Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Summer Programs

SummerStrings@NYU: Audition Preparation Workshop

Program Description | Courses and Faculty | Costs | Apply and Audition | For More Information

Starting January 15, 2016, the MPAP Summer Programs Application will be open for all 2016 applicants. Please note, that although we accept applications on a rolling basis, each program has specific individual deadlines.  Make sure to refer to the deadlines posted below.   



Intended For: High School, Undergraduates and Graduate Students

See the Audition Preparation Workshop at a glance:

  • Program Dates: June 29 - July 17, 2015
  • Priority Application Deadline: March 15, 2015
  • Final Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
    • We will have rolling admissions on a case by case basis past this deadline for applicants who are NOT in need of housing (Please email if you have any questions).
  • Required Student Orientation: June 28, 2015 at 3pm
  • Housing Dates: June 28 - July 18, 2015
  • Tuition: $1,800
  • String Studies

Program Description

NYU SummerStrings Workshops:
  • 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

NYU Artist faculty include Cyrus BeroukhimStephanie ChaseGregory FulkersonKikuei IkedaAnton MillerNaoko Tanaka, violin; Stephanie BaerShmuel KatzKaren Ritscher, viola; Marion FeldmanEileen MoonEdward Arron, cello; Joseph Bongiorno, bass; Edward Malave, Alexander Technique and Justin Hines, improvisation.


Below are all costs associated with SummerStrings@NYU:

  • Tuition: $1,800
  • 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:

Please note: late applications will be considered as space permits.  

For More Information 

Program Administration                     

MPAP Summer Programs
35 West 4th Street, Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012

Academic Content                          

Stephanie Baer
String Studies Director
35 West 4th Street, Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012 


Cyrus Beroukhim
Associate Music Professor
35 West 4th Street, Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012