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How to Audition

BM, Music Performance

All prospective and transfer students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt in addition to submitting their audition video. All applicants to the Jazz Studies program are considered for a variety of talent-based awards without further application. Apply for undergraduate study.

Submit Your Audition Video

All undergraduate applicants – freshmen and transfers – must send the link to an online audition video uploaded to YouTube (see instructions below). Due to the ongoing pandemic, the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies Program is going digital this year. This means that no in-person auditions will be held. Instead, applicants will be evaluated based on their video submission and will not have to audition in person. We look forward to hearing you play.  

Please review the following deadlines for Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision applicants. You must submit your audition video online by the dates listed. Materials submitted after these dates may not be accepted. Please remember to attach the information sheet to your email with your YouTube video submission. See below for more information about your audition video.

It is highly recommended to play with a band and not use a play-along recording. However, we understand that the current circumstances might pose a health risk to forming bands for the purpose of recording your audition video. Therefore, playing along with a recording is permitted as an exception.

Audition Video Deadlines

November 1, 2021: Early Decision I
January 1, 2022: Early Decision II
January 5, 2022: Regular Decision

Audition Video Details and Requirements

Required repertoire for the audition video:

  1. Blues in F: “Billie’s Bounce” (Charlie Parker)
  2. Jazz standard: "All the Things You Are" (Jerome Kern)
  3. Your choice of an up-tempo standard
  4. Your choice of an original composition (optional)


The audition committee is looking to establish your proficiency. Please make sure your video features you as the soloist. Make sure that at the beginning of the video you:

  • State your name and instrument clearly

  • State if you are auditioning for the graduate or undergraduate program at NYU Steinhardt

After you complete the video audition recording, post your video on YouTube following the instructions below.

YouTube Video Submission Instructions

Please title the video following this structure: NYU JAZZ Audition: Your last name, instrument, degree level.

Example: NYU JAZZ Audition: Smith, trumpet, UNDERGRADUATE.

Set up your video on YouTube as an unlisted video. An unlisted video is a different type of private video. "Unlisted" means that only people who know the link to the video can view it. This is what we prefer.

You can choose to make any of your uploads unlisted in your YouTube Account settings. Here’s how:

  1. Sign into your YouTube Account

  2. Go to your My Videos page

  3. Select the video which you’d like to make an unlisted video. Click the “Edit” button to access the video’s settings.

  4. Go to the Privacy section of the page. There you’ll see the option to mark your video as “unlisted,” “public,” or “private.” Select unlisted.

  5. Don’t forget to click the “Save Changes” button. Once you’ve done this your video will be an unlisted video.

Please test the link before you submit it. You can log out of YouTube and send the link to a second email address you may have or to a family member to test.

Please attach your completed information sheet to your email with your YouTube unlisted video links and send to Dr. Timo Vollbrecht at Please write only your last name, instrument, and degree level in the subject line. For example: SMITH, trumpet, UNDERGRADUATE.