Artful Timpani Auditioning Seminar

Artful Timpani Auditioning Seminar

The Artful Timpani Auditioning Seminar is designed around applied auditioning skills for timpanists. It’s been formulated around the reality that auditioning is a vital skill set for all instrumental musicians, regardless of career path intention. Ambitious timpanists from the high school level up through seasoned professionals will necessarily find themselves in high pressure audition situations throughout their careers, whether for a youth orchestra, undergraduate conservatory, summer festival, graduate program, regional orchestra, or a full-time professional orchestra. This process places unique demands on timpanists as a subset of the broader percussion community, and we will leverage the singular locus of timpani-auditioning expertise afforded by NYU faculty and the extended New York City timpani community.



July 14 - July 18, 2019

Required Student Orientation: July 14 at 3:00pm

Application Deadline:

Priority Deadline: May 1st, 2019

Final Deadline: May 15th, 2019

Costs & Fees: $55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$850 (Tuition)
$437 (On-Campus Housing and Required Meal Plan)
International Applicant/Student Fee Information
Intended For: High School 
Post-College and Graduate Students
Continuing Professionals


Program Description and Faculty

The centerpiece of this workshop is a multi-round mock-audition, with adjudication and detailed feedback provided after every round by timpanists of Lincoln Center including:

  • Jason Haaheim (Director), co-principal timpanist, MET Orchestra 
  • Parker Lee, co-principal timpanist, MET Orchestra 
  • Steven White, assistant timpanist, MET Orchestra
  • Pablo Rieppi, New York City Ballet Orchestra

The mock audition will take place in Steinhardt’s Loewe Theatre. The audition will be blind for all rounds, with a screen setup in the audience to shield the players from view of the committee, and a second screen setup in the auditorium to provide an area where all participants can get to hear other players, keep their own notes, and compare them to the “official jury.” All audition rounds will be video- and audio-recorded, with attendees’ individual portions made available to them post-seminar.

The mock audition will be preceded by masterclasses and presentations by the guest artists indicated above. Presentations will be crafted around themes of applied auditioning skills, while still including foundational and technical information. Attendees will be expected to perform in timpani excerpt masterclasses, with everyone receiving at least 30 minutes of masterclass time. With generous support from Adams, attendees will be playing on two sets of Adams Dresden Classic timpani.

Attendees will be treated to a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera, including a chance to play timpani in the pit and listen from the audience. Attendees will also get to attend an evening performance of the Mostly Mozart Festival, and meet principal timpanist David Punto.

Sunday, July 14th
9:00am - 3:00pm Housing Check In
3:00pm - 4:00pm NYU Summer Programs Orientation
4:00pm - 7:00pm Practice Time
7:00pm - 8:30pm Timpani Guild Orientation with Jason Haaheim and Jonathan Haas
8:30pm - 10:00pm Rapid Fire "Intake Audition"
10:00pm - 11:00pm Practice Time
Monday, July 15th
7:00am - 10:00am Practice Time
10:00am - 12:00pm Presentation Session No. 1 with Jonathan Haas
12:00pm - 1:00pm Excerpts Masterclass
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 4:00pm Presentation Session No. 2 with Jason Haaheim
4:00pm - 5:00pm Excerpts Masterclass
5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner
6:00pm - 7:00pm Excerpts Masterclass
7:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation Session No. 3 with Ian Sullivan
9:00pm - 11:00pm Excerpts Masterclass
Tuesday, July 16th
7:00am - 10:00am Practice Time
10:00am - 12:00pm Presentation Session No. 4 with Parker Lee
12:00pm - 1:00pm Excerpts Masterclass
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 4:00pm Presentation Session No. 5 with Steven White
4:00pm - 5:00pm Excerpts Masterclass
5:00pm - 5:30pm Coffee Break 
5:30pm - 7:30pm Presentation Session No. 6 with Jason Haaheim
7:30pm - 9:00pm Dinner and Transit
9:00pm - 11:00pm MET Evening Tour and Pit Playing
Wednesday, July 17th
7:00am - 10:00am Warmup Time
10:00am - 4:30pm Mock Audition Prelims (Loewe Theatre)
4:30pm - 6:00pm Dinner (Catered) and Prelims Debriefing
6:00pm - 7:00pm Transit
7:30pm - 9:30pm Mostly Mozart Festival Performance
Thursday, July 18th
7:00am - 10:00am Warmup Time
10:00am - 12:30pm Mock Audition Semis (Loewe Theatre) with Prelims Listening
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch (Catered) and Semis Debriefing 
1:30pm - 4:00pm Mock Audition Finals (Loewe Theatre) with Everyone Listening
4:00pm - 5:30pm Finals Debriefing, Awarding Prizes, and Closing Session

Minimum age allowed in NYU on-campus housing for a MPAP Summer Program is 15 years old.

  • Housing is not required, students may commute and will not be charged for housing/meal plan. Residential students will be housed in Weinstein Hall.
  • Summer housing application instructions are provided to admitted students only.
Meal Plan
  • Students staying in housing are required to have a meal plan (automatically assigned to student accounts when assigned a room in a residence hall).
  • 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week (if desired, admitted students can increase meal plan)

Move In Date: July 14, 2019
Move Out Date: July 20, 2019

  • Move In for programs will take place on the Sunday before the start of the program. Move Out will be on the Saturday after the last day of the program. Students must check out by 11am.  

Costs and Fees
 US StudentsInternational Students
Application Fee (paid at the end of Accepted application) $55 $55
Tuition Cost $850 $850
Housing and Meal Plan (if on-campus) $437 $437
Programming Fee  $80 $80
Health Insurance Not Applicable $355 Comprehensive Plan

Accepted students will confirm their attendance once they have paid the enrollment deposit (detailed instructions provided in acceptance email). Residential students will have successfully registered for housing once they have paid the housing deposit and completed the housing application (sent via email after student confirms their attendance).

$150 Enrollment deposit:
  • Accepted applicants will make an enrollment deposit of $150 in order to confirm their attendance to their NYU MPAP Summer Program. Payment instructions are provided within the initial acceptance email.
$500 Housing deposit:
  • If staying in on-campus housing, students are required to pay a $500 deposit to reserve a space in housing.
  • The housing deposit is a portion of the housing charges, and is NOT a separate or added fee.
  • The housing deposit is applied to any housing charges on your bill. Any excess balance remaining will be applied to tuition fees or refunded to the student.

Please note: Application Fee, Enrollment Deposit and Housing Deposit are not refundable.

Paying the remaining balance

After paying the deposit(s), students are responsible for paying the remaining balance prior to the start of the program. While the remaining tuition may be posted immediately after deposits are made, the remaining housing bills are not sent until 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. Payment by credit card is not accepted by the Bursar's office to pay remaining balances, please contact the Bursars Office directly for questions about payment.

All fees, tuition and housing costs are charged to the students eSuites (online student billing system and personal account) via the NYU Bursars Office. Read instructions on accessing the eSuites account.

For information, see the Summer Finances page.

All communications and admission decisions are provided via email (email account used when application was created).

Many program directors make admission decisions on a rolling basis once a completed application is received. However, applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision email no later than two weeks after the final application deadline date.

Scholarships will not be provided to attendees of this summer workshop.

Current NYU Students please see page here for information on how to apply!


 Check List | Mandatory Health Insurance | Have Questions?

 As an international student, it is in your best interest to apply early! This will allow enough time between being admitted to a program and the start of the program to complete all international applicant steps via the NYU Office of Global Services and obtain the required F1 Student Visa from your countries consulate or embassy.

As such, International students must complete the 2-step 2018 MPAP Summer Programs Application in full by the Priority Application Deadline that correlates with your program of interest or by the Final Application Deadline if your program does not require a Priority Application Deadline.

Note: International student application requirements vary for programs occurring abroad (i.e. programs not on Washington Square Campus)

International Applicant Information

Proof of English Proficiency (Required to Complete Application Step-1)

International students must provide English language proficiency. 

English Language Testing Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you may be asked to show your proficiency by taking one of the following tests (results must be from the last two years):

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic)
  • CAE or CPE (Cambridge English: Advanced of Proficiency)
Who is exempt from English language proficiency testing?

Exemption will be given in the following circumstances:

  • If your native language is English;
  • If you are an applicant from the following country: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or Singapore;
  • If you have been studying in a school or college/university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 3 full years at the time of your application; or
  • If your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.

*If you are UNABLE to submit your proof of English language using one of the formats listed above, you must email detailing your reason why and be sure to include the name of the program you are applying for.  We will contact you to discuss alternative options.*

I-20/DS-2019 and Visa Information

NYU requires students enrolling in courses (this includes summer students) to be at a ststus that would allow study such as a F-1 or J-1 visa. The NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) can assist you in obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019 to process your F-1 or J-1 visa. Once you have completed a program application, you will receive instructions for submitting the I-20/DS-2019 documentation. Contact OGS with specific visa related questions at You must be enrolled as a full-time student. All MPAP Programs are full-time and zero credit courses. 

* International students are NOT permitted to study on a B-1 (tourist) visa

Please Note: International students currently studying in the US (at NYU or at another academic institution) who currently are in a F-1 or J-1 visa status are not required to submit additional visa documentation in order to enroll in summer courses at NYU. Unless they need to transfer their SEVIS record to NYU.  Please contact OGS directly if this is the case.

International Student Check-In

Upon arrival in the United States, all international students must attend an International Student Check-In with the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) in order to be in compliance. Prior to the start of your program, you will receive information from OGS about your scheduled check-in date and time.  

Mandatory Health Insurance

  • At NYU, Student Health Insurance is required for F-1 and J-1 students.
  • International students are automatically enrolled in a Summer Term health insurance policy at a flat rate (comprehensive plan), but students have the option to downgrade to the basic policy if eligible.
    • To downgrade your Health Insurance plan, you must  contact the NYU Student Health Center to see if you are eligible. For more information, visit the Student Health Center website.

Have Questions?

If you are in need of further assistance please contact the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) with specific visa related questions at, and be sure to include that you are applying to one of the "Steinhardt MPAP Summer Programs" and your full name. You can also contact MPAP Summer Programs at or 212 998 5438.

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