• New Student Application Process

    Interested students should complete the Mannes Prep 2017-2018 Online Application and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75. New students are admitted to Mannes Prep after passing a faculty audition and a music theory placement test.

    Our main audition date passed in May, but we will be holding a set of late auditions at the end of the summer. The exact audition date has not yet been set, but it is typically right after Labor Day. Auditions are subject to availability and applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so we strongly encourage you to submit your application sooner rather than later. We will reach out to all late applicants to schedule auditions in mid-August.

    Audition Dates

    Fall 2017 Late Auditions 

    • TBA (typically right after Labor Day)
    • As of May 21, we are no longer accepting flute applications for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Audition Information

    • String, Guitar, Woodwind, Brass, and Piano students with prior experience should prepare two contrasting pieces and a major and minor scale of their choice. Accompanists are neither required nor provided for instrumentalists, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.
    • Vocalists should prepare two contrasting songs, one of which should be in English. An accompanist will be provided.
    • Composers should bring two scores of pieces they have written. Recordings are welcome but not required.
    • All auditionees take a music theory placement test to determine which theory class is best for them.
    • For young students who have not previously studied music, the audition is a chance for the faculty and student to get to know each other and determine the right fit, so no prepared performance is required.

    Continuing Students Renewal Process

    Returning students must renew by May 1 to ensure a place for the following year. Renewal instructions are emailed to families by the Prep office, and the process music must be completed and the nonrefundable tuition deposit paid, by May 1. Course schedules are emailed to continuing students shortly before the start of classes.

    For more information about the admission or renewal process, please email us at