NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s that time of year again.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is holding its 26th annual “Music Under New York” auditions Monday.
About 70 soloists and groups will be given five minutes to impress a panel of 36 judges for a chance to perform in the New York City transit system. The acts are scored on a series of specific criteria, including measures of variety, appropriateness for the mass transit environment, and metrics related to overall quality.
More than 200 applications came in, and more than 70 performers and groups are vying for 20 positions.
Pianist Jason Cordero, 15, has been performing underground for two years and said one of the biggest challenges in playing near the uptown N, Q and R train stairway is maintaining his focus.