Auditions & Open Houses

Summer Auditions for Special Music School High School

Tuesday, July 30 & Tuesday, August 13, 3 pm
Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th St., New York, NY 10023
Upon arrival you will be greeted by staff members who will direct you to warm-up rooms.              

Are you a young musician searching for your perfect high school? Special Music School High School offers intensive music education programs alongside rigorous academics. Come audition to become a member of this extraordinary community of young musicians.

Please bring an extra copy of your music for the panel to view while you perform as well as copies of your transcript, your most recent report cards, and any test scores.

During your audition, you will be asked to play a piece, or two, that demonstrate(s) your abilities on your chosen instrument, or voice if you are a singer.

To register for an audition, please fill out the online Audition Request Form. After submitting the online application, you'll receive a confirmation email with the date and time of the audition. If you have questions, please contact Andrew Copper at

Learn more about eligibility and the high school entrance process at NYC Department of Education's High School information page.

Special Music School High School Concentrations
The 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 three concentrations:

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

Audition Requirements
We ask all students to prepare one or two pieces that best reflect their current playing ability. 

For those students interested in the Music Composition concentration, please submit a PDF of your written musical score (either handwritten or printed from music notation software) as well as a midi or live recording of your piece, if possible. Please email the score and, if it is available, your recording, to Andrew Copper, Special Music School High School Dean of Music:

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