Department Information

Chair:
David Neal
Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 216
Phone: 607-753-2811
Fax: 607-753-5728

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Auditions

Musical Theatre Auditions

Musical theatre program audition dates for 2013-2014: November 9, January 25, February 22, March 21, April 12. All take place at 2 p.m. except March 21, which is at noon.

An application for general admission to the College is required before scheduling an audition.

  • Candidates should prepare two contrasting songs from the musical theatre repertoire: one up-tempo, one ballad-one pre-1960, and one post-1960. (No pop, rock, rap, or country.) You must bring the sheet music, in the correct key, to the audition-an accompanist will be provided.
  • Candidates should prepare a brief (1-2 minute) monologue. Contemporary material is recommended.
  • Candidates should be prepared to learn a brief dance combination at the audition. Students with significant dance training may also prepare a short( no more than 2 minutes) combination to present at the audition.

"To schedule an audition appointment, please contact Sharon Tucker in the Performing Arts Department at sharon.tucker@cortland.edu, or call 607-753-2811.  
If you have additional questions, please contact Prof. David Neal, Chair of the Performing Arts Department, at david.neal@cortland.edu or 607-753-2812; or Prof. Kevin Halpin, the director of the musical theatre program, at kevin.halpin@cortland.edu or 607-753-4599.

Theatre Auditions

Auditions for plays and musical theatre productions are held at the beginning and the middle of each semester, approximately six to eight weeks before each theatre production. Auditions for all productions are open to students in all majors. An audition workshop is usually held the day before the auditions to help students prepare for the tryout process. Notices for each audition are publicized campus-wide and in the community.

Vocal Auditions

Auditions for College Singers are by appointment during posted hours, the first week of classes, or by appointment if you require specific times, with Dr. Stephen Wilson, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 105, 607-753-4615. The Vocal Chamber Ensemble is derived from members of College Singers, and requires a separate audition.

BRING a prepared song if possible(not required). Student vocal ranges will be determined and rhythm and tonal memory will be tested. Pitch accuracy is essential.

NO AUDITION is required for the Choral Union. See Dr. Wilson for more information about the Choral Union (Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 105, 607-753-4615, or come to the first rehearsal during the first week of classes. Rehearsals are held on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Dowd Fine Art Center, Room 108.

Auditions for applied voice are held during the first week of the semester. Applied voice students receive one individual lesson each week, and participate in a voice lab with other applied voice students. There are also other performing opportunities within the department. For further information, contact Dr. David Neal, Chair, at david.neal@cortland.edu.

Instrumental Auditions

Auditions for the Wind Ensemble and for the College-Community Orchestra will be held during the first two rehearsals during the first week of classes. The College-Community Orchestra is comprised of students and members of the community; those interested should contact the concertmistress Lois Pfister at Lois. Pfister@cortland.edu. Those interested in the the Wind Ensemble should contact Joel Pape at Joel.Pape@cortland.edu.

Auditions for applied piano are held during the first week of classes. Applied piano students receive one individual lesson each week, and have performing opportunities within the department. For further information, please contact Dr. Karen Zimmerman at Karen.Zimmerman@cortland.edu.

Additional Audition Information

BEFORE AUDITIONING, note your ensemble's time and leave room in your schedule.

AFTER AUDITIONING, you will be given a permission slip to add the ensemble. This can be done through the Department of Performing Arts Secretary in Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 216, 607-753-2811.

The Performing Arts Department welcomes students from all majors and pre-majors into its music ensembles.

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