Auditions are required for all School of Music applicants, except composition applicants who must submit scores and may choose to audition if interested in studying privately on a major instrument or voice. There are pre-screening audition requirements for undergraduate percussion, B.M. in Sound Recording Technology, M.M. in Composition, and M.M. in Conducting applicants.
To schedule an audition or interview, please submit the Audition Request Form (available September 1).
When to Audition
It is in the applicant's best interest to choose an early audition date. Space in each studio and degree program is limited and admission becomes more competitive as the admission season progresses.
- On-campus auditions -- On-campus auditions are strongly recommended and include personal meetings with faculty and information sessions with the dean, director of music admission, and a financial aid representative. On-campus auditions are required for B.M. in Composition, B.M. in Sound Recording Technology, undergraduate percussion, and all graduate applicants. Applicants who audition on campus will receive their audition time during registration on the morning of the audition day.
- Regional audition sites -- Auditions conducted at regional audition sites are video-recorded and brought back for review by the School of Music faculty. Regional auditions are not available for B.M. in Composition, B.M. in Sound Recording Technology, undergraduate percussion, and graduate applicants. Applicants who audition at a regional site will receive their audition time one week in advance.
- Video Recording -- Video recorded submissions should be submitted online through the Audition Preparation Form. Applicants are discouraged from submitting DVD's. This process will be outlined further after submission of the Audition Request Form. Video recorded submissions must be received by February 1. Audio recordings and compact discs (CD's) are not accepted.
There are very specific repertoire requirements for each instrument and degree program. Please carefully review the information on the Requirements Per Instrument website. Specific repertoire questions should be communicated directly to our faculty members.
Sight-Singing Exam (Undergraduate Only)
In addition to the audition, all undergraduate applicants will be required to perform a brief sight-singing examination. This is not a theory test, but does measure the applicant's ability to match pitch, sing simple melodic lines unaccompanied, and to read basic rhythmic patterns. No formal voice training is necessary, but it is recommended that applicants practice these skills with a school music teacher or a private teacher prior to the audition.
Voice applicants are required to perform with an accompanist. Undergraduate applicants who audition at regional sites must provide their own accompanists. For auditions in Ithaca, applicants may provide their own accompanist or use an Ithaca College staff accompanist. The fee for this service is $25 for undergraduate applicants and $35 for graduate applicants. Checks should be made payable to "Ithaca College" and presented to the registration desk on the audition day. Music for the accompanist must be bound, clear, legible, and stay open and flat. Applicants must also provide original, published versions of their repertoire for the voice faculty at the audition. Instrumental auditions must be unaccompanied.
For More Information
For additional information about auditions, please contact the School of Music:
3322 Whalen Center for Music
Ithaca, NY 14850
Musical Theatre Auditions
Musical theater auditions are not associated with the School of Music. For musical theater audition information, contact:
Department of Theatre Arts
201 Dillingham Center
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-7293