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Advanced Diploma in Classical Instrumental Performance

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

Academic Plan Code: CLAS

Degree: ADPL

Credits: 18

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Summer: n/a
Fall: January 6

Program Information
Brass Studies
Percussion Studies
String Studies
Woodwind Studies

Admissions Requirements

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.


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.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

2020-21 UPDATE

The impact of COVID-19 has complicated the 2020-21 audition cycle. Please note that there will be some changes regarding the audition process. All final auditions for either Spring or Fall 2021 will be conducted online or via video submissions. Please contact the individual program directors for more information.

All prospective students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition.

See audition details for:

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 remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. 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.


Brass Studies

Audition Details and Requirements

You should submit an audition video online via GetAcceptd.

  • Prepare two contrasting études, two contrasting solo movements, and four orchestral excerpts
  • Accompanists are not required

If you have any questions, please contact Wayne du Maine, Director of Brass Studies, at

Percussion Studies

Schedule Your Audition

Upon submitting your application and materials, contact Professor Jonathan Haas immediately at to schedule your Zoom audition date and time. There is no prescreen required for the NYU Percussion Program and there will be no in-person auditions for 2021.

Audition Dates

Zoom auditions will be held on the following dates:

Sunday, January 31, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Monday, February 8, 2021
Friday, February 12, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021

Please contact Professor Jonathan Haas immediately at upon submitting your application to schedule your Zoom audition date and time. 

Additional Notes

  • If you are unable to hold your audition via Zoom due to instrument access or internet connection, you may choose to submit an audition video via GetAcceptd. You must notify the Percussion program of your intention to do so in advance. We will also schedule a Zoom interview or phone call with all applicants that submit audition videos. 
  • If you are unavailable for the audition dates above, but still want to audition via Zoom, additional dates can be scheduled on a case-by-case basis with Professor Haas.
  • 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 Details and 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

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 Jonathan Haas ( and Sean Statser ( in advance of your audition or video recording.​​​

String Studies

Submit Your Prescreen Video

All prospective String Studies graduate students are required to submit an online prescreen video via GetAcceptd.

Prescreen Deadline: Prescreen videos are due December 1, 2020.

Prescreen Details and Requirements

Please prepare the following for your prescreen:

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

Bass and harp: two contrasting movements

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

All final String Studies auditions for either spring or fall 2021 will be video submissions. Applicants must upload audition videos with the required repertoire. Audio-only recordings are not accepted for either prescreen or final auditions. As part of your audition experience, you will be invited to participate in a live interaction/interview with members of the string faculty via Zoom. Invitations for final audition/interviews will be sent out no later than January 10, 2021.

Monday, February 15, 2021: Final video auditions due
Week of February 15, 2021: Zoom interviews

Please contact with any questions.

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. 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 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

Woodwind Studies

Audition Deadline and Requirements

All prospective Advanced Diploma students are required to submit an audition video online via GetAcceptd.

Performances of three complete contrasting works of contrasting genres are required; one piece must be contemporary.

The submission deadline is February 20, 2021.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kaitlyn Walker at