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All prospective and transfer students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition. Apply for undergraduate study.

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2021–2022 UPDATE

While NYU is operating in-person, for the continued safety of all involved, we will hold final spring 2022 auditions via Zoom or video submission. However, under current NYU and public health guidelines, applicants may request an in-person audition (subject to NYU approval). An in-person audition is not required – remote or video auditions may be submitted and will receive equal consideration.

Upon submitting your application and materials, contact Jonathan Haas (jonathan.haas@nyu.edu) and Sean Statser (sjs512@nyu.edu) to schedule your audition date and time. There is no prescreen required for the NYU Percussion Program.

Audition Dates

Early Decision I 

Audition deadline is Monday, November 22, 2021. Please contact Jonathan Haas and Sean Statser upon submitting your application. Zoom auditions for EDI are scheduled on a case-by-case basis. 

Early Decision II

Audition deadline is Friday, January 21, 2022.  Please contact Jonathan Haas and Sean Statser upon submitting your application. Auditions for EDII are scheduled on a case-by-case basis.

Regular Decision

Auditions will be held on the following dates:

Sunday, February 6, 2022
Monday, February 7, 2022
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Monday, February 14, 2022
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Sunday, February 27, 2022

Please contact Jonathan Haas and Sean Statser upon submitting your application to schedule your audition date and time.

Remote or Video Auditions

If invited for a final audition, applicants will be asked if they would prefer to play for the faculty live via Zoom or to submit a final recorded video audition via the GetAcceptd protocol, accompanied by a live Zoom interview.

On Campus In-Person Auditions

NYU is currently following, and will continue to follow, the prevailing guidance from the CDC and the New York State and New York City Health Departments, and the advice of NYU’s medical consultants. While our full intention is to provide an option for in-person auditions for fully-vaccinated individuals, be advised that NYU reserves the right to adjust and/or cancel in-person auditions if public health circumstances change or evolve. For the latest information on NYU’s COVID actions and policies, please visit the NYU Returns hub.

To Request an On Campus In-Person Audition

  • Request an in-person audition by filling out a request form.
  • You and your guest will each receive an email from NYU Campus Safety with instructions to upload your proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Once approved to be on campus, you and your guest will be required to use the Daily Screener to enter NYU buildings on the day of your in-person audition. You must also bring a copy of your confirmation email from NYU Campus Safety.
  • NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email from NYU Campus Safety or cannot complete the Daily Screener, you will not be permitted to enter NYU buildings. If you are accompanied by a different, unapproved guest, that guest will not be permitted to enter NYU buildings. Unfortunately, nothing that can be done on the day of the audition to allow access if these situations occur.

Additional Notes 

  • 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.
  • Prospective transfer students: Though NYU's deadline for Spring transfer admission is November 1 and our deadline for Summer / Fall transfer admission is April 1, we suggest that you submit your Common Application one month in advance. Submitting your Common Application early will leave you more time to schedule an audition by our deadlines above.

Repertoire

  • Snare drum
    • Delecluse solo #1 or Cirone solo
    • Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade or Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf excerpt
  • Marimba
    • Two or Four Mallet solo of your choosing
  • Timpani
    • Firth solo etude or March by Elliot Carter from Eight Pieces for Solo Timpani
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Mvt 1, start from letter T (to end of passage) or Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 Scherzo
  • Xylophone
    • Gershwin's Porgy and Bess or Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon excerpt
  • Multi solo (optional)
    • Final solo in Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat

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 (jonathan.haas@nyu.edu) and Sean Statser (sjs512@nyu.edu) in advance of your audition or video recording.

At the conclusion of your audition you will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What are your goals and aspirations as a college student?
  • Why have you chosen to apply to NYU Steinhardt?
  • If chosen to come to NYU Steinhardt, what would you find most meaningful and important, in beginning your studies, both academically and musically?