Admission Gracias Music

Any inquiries or submission of supporting documents, send to:

admissions@mahanaim.com

  • 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 September 1st, to be considered for enrollment in the spring.
      • Prepare supporting documents to be uploaded before starting the application. What to expect to be attached on the application:

            1. 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) Describe a time when you confronted a challenge, obstacle, or failure. How did it influence you, and what did you learn from the experience?

            2. MMR/Meningitis Form

            3. Pre-screening links
              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 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.

            4. Recommendations
                – Applicants must list the names and email addresses
                1) A recommendation letter from a current teacher of the academic institute
                2) A recommendation letter from a music teacher
      • New applicants – $100 non-refundable application fee. Online payment available at the end of application. Must pay to complete application submission.
     Components to be sent to Mahanaim separately for admission
    • Transcript(s)
    • SAT or ACT scores (if applicable)
    • College/University transcripts (if applicable)
    • TOEFL score, minimum score of 50 (if applicable)
    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 one song from Italian, French, German or English Lieder.
      2. Choose one song Opera or Oratorio Aria and sing on the original key with the language that doesn’t overlap with number 1.

      > Live Audition
      1. Choose 2 songs with different languages and tempi.
      2. Choose one song from Opera or 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. One étude or technical study
      3. Two contrasting movements of Bach Sonata or Partita for solo violin
      4. 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. One étude or technical study
      3. 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 and one other movement 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. One étude or technical study
      3. Two contrasting movements of Bach suite for solo cello
      4. A fast movement 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 demonstrates 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. One Virtuoso études
      3. A first movement of a concerto from a standard repertoire (such as Mozart, Marcello, Strauss, etc.)
      4. Two orchestra excerpts 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 contrasting Movements of a standard concerto
      3. One étude
      4. 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. Two contrasting movement of standard concerto
      3. One étude
      4. Three orchestral excerpts from standard repertoire

    • Trumpet

       Pre-screening 
      1. One étude
      1. Fast movements from sonatas or concerto or other solo works

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

    • Trombone

       Pre-screening 
      1. One étude
      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. One étude
      3. Two contrasting movements from sonatas or concerto or other solo works
      4. Three orchestral excerpts from a standard repertoire

    • Tuba

       Pre-screening 
      1. One étude
      1. One movement 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. Three orchestral excerpts form a standard repertoire

    • Percussion

       Pre-screening 
      1. Snare Drum: One étude
      2. Marimba: One solo – with two mallets
      3. Timpani: One sole or étude

      > Live Audition
      1. Snare Drum: One étude
      2. Marimba: Two contrasting solos – one with two mallets, one with four mallets
      3. Timpani: Two solo works – demonstrate ability to tune intervals
      4. Sight-reading with two mallets on marimba will be asked
      5. 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 last 2 years. (Each piece must be 3 minutes long, two compositions must be different in instrument, vocal, styles and genre)
      2. Submit the compositions in PDF format and the recordings.
      3. Write the year and recording of the compositions.
      4. Submit a short essay about what one wants to express through the compositions.
      5. Upload score and recording when submitting the application.

      > Live Audition
      * Live Audition will be processed after pre-screening is accepted.
      1. Music Theory Test (max. 3 hours)
      • Interval
      • Minor and Major Scale
      • Triad
      • Inversion and Character of Triad
      • Analysis of harmony
      • Harmonization (4 voices)
      • Counterpoint
      2. Ear training test (1 hour)
      • Interval
      • Listen Harmony triad
      • Listen Dominant harmony
      • Scale
      • Rhythm dictation
      • Melody dictation
      3. Piano
      • One movement piece from Classic or Romantic period
      4. Compose 30 measures piano piece from a given theme.
      (Free in style, duration: 4 hours)
      5. Colloquium
      Through a 1:1 interview, talk about what you want to express in your work.
      (Live audition work and pre-screening work both)

    • Orchestral Conducting

       Pre-screening 
      1. One movement of symphony from Mozart, Beethoven or Haydn (Choose one movement)
      2. One Overture
      • Applicants should record conduct by 2 piano accompaniments.
      • Applicants should appear exactly when you record.
      • They may conduct with music or from memory, and each piece should be a complete run-through.

      > Live Audition
      1. Music Theory Test (2 Hours Max)
      • Intervals
      • Minor and major Scales
      • Triads
      • Inversion and character of triads
      • Analysis of harmony
      • Harmonization (4 voices)
      2. Ear Training Test (1 hour)
      • Harmonic and melodic intervals
      • Identifying harmonic triads (major, minor, augmented, diminished)
      • Identifying dominant harmony (e.g. seventh chords)
      • Scales
      • Rhythm dictation
      • Melodic dictation
      3. Score reading
      • Small orchestra score to Bach Chorales on soprano, alto, tenor, bass clef.
      4. Piano
      • One movement piece from Classic or Romantic period
      5. Conduct
      • Two movement of symphony from Romantic period
      • One overture (possible to perform same repertoire with pre-screening)
      * In Live Audition, applicant will perform with two piano accompaniments.
      6. Colloquium
      • Explanation of one piece of music which is performed at the Live Audition.
      (period, history, structure, harmony, composition skill, etc.)

    • Choral Conducting

       Pre-screening 
      1. One movement of a major choral work or a choral motet by J.S. Bach, Mozart, or Haydn (no Bach chorales).
      2. One choral ensemble piece from the Renaissance or Romantic period
      • Applicants should record conducting a choral ensemble, small vocal ensemble, or a full piano reduction (including choral parts and accompaniment, if there is any, which may require two pianos or piano four hands.)
      • Applicants should ensure they are fully captured in the video recording, with the camera capturing their face, both arms, and full body. They may conduct with music or from memory, and each piece should be a complete run-through.

      > Live Audition
      1. Music Theory Test (2 Hours Max)
      • Intervals
      • Minor and major Scales
      • Triads
      • Inversion and character of triads
      • Analysis of harmony
      • Harmonization (4 voices)
      2. Ear Training Test (1 hour)
      • Harmonic and melodic intervals
      • Identifying harmonic triads (major, minor, augmented, diminished)
      • Identifying dominant harmony (e.g. seventh chords)
      • Scales
      • Rhythm dictation
      • Melodic dictation
      3. Score Reading
      • 4 voices light vocal score sight-reading – be able to sing any voice part
      • Vocal ensemble score reading prepared by the applicant for the Live Audition
      4. Instrument or voice
      • Prepare to perform a movement of a major piece or a single work for voice or instrument of choice
      5. Conduct
      • Two choral works or movement from major choral works from the Renaissance, Romantic, or Contemporary period (20th and 21st centuries)
      • One vocal ensemble piece from pre-screening
      – In the Live Audition, the applicant will perform with 2 piano accompanists or small vocal ensemble.
      – The applicant will be allowed briefly to rehearse one of the two pieces as part of the audition
      6. Colloquium
      • The applicant will offer a brief explanation of one piece of music that is performed at the Live Audition.
      (Period, History, Structure, Harmony, Compositional style, etc.)

  • 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.