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Advanced Diploma in Classical Instrumental Performance

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications

This 18-credit post-master’s artist diploma addresses the specific needs of advanced students and young professionals preparing for a career in music performance. The program includes ongoing development of technique and musicianship, with an emphasis placed on private lessons, ensemble participation, and preparation for professional auditions and competitions. Your course work will allow you to focus on your primary area of study while preparing for a vast number of professional opportunities.

Students may choose from the following areas of study: Brass StudiesPercussion StudiesString Studies, or Woodwind Studies

Official Degree Title

Advanced Diploma: Classical Instrumental Performance


Adv Cert

Application Deadline

Spring Start:
October 1
Fall Start:
January 6

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Program Contacts

Admissions Requirements

Basic competence in music theory and history is a prerequisite for all graduate degree programs in music. Entering graduate students are required to complete a music theory entrance exam and meet history coursework requirements. Based on exam results and review of the student's transcript, up to 8 points of remedial music theory and/or history coursework may be required. Remedial courses cannot be used to meet degree requirements. Detailed information about department music theory and history entrance requirements is available here

Since this is a post-master's program, a master's degree is required prior to enrolling in this program.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions on submitting letters of recommendation.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.


Not required.

Proficiency in English


Brass (Pre-Screening Requirements):
Prescreen: GetAcceptd
Final Audition: live or video over GetAcceptd 

Please note, it is not mandatory to have an accompanist for the prescreen.

One etude, one complete movement of a sonata, and one orchestral excerpt.

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.

Brass (Final Audition):

Prepare two contrasting études, two contrasting solo movements, and four orchestral excerpts.

Please note, it is not mandatory to have an accompanist for the final audition.

Prescreen: no
Final Audition: live or video over GetAcceptd

Percussion (Final Audition):

After submitting your NYU Steinhardt graduate application, please contact Professors Jonathan Haas ( and Sean Statser ( to schedule a live audition date and time. Should you be unable to attend a live audition at NYU, applicants may submit audition videos through GetAcceptd.

Audition dates:

Monday, February 12, 2024
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Sunday, February 18, 2024
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Friday, February 23, 2024
Sunday, February 25, 2024
Friday, March 1, 2024
Sunday, March 3, 2024

* If you are unavailable for the audition dates above, additional dates can be scheduled on a case-by-case basis with Professors Haas and Statser.

* We would like to have the opportunity to engage in a question-and-answer session regarding your goals and interests; this is also a great time for you to ask us any questions you may have about the Percussion Studies program and studying at NYU.

Audition requirements:

  • Marimba
    • One major work from the four mallet solo marimba repertoire
  • Snare drum
    • One solo from the Delecluse 12 Etudes of applicant’s choosing
  • Timpani
    • One Carter Solo of applicant’s choosing
  • Multi solo
    • One solo from the major percussion repertoire of applicant’s choosing
  • Orchestra excerpts: 
    • One major work each, of applicant’s choosing, for
      • Xylophone
      • Snare drum
      • Timpani
  • Chamber Music
    • Prepare Metric Lips (Marimba 1) - You will play this in your audition with members of the NYU Percussion Chamber Music Ensemble

The above list represents suggestions of possible audition repertoire, not required; you are welcome to perform works of your choosing and we encourage applicants to present selections that best represent their skill sets and interests. If you have questions about your selected repertoire, please reach out to Professors Jonathan Haas ( and Sean Statser ( in advance of your audition or video recording.

Strings (Pre-Screening Requirements):
Prescreen: GetAcceptd
Final Audition: live or video over GetAcceptd

It is not required to have an accompanist for the pre-screening video.

The String Studies program requires a pre-screening video, to be submitted through GetAcceptd, by January 6, 2024. Invitations to schedule a live audition will be sent to select individuals by January 31, 2024.

Please prepare the following for your pre-screen:

Violin, viola, and cello: A movement of Bach and a movement of a concerto

Bass and harp: Two contrasting movements

Strings (Final Audition):

If invited for an audition, applicants will be asked if they would prefer to play for the faculty live over Zoom or submit a final recorded video audition through GetAcceptd, followed by a live interview over Zoom. It is not required to have an accompanist for the audition.

Auditions will be scheduled for 3/1/2024 - 3/3/2024. Auditions must be completed by 3/3/2024 to receive consideration for talent-based scholarship awards. Late auditions can be arranged individually. 

Audition 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. One movement of a 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 concerto, 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 Professor Brandee Younger (

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

Woodwinds Studies (Pre-Screening Requirements):
Prescreen: GetAcceptd
Final Audition: February 23 and February 24, 2024
Please note, it is not mandatory to have an accompanist for the prescreen.


Two contrasting selections (selections may include an individual movement from different works or single movements works)

Oboe, Bassoon and Saxophone

Two standard etudes of contrasting styles

Two standard orchestral excerpts of your choosing 


Two contrasting etudes showing the applicant's level of technical and lyrical ability

2-3 standard orchestral excerpts 


One short etude on each of your doubles

Woodwinds (Final Audition):
Select applicants will be contacted in late January to schedule a live audition. Please note, it is not mandatory to have an accompanist for the final audition.


Mozart: Concerto in G major, K. 313 or D major, K. 314, movement one exposition

Work of applicant’s choice

Work from 20th/21st century

2 contrasting orchestral excerpts

Oboe, Bassoon and Saxophone

Two movements of a sonata from the standard repertoire

First or last movement from a standard concerto and/or other virtuosic solo piece


One major solo work with or without accompaniment

Two contrasting movements from a standard concerto

A work by a composer from underrepresented gender, racial, ethnic, or cultural heritages

4 standard orchestral excerpts


One movement from a sonata on primary instrument

One etude or excerpt on each of your doubles

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials to NYU Steinhardt, Office of Graduate Admissions, 82 Washington Square East, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10003-6680.  Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.