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Strings Summer Intensive

The NYU Steinhardt Summer Strings Audition Workshop is open to today’s most talented and promising young musicians, offering intensive training for entrance auditions, orchestral auditions and competitions. Chamber music is central to the workshop, and students receive regular coachings in addition to private lessons. The intensity of the schedule and exacting performance standards make SummerStrings most appropriate for serious, dedicated musicians ages 15-25. Other ages will be considered on a case by case basis.

The audition workshop will give you the skills you need to forge ahead with confidence! Under the guidance of NYU Steinhardt string faculty members, many of whom have won major competitions and orchestral auditions, you will spend your days putting together the elements needed for a successful audition. Performance psychologist Noa Kageyama, also known as the “Bulletproof Musician,” will direct workshops on centering, mental practice and discovering your ideal formula for audition preparation. Faculty will assist you in preparing solo Bach, concerti, orchestral excerpts, showpieces and etudes.

Program Dates

June 29 – July 17, 2020

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: March 15, 2020
Final Deadline: April 1, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1,800 (Tuition)
$1,347 (On-Campus Housing and Required Meal Plan)
$120 (Programming Fee)
Scholarships and Financial Aid Available

Intended For

High School (14 +. Minimum age for students in need of housing is 15.)
Graduate Students

SummerStrings is pleased to offer Alexander Technique sessions to correct posture and teach bodily self-awareness. Participants who struggle with persistent bad habits have the opportunity to learn a ground-breaking method of overcoming them in as little as an hour. A select few participants will also have the opportunity to make a fully edited recording in NYU Steinhardt’s state-of-the-art James L. Dolan Studio.

Upon completion of the course, you will have a clearer understanding of the audition process that will enable you to achieve your goals!

Both programs include:

  • Two private lessons and two chamber coachings per week
  • Two hours of daily chamber music rehearsal 
  • Daily master classes and seminars on a series of topics ranging from building confidence through audition strategies to developing one’s musical voice through improvisation and freedom of expression
  • At least three hours of daily practice time
  • Performance opportunities at bi-weekly student performances and chamber music recitals
  • Evening and weekend activities that often include NY Philharmonic concerts, Broadway plays, Yankees and Mets games, sightseeing in New York City, and visits to museums

The College Audition Workshop is open to high school sophomores and juniors. The Graduate School/Competition Audition Workshop is open to current college students. 

Audition Requirements

Submit a recording with two contrasting movements or works from the solo repertoire.


Shmuel Ashkenasi

Professor of Violin and Chamber Music

Cyrus Beroukhim

Music Associate Professor of String Studies

Elizabeth Faidley

String Summer Faculty

Meghan Todt Williams

Program Administrator and Instructor: Orchestras and Strings

Stephanie Baer

Music Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education

Katharina Kang

Professor of Viola and Chamber Music

Wendy Richman

Music Adjunct Faculty

Carol Ou

Music Adjunct Faculty

Noa Kageyama

Performance Psychologist

Summer 2020

The 2020 summer programs application is open. Start your application today!

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Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

Housing Information

All you need to know about NYU summer program housing including rates, meal plans, services, and check-in/out.

International Student Information

An application checklist and information on English proficiency testing, visas, and health insurance for students from outside the United States.

Contact Us

Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438

Academic Content 
Stephanie Baer
String Studies Director

Cyrus Beroukhim
Associate Music Professor