Admissions

Audition Requirements

Admissions Contact

Department of Enrollment Management

300 Nassau Rd
Huntington, NY 11743

631-944-4400

admissions@mahanaim.com

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Performance

Voice
  • Choose 2 songs with different languages and tempi

  • Opera & Oratorio, sing in the original key

Piano
  • One fast movement of sonata by Beethoven

  • One étude from Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin

Violin
  • One movement of Bach's solo Sonata or Partita

  • Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto including cadenza (if applicable)

Viola
  • One movement of an unaccompanied Bach partita or suite

  • Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto including cadenza (if applicable)

Cello
  • One movement of Bach's suite for solo cello

  • Two contrasting movements of a standard Concerto including cadenza (if applicable)

Double Bass
  • Two contrasting movements from a concerto post 1830

  • One solo work from a different style and time period, i.e. Baroque suites or sonatas

Flute
  • Two contrasting movements of Mozart's Flute Concerto in G or in D.

  • One piece from the Flute Music by French Composers for flute and piano (ed. Louis Moyse)

Oboe
  • One virtuoso piece of choice

  • Two contrasting movements of a concerto from a standard repertoire (such as Mozart, Marcello, Strauss, etc.)

Clarinet
  • One virtuoso piece of choice

  • Two contrasting movements of Mozart or Weber concerto

Bassoon
  • One virtuoso piece of choice

  • Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto

Horn
  • One virtuoso piece of choice

  • Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto

Trumpet
  • One virtuoso piece of choice

  • Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concertos, or other solo works

Trombone
  • One virtuoso piece of choice

  • Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concertos, or other solo works

Tuba
  • One virtuoso piece of choice

  • Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concertos, or other solo works

Percussion
  • Snare Drum: One étude

  • Marimba: Two contrasting solos – one with two mallets, one with four mallets

  • Timpani: Two solo works – demonstrate the ability to tune intervals

Composition

Composition

* Live auditions will be processed after pre-screening is accepted

  1. Music Theory test
     

  2. Ear training test
     

  3. Piano

    • One movement piece from the Classic or Romantic period
       

  4. Compose 30 measures piano piece from a given theme (Free in style, duration: 4hours)
     

  5. Colloquium
    Through a 1:1 interview, talk about what you want to express in your work.
    (Live audition work and pre-screening work both)

Conducting

Orchestral Conducting

1.   Music Theory and Ear-training test
 

2.   Score Reading

     - Bach Chorales: be able to play all voice parts on the piano
 

3.   Piano test

     - One movement piece from the Classical or Romantic periods
 

4.   Conducting

- Two contrasting movements of a symphony from Mozart, Beethoven, or Haydn (one movement from the pre-screening)

- One overture (possible to perform the same repertoire with pre-screening)

- In the Live Audition, the applicant will perform one of the following:

1. with two piano accompaniments

2. a string quartet with two pianos

3. a string quartet with one piano.

- The applicant will be allowed briefly to rehearse one of the two pieces as part of the audition.

- The applicant will offer a brief explanation of one piece of music performed at the Live Audition. (Period, History, Structure, Harmony, Compositional style, etc.)

Choral Conducting

1.   Music Theory and Ear-training test
 

2.   Score Reading

     - Bach Chorales: be able to play all voice parts on the piano
 

3.   Singing test

     - Prepare to perform a single work for your voice of choice.
 

4.   Conducting

a. One choral work from the early Baroque to Romantic periods (different repertoire from pre-screening)

b. One choral ensemble piece from the pre-screening

- In the Live Audition, the applicant will perform with two piano accompanists or a small choral ensemble

- The applicant will be allowed briefly to rehearse one of the two pieces as part of the audition.

- The applicant will offer a brief explanation of one piece of music performed at the Live Audition. (Period, History, Structure, Harmony, Compositional style, etc.)