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.

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


Pre-Screening Auditions are required for:

To schedule an audition or interview, please submit the Audition Form (available September 1).

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

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. Audition form must be received by December 1. Video recorded submissions must be received by January 15.
    • Students can use their pre-screening repertoire as part of the final recorded audition. However, they do need to meet all the prescribed requirements of the final audition.

Audition Repertoire

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:

Music Admission
3322 Whalen Center for Music
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-3366

Musical Theatre Auditions

Musical theater auditions are not associated with the School of Music. For musical theater audition information, contact:

Department of Theatre Arts
Ithaca College
201 Dillingham Center
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-7293
(607) 274-3345

Department of Theatre Arts Website