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How to Audition

BM, Piano Studies

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

Piano Studies will accept video auditions as well as in-person auditions for Fall 2024 admission. Video auditions and live auditions will be given equal consideration.

Live auditions will be held on the first two weekends of February 2024. (Note that Early Decision I and II applicants must audition via video.)

Applicants requesting a live audition must fill out the audition form by January 15, 2024. Those submitting video auditions must use the GetAcceptd protocol.

Early Decision I Application Deadline: November 1, 2023
Early Decision I Video Submission Deadline: November 6, 2023
Early Decision II Application Deadline: January 1, 2024
Early Decision II Video Submission Deadline: January 8, 2024
Regular Decision Application: January 5, 2024
Regular Decision Video Submission Deadline: February 15, 2024

Audition Details and Requirements

Audition repertoire must be memorized and works prepared in their entirety. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis; applicants with questions should contact Dr. Manuel Laufer.

Video auditions must contain the complete audition repertoire, played in its entirety. Individual works may not be edited, and it is preferred that all repertoire be recorded in a single take. 

Required Repertoire

Undergraduate applicants must present four works, selected from five possible eras: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Post-1945. The following, sometimes overlapping timespans should be used as a reference. No two pieces chosen should be from the same time period or overlapping years.

  • Baroque (to ca. 1750)
  • Classical (ca. 1750–ca. 1830)
  • Romantic (ca. 1830–1899)
  • Modern (1900–1945)
  • Post-1945 (1945–2022); original compositions may also be offered as a supplement, but not instead of this requirement.