The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music



All vocalists who live in North America are required to audition live in New York City. Those who live elsewhere have the option of auditioning live at The New School, at one of our international auditions, or by submitting an audition recording. The required audition content is the same regardless of audition method.

Voice Audition Requirements

The audition consists of three jazz standards performed with a rhythm section provided by The New School. Each applicant must perform

  • One up-tempo tune
  • One ballad
  • One blues tune

Vocalists are expected to demonstrate their vocal quality, range, articulation, and ability to interpret a lyric using the melody of the song as written. They must use our vocal PA for the audition.

Recorded Auditions

Applicants who are submitting an audition recording should include the same repertoire as is required for the live audition. Recorded auditions must be performed with a live rhythm section. Once the recording is complete, applicants should submit it using Acceptd. The service fee is $25.

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