How to Audition for MM in Music Performance with a Focus on String Studies

All prospective students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition. Apply for master’s study.

Submit Your Prescreen Recording

All students are required to submit an online prescreen recording.

Prescreen Recording Deadlines

February 25, 2017: prospective graduate students applying for scholarships
April 1, 2017: other graduate students

Prescreen Recording Details and Requirements

Please prepare the following for your prescreen recording:

  • Violin, viola, and cello: a movement of Bach and a movement of a concerto
  • Bass and harp: two contrasting movements

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.

Schedule Your Audition

We will contact you if we want to schedule an in-person audition.

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

Audition Dates

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017

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

Please note:

  • All Fall semester master’s and advanced certificate applicants who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards must submit their application materials by January 6, and complete their audition no later than February 28.
  • US 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.

Audition Details and Requirements

Violin repertoire:

  1. A first or last movement from a standard concerto memorized
  2. Two movements of unaccompanied Bach memorized
  3. A twentieth-century composition
  4. A virtuosic solo piece

Viola repertoire:

  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

Cello repertoire:

  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

Double bass repertoire:

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

Harp repertoire:
Substitutions of equal level/ability may be made with a prior consultation with Prof. Bridget Kibbey (

  1. One Schmidt étude
  2. Faure Impromptu or Chatelaine en sa Tour
  3. Contemporary piece of applicant's choice

Please bring:

  • Audition music for the accompanist, who will be provided
  • Your resume
  • Two copies of the contemporary, twentieth-century, or post-1960 work for the jury