Auditions are required for all School of Music applicants, except composition applicants who must submit scores and complete a composition interview (but may choose to audition if interested in studying privately on a major instrument or voice).

Musical theater auditions are not associated with the School of Music. 

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Pre-Screening Audition Reqs.
Required for all Voice, Saxophone, Drum Set, Composition, and Sound Recording Technology applicants.
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Audition Reqs. by Instrument
Specific repertoire requirements for each instrument and degree program.
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When to Audition

High School students should audition during their senior year or the winter prior to their year of enrollment.

On-Campus auditions are strongly encouraged, although we evaluate Off-Campus and Video Recorded Auditions with the same weight.

On-Campus Auditions are required for:

  • All Undergraduate Percussion applicants 
  • B.M. Composition applicants
  • B.M. Sound Recording Technology applicants

20-21 Audition Planning

We anticipate several changes to our audition process due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information regarding audition dates, locations, and plans are forthcoming, and will be provided in the coming weeks as we work to identify plans that prioritize the health and safety of our prospective families, faculty, and staff. Please stay tuned for more details to come in the weeks ahead.

Audition Options

  • 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. 
  • 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 Jazz Studies, B.M. in Sound Recording Technology, undergraduate percussion, and graduate applicants. 
  • Video Recording -- Video recorded submissions should be submitted online through the Audition Form. Video recorded submissions must be received by January 15. 

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 at registration 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. Instrumental auditions must be unaccompanied.

Musical Theatre Auditions

Musical theatre auditions are not associated with the School of Music. For musical theatre audition information, contact the Department of Theatre Arts via email at, or via phone at (607) 274-3345.

For More Information

For additional information about auditions, please contact the School of Music:

Music Admission Office
3322 Whalen Center for Music
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 274-3366