Audition recordings are required for all applicants to NEC. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your recording files as part of your online application.
Applicants must also submit a Contemporary Improvisation short essay in place of the third short essay topic in the online application. The essay should explain your reasons for choosing this major, including a short statement describing your musical influences and background.
Audition Repertoire Guidelines
Applicants should perform two pieces, at least one of which should be unaccompanied:
- A re-composition of an existing piece which can serve as a point of departure to express your personal musical style. You should take a leadership role in the piece and be the primary soloist, arranger, and musical director.
- An original composition, another original interpretation of an existing piece, or a structured improvisation.
NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.
Applicants may be contacted to arrange a streaming video interview and aural skills assessment (including interval and chord identification and melodic and rhythmic retention) in February or early March. There would also be a short written Aural Skills assessment.