Prospective Student Resources

Audition/Interview FAQ

Q: Why can't I find out my Pre-Screen results prior to my applying to Ithaca College?

A: The Pre-Screen Application via Decision Desk is only one part of your application process to Ithaca College.  You are required to apply to Ithaca College.


Q: Who do I contact with issues related to my Pre-Screen Application to Decision Desk?  (e.g. I'm having trouble uploading my materials.)

A: All technical support for your Pre-Screen Application is provided by Decision Desk.  There is a help feature at the bottom of every page. 


Q: Can the letters of recommendation be the same letters I used for my common application?

A.  The people you use for recommendations are up to you - and can be the same you use for the common application.  However, the form used for pre-screen is a different one than for the common application.


Q: I've been invited to audition  in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. I have other auditions to schedule. What should I do?

A: We will work with you on site to accommodate any other auditions you may have scheduled. That being said, for your own sanity you may want to avoid double-booking yourself! Here is our typical schedule for the Chicago/Los Angeles dates:

Morning Sessions

  • 8:00-8:30 Check in
  • 8:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 9:00 Warm-Ups
  • 9:30 Transition to Auditions
  • 9:40 Auditions Begin
  • 1:00 End of Session


Afternoon Sessions

  • 1:00-1:30 Check in
  • 1:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 2:00 Warm-Ups
  • 2:30 Transition to Auditions
  • 2:40 Auditions Begin
  • 6:00 End of Session

We will want you at our session to sign in and attend the group orientation and warm-ups. After the warm-ups are complete, you can leave to attend another audition, as long as you come back before the end of the session (12:30 for morning sessions and 5:30 for afternoon sessions). Please note: New York sessions start at 9:00 and 1:30, but the timing of events remains consistent.


Q: What is the audition order?

A: We audition students in the order that they submitted their applications in Decision Desk! If you submitted as soon as you could in September, you'll probably go first or close to the top, but if you waited until 4:59 p.m. on January 2nd, you'll probably go last. We'll give you a complete line-up during your Orientation session so you can gauge your audition time, and we will work with you if you have another audition to attend.


Q: I see that the check-in is from 8:00-8:30. Should I arrive early to fill out paperwork?

A: Nope! Paperwork is built into the check-in period and is very simple (writing your name, songs and monologues on 2-4 sheets of paper). Everything else we need is already in Decision Desk. We will be ready to check you in at 8:00 (we know some of you are early birds and like to show up on the dot!), but if you get there at 8:20, there will still be plenty of time to get your paperwork done before Orientation begins.


Q: Do I need to bring an iPod and speakers for my Musical Theatre audition?

A: A live accompanist is provided at all of our audition sites. Please be sure to bring your sheet music, clearly marked with the cuts. You may also choose to sing to pre-recorded accompaniment, but you are responsible for providing the playback method. Please do not sing a cappella.


Q: Is there an audition fee expected at the time of my audition?

A: The only audition fee we require is the fee you submitted via Decision Desk. We have no fee for our live accompanist.


Q: How many headshots and resumes should I bring?

A: Just one would be great.


Q: Will there be a dance call at my audition?

A: No. We do not conduct a live dance call at our audition. We have a group physical warm-up, but it is not a dance call.


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