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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.

Submit Your Prescreen Video

All prospective students, except for Early Decision I applicants, are required to submit an online prescreen video via GetAcceptd.

Prescreen Deadlines

Early Decision II

December 1, 2021: Preferred deadline
January 1, 2022: Final deadline

Regular Decision

December 1, 2021: Preferred deadline
January 5, 2022: Final deadline

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.

Early Decision I

No prescreen is required for EDI applicants.

Monday, November 15, 2021: Final EDI recorded video auditions due
Week of November 15, 2021: EDI Zoom interviews or live Zoom auditions

Early Decision II

Invitations for final audition/interviews will be sent out no later than January 10, 2022.

Monday, January 17, 2022: Final EDII recorded video auditions due
Week of January 17, 2022: EDII Zoom interviews or live Zoom auditions

Regular Decision

Invitations for final audition/interviews will be sent out no later than January 10, 2022.

Saturday, February 19, 2022: Final regular decision recorded video auditions due
Week of February 21, 2022: Regular decision Zoom interviews or live Zoom auditions

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

  • Please be aware that follow-up auditions and interviews are only requested if the faculty would like more information on an applicant that would warrant a callback. Not being asked to interview does not mean that you have been rejected from NYU.
  • 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.

Audition Requirements

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

Violin repertoire:

  1. Two movements from the unaccompanied sonatas and partitas by Bach memorized
  2. A first or last movement from a standard concerto and/or other virtuosic solo piece memorized
  3. A movement of a sonata from the standard repertoire

Viola repertoire:

  1. Two movements from an unaccompanied Bach suite (originally for cello) or sonata or partita (originally for violin) memorized
  2. A first movement of a standard concerto memorized
  3. A movement of a standard sonata or a short work

Cello repertoire:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach suite memorized
  2. One movement of a standard concerto memorized
  3. A movement of a standard sonata or a short work

Double bass repertoire:

  1. A short étude (or a short portion) displaying technical proficiency
  2. Two contrasting movements from a Vivaldi or Marcello sonata or comparable work
  3. Two standard orchestral excerpts

Harp repertoire:

Note: Substitutions of equal level/ability may be made with a prior consultation with Professor Brandee Younger (bay209@nyu.edu).

  1. One Pozzoli étude (numbers 21–30)
  2. One movement from the Handel Concerto in B-flat Major (either Salzedo or Grandjany transcriptions)
  3. Tournier’s Au Matin or Debussy’s Premiere Arabesque.

Questions 

Professor Stephanie Baer
Professor Cyrus Beroukhim
Meghan Todt Williams
mpap-string-studies@nyu.edu