Please note: NEC is not accepting undergraduate Historical Performance applications at this time.
Live auditions at NEC are required for all Historical Performance applicants living in North America, as well as all DMA applicants.
Prescreening recordings are required for all DMA applicants. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application. DMA prescreening recordings should follow the live audition requirements. After review, qualified applicants will be invited for a live audition at NEC.
MM and GD applicants are not required to submit a prescreening recording.
Live Audition Repertoire
Early Woodwinds and Strings: Slow and fast movements from Italianate and French works
Harpsichord: A J.S. Bach prelude and fugue; a work by Couperin or his school
Fortepiano: A sonata each by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
Final Audition Recording (video only)
Applicants residing outside of North America who are not applying to the DMA program may be considered for admission based on the submission of a final recorded audition. Given the competitive nature of our programs, applicants are strongly encouraged to present a live audition at NEC.
Repertoire requirements for the final video audition recording are the same as those for live auditions. Final audition video recordings are due by February 1, but all other application and supporting materials are due by December 1. No recording will be reviewed without a completed application.