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High School Admissions

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To apply to Special Music School High School you must follow the guidelines outlined by the NYCDOE (HERE). Please complete your high school application through MySchools and then indicate your interest in auditioning for SMS. If you do not currently have a MySchools account, you can create yours HERE. If you have questions regarding your Myschools account, please contact your school guidance counselor. 

SMS plans to offer virtual auditions for the 2022-23 school year unless there are specific needs that require an in-person audition. Please submit your audition through the Myschools audition tool. If you have questions about SMS, you may email hsadmissions@specialmusicschool.org.

Please contact admissions at hsadmissions@specialmusicschool.org if you have any questions.

SMS High School’s music program  is rooted in the classical tradition, its performance and its composition. Students wishing to audition may sign up to audition in the 3 Concentrations that organize the students:

  • Vocal Concentration – for singers
  • Composition Concentration – for those interested in composing
  • Instrumental Concentration – for those that play an instrument. SMS teaches students in the instrumental program on the following instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophones trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone, tuba and percussion.

Audition Requirements

We ask all students to prepare 1 or 2 pieces that best reflect their current playing ability. Some suggested repertoire includes:

Students should submit instrumental and vocal auditions via the DOE Audition Tool for the 2021-22 admissions. Students will have access to the Audition Tool on the DOE website after they apply. Application form.