• New Student Application Process

    Although Mannes Prep's primary auditions for fall took place in May, we are still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year as space allows. Interested students should complete the Mannes Prep Online Application and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received and space is limited, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. New students are admitted to Mannes Prep after passing a faculty audition and a music theory placement test. We will reach out to all late applicants in August to schedule an audition.

    Audition Dates

      Fall 2018 Late Auditions

      • Date TBA in August and/or September before the start of classes. 
      • Families who have completed the full online application and paid the application fee will be contacted by the Mannes Prep office via email in August to coordinate audition dates and times.

      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 one another 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