Master of Music and Graduate Diploma Pre-Screening and Live Audition Procedures for Fall 2017


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Pre-Screening Procedures

Applicants to the following majors* are required to submit pre-screening materials within the online application by the appropriate application deadline:

  • Cello (audio recordings);
  • Collaborative Piano (audio-visual recordings);
  • Composition (scores and recordings);
  • Double Bass (audio-visual recordings);
  • Flute (audio-visual recordings);
  • Horn (audio-visual OR audio recordings);
  • Jazz Studies (audio recordings);
  • Orchestral Conducting (audio-visual recordings);
  • Percussion (audio-visual recordings);
  • Piano (audio-visual recordings);
  • Tenor Trombone (audio-visual recordings);
  • Trumpet (audio recordings);
  • Viola (audio recordings);
  • Violin (audio recordings);
  • Voice (audio recordings).

In general, we cannot accept late pre-screening materials. Please see Late Application/Pre-Screening Materials Policies for more information.

To submit pre-screening materials:

  1. You must upload all required pre-screening materials to your online application.
  2. Do not mail CDs, DVDs, or any other pre-screening materials to Juilliard, as they are no longer accepted in these formats.
  3. Unless otherwise specified, you should put the pre-screening requirement which represents your best work first, then the other required materials.
  4. Pre-screening components (and any individual movements or excerpts within each component) must be in separate digital files. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc. Be sure to clearly label each uploaded file.
  5. Juilliard strongly encourages applicants to complete their uploads well in advance of application deadlines!
  • In many cases, it is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials (check your department's specific requirements). However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the departmental requirements.
  • For Classical Music applicants, all works with accompaniment must be performed with piano accompaniment on the pre-screening recordings, unless otherwise specified in the pre-screening repertoire section.
  • Jazz Studies applicants: all pre-screening selections require accompaniment. It must be either instrumental accompaniment or a sounding metronome. The metronome should beat half notes on 1 and 3 or 2 and 4. If purposely rubato, the metronome can be stopped. Selections should be no more than four minutes in length.
  • Recordings must be genuinely performed by applicants and may not be edited, nor should any effects such as “reverb” be added.
  • To ensure that poor recording quality does not interfere with faculty’s ability to review the material, avoid distortion, excessive “buzz,” and ensure that accompaniment is not louder than the applicant (where applicable).
  • Applicants should review their pre-screening recordings before uploading to ensure that they are of good quality and represent their best work to date.
  • Pre-screening materials become the property of The Juilliard School and will not be returned. We encourage you to keep a copy for your records.
  • Current Juilliard College and B-C-J Exchange Students are not required to submit pre-screening materials, unless they are applying to different majors.
  • Formerly enrolled Juilliard College Students are required to submit pre-screening materials to the majors listed above.

Applicants to the majors listed above whose materials pass pre-screening will be invited to the required live audition in New York, at The Juilliard School. Notification of pre-screening status will be provided to all applicants approximately one month prior to auditions. Applicants for majors that do not require pre-screening materials will automatically be scheduled for an audition.

*Historical Performance applicants are not required to submit pre-screening materials; all applicants will be scheduled for a live audition. However, as a special service to students from abroad, video recordings of the applicants performing the required audition repertoire may be submitted well in advance of December 1 to determine the advisability of travel for a personal audition. However, the application must still be submitted by December 1. Send DVDs in U.S. format as per these instructions. Please note: the application fee is not refundable, regardless of the outcome of this assessment.

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Notes on Repertoire

  • Many departments require recordings of the required repertoire for pre-screening purposes.
  • All applicants must prepare the complete required repertoire and follow all instructions indicated.
  • Insufficient or incomplete audition repertoire may affect consideration for admission.
  • Where specific works are required, substitutions are not allowed.
  • Please note that audition requirements which state a complete piece or work are indicating all movements must be prepared.
  • Applicants should first consult with their private teachers to determine the suitability of their proposed pre-screening/live audition repertoire. If there is any concern regarding the appropriateness of a particular piece, send an e-mail with the following information:
    • Your instrument
    • The degree level to which you are applying
    • The number of the specific requirement which concerns you
    • Your question regarding the requirement
    • (PIANISTS should list their complete proposed audition repertoire, as program length is a crucial factor in determining whether a work or works will satisfy the requirements.)
    • The correct e-mail address for repertoire concerns is repertoire@juilliard.edu. Due to the volume of e-mails, it may take seven to ten business days to respond to your e-mail; therefore, applicants should consider their department's repertoire requirements and submit any questions well in advance of application deadlines/live audition dates. Admissions cannot assist applicants regarding repertoire matters over the phone.
  • Applicants to piano, viola, and violin must list their proposed live audition repertoire in the online application. All other majors will be asked for their audition repertoire at a later date.
  • All applicants may update their proposed audition repertoire in advance of auditions, so long as the new works meet departmental requirements. Instructions on how to submit updated repertoire will be provided to auditioning applicants about a month before the live audiitons. Do not mail/e-mail/fax updated repertoire to Admissions unless asked to do so.
  • See here for required repertoire.

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  • For classical music applicants, all works with piano accompaniment must be accompanied for pre-screening recordings (if applicable) and the live audition. (For classical trumpet pre-screening materials, piano accompaniment is preferred but not required.)
  • We encourage you to use a Juilliard accompanist for your audition.
  • Accompanists will be provided free of charge for the audition; please note that accompanists charge fees for rehearsals.
  • A list of accompanists will be provided approximately two weeks before auditions. You must contact an accompanist from the list two weeks prior to your audition and provide him/her with a piano score of the repertoire for the audition.
  • Applicants who wish to bring their own accompanists may do so. Please note, however, that they will not be paid by Juilliard, nor can your Juilliard audition be rescheduled around your accompanist's availability.
  • If you plan to play with a Juilliard-provided accompanist, please carefully consider general familiarity of your repertoire. Juilliard cannot guarantee accompanists will know unusual or non-standard repertoire. Please be particularly mindful to select contemporary works that have become standard repertoire or have piano parts which are easily sight read. If the Juilliard accompanists hired for your audition day are unable to learn or sight read a non-standard work, you may need to play that work unaccompanied.
  • Jazz Studies applicants: all pre-screening selections require accompaniment. It must be either instrumental accompaniment or a sounding metronome (see above). For your live audition, accompanying musicians will be provided by Juilliard, where needed. For your live audition, a rhythm section, knowledgeable of all the pre-screening selections, will accompany you.
  • Collaborative Piano applicants: please refer to the Collaborative Piano audition requirements regarding the audition partner guidelines.

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Practice Rooms During Auditions

The Juilliard School does not have practice space for applicants except on the assigned audition date. Practice space is available on the day of your audition on a first-come, first-served basis, with a brief designated warm-up time immediately preceding your audition.

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English Language Interview 

All applicants who either have TOEFL scores lower than 95 or were granted TOEFL waivers must complete an interview with the Office of International Advisement (Room 245) during the audition period. This interview is an essential component for the Admissions Committee in making admissions decisions. It is important to note that this interview does not replace a TOEFL score, nor can a member of the International Advisement staff waive the English Language Proficiency requirement.

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All musicians will play for the faculty once. Only Flute, Historical Performance, Jazz Studies, Orchestral Conducting and Voice have callbacks. Callbacks will take place on the same day as the applicant’s scheduled audition (except for Orchestral Conducting). Applicants must be available until 10 p.m. for callbacks. Please refer to the live audition requirements for these majors for specific callback procedures. If an applicant is not called back, he/she may reasonably conclude that he/she is no longer under serious consideration for admission.

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Criteria for Acceptance

  • A serious commitment to music training and a career in music performance.
  • A potential for meeting the technical standards of Juilliard’s professional training program in the major field.
  • Exceptional talent and potential as a performer.
  • Broad and thoughtful interest in the world of music, including its historical traditions and contemporary trends.
  • A clear dedication to artistic excellence and a desire to exercise artistic leadership.
  • A high level and quality of previous training and musicianship.
  • A capacity for sustained, disciplined practice.
  • Ability to sight-read music.
  • Personal maturity and a generosity of spirit essential to ensemble work.

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