Accompaniment Resources

Instrumental Applicants

Instrumental applicants should perform unaccompanied.

Voice Applicants

Voice applicants must perform their pre-screening and audition with accompaniment. For in-person auditions, applicants may provide their own accompanist or use an Ithaca College staff accompanist.

Note: If you wish to utilize pre-recorded accompaniment for your live audition, please provide A/V playback equipment for your performance.

The fee for this service is $25 for undergraduate applicants. We accept credit, cash, and checks. Checks should be made payable to "Ithaca College" and presented to the registration desk on the audition day. Applicants must bring with them original, published versions of their repertoire that is clear, legible, and stays open and flat. Applicants may also bring copies for pianist use, as long as published versions are in their possession at the audition. 

Pre-Screening Recordings

Our faculty encourage live accompaniment. However, we realize that during these unprecedented times it might be difficult to arrange for a live accompaniment for your recording or audition. Therefore, we are accepting pre-screening video submissions with recorded accompaniment in order to better support your audition effort. We would prefer a pre-recorded live accompaniment over a MIDI file, but will gladly accept either.

Note: If auditioning live, we recommend that you utilize live accompaniment.

Resources for Accompaniment Tracks That We Recommend:

  • Reach out to your teacher or local pianist and ask them to make a recording of your accompaniment.
  • Apps such as Appcompanist (has a large library of piano accompaniments to well-known classical and musical theater songs) and Sheet Music Scanner or digitalScore (upload a PDF and it will create a MIDI file of the accompaniment).
  • Pre-recorded tracks available with your music score.
  • Professional YouTube/Spotify karaoke tracks. Please vet these carefully, however, for accuracy and appropriateness.

Issues to Consider When Procuring a Recorded Accompaniment and Singing With One:

  • Tempo: Make sure you communicate your desired tempo to any pianist that may be recording an accompaniment for you. Figure out your preferred metronome marking and share that with them. Also communicate any tempo changes (rit. or accel.), fermatas, and dynamics in advance.
  • Key: Ensure that the accompaniment is in the same key as you wish to sing in (especially for pre-recorded tracks).
  • Playback: If possible, play the recording through a good speaker rather than through a computer or phone to get the best audio quality.
  • Balance: When recording, experiment with placement of the speaker to make sure the recording picks up both you and the accompaniment in a balanced way.
  • Listen and Practice: It can be disorienting to sing with a recorded accompaniment that allows for zero flexibility. Listen to the recording a lot to get to know its nuances and practice with it before recording.

Other Virtual Audition Tips

We have compiled some recommendations and best practices to help you prepare for your virtual and/or recorded audition. Visit the Virtual Audition Tips page to learn more.