Admission Gracias Music

  • Application and Fee
    • Applicants to the Gracias Music at Mahanaim must submit an online application. All applications and supporting documents (Pre-screening material, Transcript) are due postmarked by March 1st of the year to be considered for enrollment in the fall, and by October 1st, to be considered for enrollment in the spring.
    • New applicants – $100 non-refundable application fee.
    Download the application here.

     

     Transcripts
    • Official transcripts of all academic institutions attended must be submitted in a sealed envelope from the institution, or sent directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts in a language other than English must be translated by an official translator and notarized.

     

     Essay
    • All applicants are required to submit a one-page essay with their application on one of the following topics:
    1. Describe your goals in life and tell us your specific reasons for choosing to apply to Mahanaim as you pursue these goals.
    2. If today was your last day to live, how would you spend your time? What would you do?
     Recommendations
    • Applicants must list the names and email addresses.
    • Two letters of recommendation are required, one from a current teacher of the academic institute and one from a music teacher.
    • Recommendation letters must either be mailed or emailed by the teacher to Mahanaim Admissions office.

     

     Pre-Screening
      1. Along with the application, students will upload a recording of pre-screening repertoires on youtube. (youtube.com)
      2. Upload the public link on online application page.
    • For the Piano major, applicants’ hands and feet should be clearly visible.
    • All pieces must be performed from memory.
    • Pre-screening results will be announced two weeks after application deadline date.
    Live Auditions and interviews
    • Live Auditions and interviews will be held during April for the fall semester applicant, during October for the spring semester applicant. The exact date and place will be announced after Pre-screening results.
    • The result will be announced within one week of Live Auditions.
  • Tuition and Fees

    PROGRAM TUITION APPLICATION FEE
    Gracias Music $7,500 per term $100
    $30,000 for the entire 2-year program
    *Payment plans are available
  • Audition Requirements
    • Voice

      > Pre-screening 

      1. Choose from Italian, French, German or English Lieder.

      2. Among Opera or Oratorio Aria with the language that doesn’t overlap with number on the original key.

      > Live Audition

      1. Choose 2 songs with different languages and tempi.

      2. Opera & Oratorio, sing on the original key.

    • Piano

       Pre-screening 

      1. First movement of sonata by Mozart, Beethoven, or Haydn
      2. One Virtuoso Concert étude

      > Live Audition

      1. A complete work by Bach, for example, Invention, Prelude and Fugue, Suites or Partitas.

      2. A complete sonata by Mozart, Beethoven, or Haydn

      3. A complete work from the Romantic or Contemporary period

      4. One Virtuoso étude

    • Violin

      > Pre-screening 

      1. Two contrasting movements of Bach solo Sonata or Partita
      2. A fast movement of a standard concerto including cadenza (if applicable)

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio in 3 octaves (key will be given by jury)

      2. Two contrasting movements of Bach Sonata or Partita for solo violin

      3. Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto including cadenza (if applicable)

    • Viola

       Pre-screening 

      1. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Bach partita or suite
      2. One movement of a standard concerto including cadenza (if applicable)

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio in 3 octaves (key will be given by jury)
      2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Bach partita or suite
      3. One movement of a standard concerto including cadenza (if applicable)

    • Cello

       Pre-screening 

      1. Prelude or fast and slow movements of Bach suite
      2. A fast movement of a standard Concerto including cadenza (if applicable)

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio in 3 octaves (key will be given by jury)

      2. Two contrasting movements of Bach suite for solo cello
      3. First movement or second and third movements of a standard Concerto including cadenza (if applicable)

    • Double Bass

       Pre-screening 

      1. One movement from a concerto
      2. One contrasting solo work that best demonstrate their skills.

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio (key will be given by jury)

      2. Two contrasting movements from a concerto post 1830

      3. One set of solo work from a different style and time period, i.e. Baroque suites or sonatas

      4. One orchestra excerpt from the standard repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms or Strauss.

    • Flute

       Pre-screening 

      1. Mozart concerto 1st and 2nd movement exposition

      2. One solo piece of choice

      > Live Audition

      1. Mozart Flute Concerto in G or in D, complete

      2. One piece from the Flute Music by French Composers for flute and piano (ed. Louis Moyse)

      3. One contrasting piece or a movement of your choice

      4. Major & minor scales

      5. Two standard orchestral excerpts of your choice

    • Oboe

       Pre-screening 

      1. One étude
      2. A First movement of a concerto from a standard repertoire (such as Mozart, Marcello, Strauss, etc.)

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio (key will be given by jury)
      2. Two contrasting études
      3. A First movement of a concerto from a standard repertoire (such as Mozart, Marcello, Strauss, etc.)
      4. One orchestra excerpt from a standard repertoire

    • Clarinet

       Pre-screening 

      1. One étude
      2. Fast movement of Mozart or Weber concerto

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio (key will be given by jury)
      2. Fast movement of Mozart or Weber concerto
      3. One complete piece of contrasting concerto
      4. One étude
      5. Two contrasting orchestra excerpts from a standard repertoire

    • Bassoon

       Pre-screening 
      1. One étude
      2. A Fast movement of a standard concerto

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio (key will be given by jury)
      2. Two conctrasting Movements of a standard concerto
      3. One étude
      4. At least two contrasting orchestral excerpts from standard repertoire

    • Horn

       Pre-screening 

      1. One étude
      2. Fast movement of a standard concerto

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio (key will be given by jury)
      2. Fast movement of standard concerto
      3. One étude
      4. One orchestra excerpt from standard repertoire

    • Trumpet

       Pre-screening 

      1. Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concerto or other solo works

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio (key will be given by jury)
      2. Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concerto or other solo works
      3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts from a standard repertoire

    • Trombone

       Pre-screening 

      1. Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concerto or other solo works

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio (key will be given by jury)
      2. Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concerto or other solo works
      3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts from a standard repertoire

    • Tuba

       Pre-screening 

      1. Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concerto or other solo works

      > Live Audition

      1. One scale and one arpeggio (key will be given by jury)
      2. Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concerto or other solo works
      3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts form a standard repertoire

    • Percussion

       Pre-screening 

      • Snare Drum: Long Roll-

      percussion

      • Marimba: One solo – with two mallets.
      • Timpani: One solo or etude

      > Live Audition

      • Snare Drum: Long Roll-

      • Marimba: Two contrasting solos – one with two mallets, one with four mallets
      • Timpani: One solo work-demonstrate ability to tune intervals
      • Sight-reading with two mallets on marimba will be asked.
      • The repertoire for pre-screening and live audition can be same.
    • Composition

       Pre-screening 

      1. Submit two compositions of two different genres which were composed within the last 2 years. (Each piece must be 3 – 5 minutes long, the compositions must be different in terms of instruments, vocals, styles and genre)
      2. Submit the compositions in PDF format and the recordings.
      3. Write the date (dd/mm/yyyy) of the recording of the compositions on your application.
      4. Submit a short essay (1 page, double spaced) about what the composer wants to express through the compositions.
      5. Upload both the score and recording when submitting the application.

      > Live Audition

      1. Live auditions will be scheduled after the pre-screening is accepted.
      2. Piano live audition – One fast movement from Sonata
      3. Harmony test
      4. Compose a 30 measure piano piece from a given theme.

      (Free in style, duration: 4 hours)

      1. You must submit the score of the work you submitted for pre-screening and bring the recording in either MP3 or CD format.
      2. Through a 1:1 interview, talk about what you want to express in your work.

      **Live audition will take 2 days.

      Number 2 and 3 will be on one day and number 4 – 6 will be on the other day.

  • Mahanaim Readmission Policy

    If a student takes two consecutive terms or more for a leave of absence, the student will not be withdrawn, however, he/she will need to re-audition and be re-evaluated to determine proper program and/or English proficiency placement. The following materials are required of applicants seeking readmission:

    • Application for Readmission
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Audition
    • Transcripts
    • Application Fee

     

    Statement of Purpose 

    Please explain why you left Mahanaim, your activities since your departure and your reasons for wishing to return. This statement should be attached as a Word document to the email submission of this application, admissions@mahanaim.com. Please save the document with your last name and “readmission application” as the file name.