College Audition Workshop for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors
Graduate School/Competition Workshop for college/graduate students
The NYU SummerStrings Audition Workshops are open to today’s most talented and promising young musicians, offering intensive training for many types of string auditions. There are two concurrent workshops held over three weeks: one for high school students preparing for college auditions and the other for college and graduate students preparing for competitions and/or graduate school auditions. The intensity of the schedule and exacting performance standards make SummerStrings most appropriate for serious, dedicated musicians ages 15-25.
These audition workshops will give you the skills you need to forge ahead with confidence! Under the guidance of NYU string faculty members, many of whom have won major competitions and orchestral auditions, you will spend your days putting together the elements needed for a successful audition. Faculty will assist you in preparing solo Bach, concerti, showpieces and etudes. You will learn sports psychology techniques to help deal with performance anxiety such as centering, mental practice and the perfect formula for audition preparation.
SummerStrings is pleased to offer Alexander Technique sessions to correct posture and teach bodily self-awareness. Participants who struggle with persistent bad habits have the opportunity to learn a ground-breaking method of overcoming them in as little as an hour. A select few participants will also have the opportunity to make a fully edited recording in NYU’s state-of-the-art James L. Dolan Studio.
Upon completion of the course, you will have a clearer understanding of the audition process that will enable you to achieve your goals!
Courses and Faculty
Both programs include:
Two private lessons per week
One hour of daily chamber music rehearsal or coaching
One hour classes held each afternoon on a series of topics ranging from building confidence through audition strategies to developing one’s musical voice through improvisation and freedom of expression
Five hours of daily practice time
Performance opportunities at bi-weekly student performances, master classes and chamber music recitals
Evening and weekend activities that in the past have included NY Philharmonic concerts, sightseeing in New York City and visits to museums
Below are all costs associated with SummerStrings@NYU:
Optional Programming Fee: $120
Application Fee: $50; nonrefundable and paid at the end of the 2015 Summer Application
Housing & Meal Plan (optional): $1,143 shared room with 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars – see the Housing & Meal Plan page for more information
Please note that there are additional fees for all International Students. For information about financial aid and scholarships, see the Finances page.
Apply and Audition
The College Audition Workshop is open to high school sophomores and juniors. The Graduate School/Competition Audition Workshop is open to current college students. Both programs have limited enrollment so register early to ensure your space!
If you would like to be considered for the workshop you must complete the following: