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Auditions

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, Undergraduate 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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2021-22 Audition Options

Applicants will be able to select from the following audition methods, which will be indicated when submitting their Audition Form. **All degrees, besides Composition, require an audition on a primary instrument.

Three audition days will be available in-person for the 2021-22 audition season:

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • Saturday, January 29, 2022
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022

These auditions will take place on the Ithaca College campus in the Whalen Center for Music. 

Our virtual live audition process will be available on one audition day, February 5, 2022. This audition day will include a variety of opportunities to engage with members of the School of Music community, including a welcome event, studio-specific meetings, Q&A, and an opportunity to hear from a Student Financial Services representative. This will also include an audition with faculty, a sight-singing hearing, and any interviews required for specific degree programs.

The virtual live audition day option includes an additional $20 charge, charged by our partners at GetAcceptd.

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If you are unable to join us for the audition options above, you can prepare and submit a video-recorded audition for admission consideration. These materials must include the listed audition requirements for your instrument and degree. Video-recorded audition materials must be submitted by January 15, and can be submitted after your initial Audition Form.

Information regarding acceptable electronic formats can be found here.

If the provided dates are not feasible, we would encourage you to request a special audition. These live auditions can be set up individually with faculty by request. Please note that special auditions would still need to complete the necessary audition components (ie. sightsinging hearing and necessary interviews), which would be scheduled in collaboration with the Music Admission Team.

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.

Accompanists

Voice applicants should perform their pre-screening and audition with accompaniment. Instrumental applicants should perform unaccompanied. 

For more information about our accompaniment expectations for applicants, please visit our Accompaniment page.

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 theatrearts@ithaca.edu, 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