freshman date)
March 25, 2017 March 17, 2017 Transfer applicants ONLY 

Note for Prospective Transfer Students:
Though NYU's deadline for Fall transfer admission is April 1, we suggest that you submit your Common Application at least one month in advancet o allow sufficient time to schedule an audition on one of the dates above.

SCHEDULE YOUR AUDITION online after you have applied.

Contact Information

For general composition program inquiries: Dr. Youngmi Ha, 
For the Scoring for Film and Multimedia concentration: Dr. Ron Sadoff,, or Professor Mark Suozzo,
For the Contemporary Production and Songwriting concentration: Professor Phil Galdston,