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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 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.

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, 2020: Preferred deadline
January 1, 2021: Final deadline

Regular Decision

December 1, 2020: Preferred deadline
January 5, 2021: 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 16, 2020: Final EDI video auditions due
Monday, November 16, or Tuesday, November 17, 2020: EDI Zoom interviews

Early Decision II

Invitations for final audition/interviews will be sent out no later than January 10, 2021.

Monday, January 18, 2021: Final EDII video auditions due
Week of January 18, 2021: EDII Zoom interviews

Regular Decision

Invitations for final audition/interviews will be sent out no later than January 10, 2021.

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

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 Bridget Kibbey (bak3@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.