String Studies

String Auditions

All prospective and transfer students (undergraduate, masters and advanced certificate) must first submit an application for admission to the Steinhardt School at New York University before submitting prescreen audition materials. You can find information on the application process through the appropriate admissions office. 

Recorded Materials: all students, UG and Grad and Advanced Certificate, are required to first submit an online pre-screen recording which is due on January 6, 2017.

What do I prepare for my pre-screen recording?
For All Violin, Viola and Cello Applicants:

A movement of Bach and a movement of a concerto.

Send Recorded Materials: Undergraduate and Graduate applicants are required to submit an audition video via GetAcceptd instructions here.

Submit your digital application

For All Bass and Harp Applicants:

Two contrasting movements.

Send Recorded Materials: Undergraduate and Graduate applicants are required to submit an audition video via GetAcceptd instructions here.

Submit your digital application 

Invited Audition Dates

You will receive an email notification that your materials have been received. After those materials have been reviewed you will be contacted if additional information is required. At that point you will be asked to schedule an in-person audition for which you must prepare materials according to the guidelines below.

Applicants who are not able to come to the live auditions must submit their audition recording online no later than February 25, instructions here. The audition recording must include all of the required repertoire. Please contact Professor Baer (stephanie.baer@nyu.edu) prior to submitting your material.

Deadlines for recorded auditions
  • Early Decision #1: December 1; Early Decision #2: January 6
  • Regular Decision: February 25 for Undergraduates and for Graduates applying for scholarships
  • Other Graduates and Transfer Applicants: April 1
Audition Dates and Registration Information

Strings: Undergraduate*, Transfer and Graduate** Audition Schedule

  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 (Early Decision I)
  • Sunday, January 22, 2017 (Early Decision II candidates and Doctoral auditions)
  • Sunday, February 5, 2017 (Undergraduate, Transfer, and Graduate degree applicants)
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Undergraduate, Transfer, and Graduate degree applicants)
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017 (Undergraduate, Transfer, and Graduate degree applicants)
  • Sunday, April 2, 2017 (Transfer and Graduate degree applicants)

*The last audition dates for undergraduate freshman applicants and all students applying for scholarships are February 25 and 26.

**Note: All fall semester Masters and Advanced Certificate applicants who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards must (1) submit their application materials by January 6 (2) complete their audition no later than February 28. U.S. students should also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 to be considered for student loans and other school-based scholarships.

Doctoral Auditions

Doctoral applicants should contact Professor Baer no later than Friday, December 11, to set up an audition date in mid to late January. Doctoral auditions must be completed by January 22.

For an audition after April 2, 2017, please contact Professor Baer

Music Education majors who play string should schedule their audition through Music Ed here.

Note for Prospective Transfer Students:
Though NYU's deadline for Spring transfer admission is November 1 and our deadline for Summer/Fall transfer admission is April 1, we suggest that you submit your Common Application one month in advance. Submitting your Common Application early will leave you more time to schedule an audition by our deadlines above.

Required Repertoire

What do I prepare for my Undergraduate or Transfer Audition?

Violin: 1) Two movements from the unaccompanied sonatas and Partitas by Bach memorized; 2) A first or last movement from a standard concerto and/or other virtuosic solo piece memorized; 3) A movement of a sonata from the standard repertoire.

Viola: 1) Two movements from an unaccompanied Bach Suite (originally for cello) or Sonata or Partita (originally for violin) memorized  2) A first movement of a standard concerto memorized 3) A movement of a standard sonata or a short work.

Cello: 1) Two contrasting movements of Bach Suite memorized; 2) One movement of a standard concerto memorized; 3) A movement of a standard sonata or a short work.

Double Bass: 1) A short (or portion of an) Etude displaying technical proficiency; 2) Two contrasting movements from a Vivaldi, Marcello Sonata or comparable work; 3) Two standard orchestral excerpts

Harp: 1) One Pozzoli Etude (#s 21 - 30), 2) One movement from the Handel Concerto in B Flat Major (either Salzedo or Grandjany Transcriptions), 3) Tournier Au Matin or Debussy Premiere Arabesque. (Substitutions of equal level/ability may be made with a prior consultation with Prof. Bridget Kibbey.)

Note: If you are accepted as a transfer student there are two factors that determine how long it will take you to complete your degree at NYU. These factors are 1) the number of completed credits that NYU will accept and apply to your curriculum requirements and 2) the number of semesters of private lessons the faculty adjudicators decide you must take in order to complete your NYU degree. Completed semesters of private lessons at another institution will not necessarily count toward your degree requirements at NYU. Be aware that while the private study requirement can be provided to you immediately upon your acceptance, it often takes longer for the University and the Program to process and apply your transfer credits.

What do I prepare for my Graduate Audition?

Violin
Master's and Advanced Certificate:

1) A first or last movement from a standard concerto memorized; 2) Two movements of unaccompanied Bach memorized; 3) A 20th Century composition; 4) A virtuosic solo piece

PhD: ( prepare works in their entirety)
1) An entire standard concerto (e.g. Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius) memorized;  2) An unaccompanied Sonata or Partita memorized;  3) A standard sonata; 4) An entire work composed post 1960

Viola
Master's and Advanced Certificate:
1) Two movements of a major work from the concerto repertoire memorized ; 2) Three movements from an unaccompanied Bach Suite (originally for cello) or Sonata or Partitas (originally for violin) memorized
3) One movement of a major work from the sonata repertoire; 4) A work or movement composed post 1960 

PhD (prepare the works in their entirety ):
1) A major concerto, memorized; 2) A major work from the sonata repertoire in its entirety; 3) An unaccompanied Bach Suite (originally for cello) or partita or sonata (originally for violin) in its entirety memorized; 4) An entire work composed post 1960

Cello
Master's and Advanced Certificate:

1) Two movements of a standard Concerto memorized;  2) Three movements from a Bach Suite memorized; 3) A complete sonata: Brahms, Beethoven, Shostakovich or comparable work; 4) A work or movement composed post 1960

PhD (prepare the works in their entirety):
1) An entire concerto memorized; 2) A complete Bach Suite memorized; 3) An entire work composed post 1960; 4) A complete Sonata: Brahms F major, Franck A Major, Chopin or Rachmaninoff

Double Bass
Master's and Advanced Certificate:

1) First two movements of either Dittersdorf, Koussevitzky, Vanhal, or Bottesini concerti, memorized; 2) Two movements of an unaccompanied Bach cello suite, memorized

PhD:
1) A complete standard concerto, memorized; 2) An entire Bach suite memorized; 3) An entire work composed post 1960

Harp
Master's and Advanced Certificate:

Substitutions of equal level/ability may be made with a prior consultation with Prof. Bridget Kibbey.1.) One Schmidt Etude; 2) Faure Impromptu or Chatelaine en sa Tour; 3) Contemporary Piece of Applicant's Choice 

PhD:
Substitutions of equal level/ability may be made with a prior consultation with Prof. Bridget Kibbey.
1) Bach - Grandjany Etude #2: Fugue; 2) De Falla - Grandjany - Spanish Dance; 3) Britten Suite; 4) An entire work composed post 1960

What do I bring to my audition?

For All Applicants

Audition Music for the Accompanist, who will be provided

A Resume

Questions: The auditors may decide to ask you questions about your training, your experience, and your goals. This is done in an attempt to get to know you a bit better.

For Graduate Students ONLY

Bring two copies of the post-1960 work for the jury

If accepted in the program you must take placement tests in music theory and music history. Your results on these tests will determine if any remedial courses will be required in order for you to complete your graduate degree.