• New Student Application Process

    Interested students should complete the Mannes Prep 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.

    We are currently accepting applications for spring 2018 and the 2018-2019 school year. The Mannes Prep program is designed with a year-long curriculum in mind; however, we do offer limited mid-year auditions. Mid-year auditions are subject to availability and the application deadline is Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Please note that the nature of the year-long curriculum prevents us from accepting mid-year applications from beginning students. The application deadline for fall 2018 is April 15, 2018.

    Audition Dates

    Spring 2018 Mid-Year Auditions

    • Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    Fall 2018 Auditions

    • Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Strings, Guitar, Piano, and Program for the Very Young
    • Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Voice, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Composition

    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. The nature of the year-long curriculum prevents us from accepting mid-year applications from beginning students. Beginners should apply in spring 2018 for entry in fall 2018.

    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