Students wishing to major in Dance or Theatre MUST audition in the spring of their Senior year of high school. Manhattanville prefers that all applicants within 100 miles of campus schedule an on-campus audition.
Location: Manhattanville College Berman Dance Studio - Berman Student Center Room 204
All auditions will be via Video Submissions
If you are a current Manhattanville student and would like to audition to be a Dance major, please contact FPA@mville.edu
Students do not need to audition to be a minor in Dance.
Audition Requirements for B.A. in Dance
To schedule an audition, please observe the following guidelines:
A completed application for admission to Manhattanville College is required.
Submit an audition application and schedule a time online through Acceptd. Upload the following documents to Acceptd:
A dance resume detailing when, where, and how long you have trained, your performance experience and any other skills you may have
Please include a headshot and/or photo.
Letter of Interest
Transcripts from most recent schooling
Prepare a 2-minute dance piece. Modern, ballet, or jazz. It may be performed with or without music.
Please bring your own recording. Choreography/choreographer is your choice. Wear clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for a dance audition.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education/Master of Arts in Teaching (5 years)
Master of Arts in Teaching
Minor in Music (no audition required)
Manhattanville prefers that all applicants within 100 miles of campus schedule an on-campus audition.
Location: Manhattanville College Music Department. Check-In Room MU103
All auditions will be via Video Submissions
The instrumental or vocal performance of three compositions from different periods of music is required. Pianists and vocalists must perform at least one work from memory.
B.A. in Music and B.Mus. in Music Education applicants must perform at least two works from the classical tradition.
Musical Theatre applicants must perform at least one work from the classical tradition; the other two pieces should come from different musical productions. Musical Theatre applicants must perform a short contemporary monologue from memory. Musical Theatre applicants should bring a performance resume and head shot to the audition.
Music Technology applicants may audition on an instrument or voice, or may audition by uploading three audio files in .mp3 format, along with an accompanying description page to Acceptd. The applicant should create these audio files using a DAW such as ProTools, Logic, Garage Band, Reason, etc. The description should include a discussion of how these tracks were made.
An accompanist will be provided for vocalists only.
A music theory placement examination (optional) is offered for students who have studied music theory and are requesting a waiver of the Music Theory I requirement.
Graduate Auditions (MAT)
A one-hour written music theory examination (including analysis, figured bass realization, and general fundamentals).
A one-hour written music history and literature examination covering significant musical developments, compositions, and key figures from the Renaissance to the present.
The performance of three compositions from different periods of music performed on the major performing medium.
A test of sight-reading skills at the piano.
A test of sight-singing skills.
A test of skills involving the harmonization of a melody at the piano.
If you are a current Manhattanville student and would like to audition to be a Music major, please contact FPA@mville.edu Students do not need to audition to be a minor in Music.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art/Master of Arts in Teaching Honors Program (5 years)
Minor in Studio Art (no portfolio required)
For all prospective students wishing to pursue a B.A. in the visual arts program, it is suggested that applicants submit a portfolio via Acceptd for scholarship into the program. This portfolio review applies to all new students and external transfers. The review has no bearing on Admission's decision as they have their own criteria for acceptance to the College. Pending a positive Admissions decision, the portfolio review determines if the applicant is eligible for an additional Performance Major Award.
Your visual portfolio should consist of:
15-20 works of art
Include drawings from observation
Consider your best and most recent work as a part of your portfolio
Presentation should consist of a variety of media and approaches
Include assignment-based projects
Include self-directed work and sketchbooks
Include samples of creative writing
The portfolio does not need to focus on a single discipline. It would help if you considered a variety of artwork, including paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, and digital art.
Try to limit the artwork using grid systems drawings and paintings
Try to limit replicas of another artist's work
Try to limit replicating anime drawings, cartoons, and video game character designs.
A portfolio review could be in-person but preferably digital, uploaded through Acceptd.com
If you are a current Manhattanville student and would like to submit a portfolio to be a Studio Art major, please contact FPA@mville.edu Students do not need a portfolio to be a minor in Studio Arts.