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MM, Vocal Performance: Contemporary Voice

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As of 12/1/2021, we are not accepting applications for Fall 2022 admission. Please check back for information regarding Fall 2023 admissions in September 2022.

Prepare for a career in the contemporary commercial music industry! This Vocal Performance master's specialization develops your skills through training in voice, acting, and stage performance; movement and dance for the stage; music business; and entrepreneurship. Steinhardt also offers concentrations in Classical Voice and Music Theatre.

Degree Name: Vocal Performance: Contemporary Voice

Academic Plan Code: MUVP

Degree: MM

Academic Sub-Plan Code: CTV

Credits: 32

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: n/a
Summer: n/a
Preferred Fall Deadline: December 15
Final Fall Deadline: January 6

Program Information
Program Website | 212-998-5424

Admissions Requirements

Basic competence in music history and theory is a prerequisite for all graduate degree programs in music. Entering graduate students are required to take advisory exams in both areas prior to arrival; placements will be determined by interpreting the exam results in light of your educational background and the degree program for which you are enrolled. Remedial courses cannot be used to meet degree requirements.

All Fall semester performance applicants who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards must submit their application materials by January 6. Once deadlines have passed, you may be considered for admission on a space-available basis and for talent-based scholarships if funds remain available. US students should also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to be considered for student loans and other school-based scholarships.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. We accept these document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Not required.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

By invitation, based on pre-screen. Please be aware that auditions are only requested if the faculty would like more information on an applicant that would warrant an audition. Not being asked to submit an audition does not mean that you have been rejected.

2022 audition dates: January 22, February 11, February 12, February 18, and March 11

Pre-Screening Materials

You are required to submit pre-screening materials to the portfolio section of the online application. The deadline to submit these materials is the same as the application deadline.   

Rather than a single long video, we would like three separate clips: the introduction, the first song, and the second song. It's easier for us to review and easier for you to shoot. We will not be influenced by the professional quality of the video. Please do not worry about any elaborate lighting or studio conditions.

Below are the requirements and suggestions for your material:

  • Introduction
    • Please clearly say your name, the city you are from, and the pieces that you are going to do.
    • Include the specialization for which you are auditioning (contemporary voice).
  • Two songs
    • Your two selections should be complete and contrasting songs.
    • Each selection should be no longer than four minutes.
    • Selections can include any genres you'd like: pop, rock, country, classical, jazz, musical theatre, R&B, etc.
    • Pick material that allows you to showcase your vocal versatility and your ability to sing across your vocal range. Please be sure to demonstrate proficiency in head-voice style of vocalism using legato lines.
    • We prefer that you have a live pianist accompany you, but due to the current circumstances a recorded track can be used, if necessary (no a cappella singing and no accompanying yourself).
    • Please make sure your voice can be heard above the accompaniment – try different distances from the sound source until you find the right balance between piano and voice.

Please upload a resume and a headshot or photograph along with your prescreen videos.

Please note: Auditioning is all too often the most difficult aspect of pursuing a career as a professional singer and actor. As a prospective student, try to think of your audition as a unique opportunity for you to introduce yourself to people who are your advocates and who very much want you to be good at what you do. This mind-set will serve you well in any audition situation. Always remember to take your time and to breathe. Your task is to share your talents – not to impress the auditors!

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.