Musical Theatre Program Auditions

Auditions for students interested in applying for admission to the Musical Theatre Program for entrance in Fall of 2017 will be held:
Nov. 12, 2016 in NYC at Ripley Grier Studios
Jan. 7, 2017 in NYC at Ripley Grier Studios
Feb. 25, 2017 on the SUNY Cortland Campus
April 1, 2017 on the SUNY Cortland Campus
Interested candidates should first submit an application for general admission to the College. Once it has been submitted, please contact the Performing Arts Department to schedule an audition. You should not wait to receive an acceptance letter from the College before scheduling your audition.
  • Candidates should prepare two 32 bar (approximate) contrasting song selections 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 minute) monologue. Contemporary material is recommended. No dialects. Not from a musical.
  • Candidates should be prepared to learn a brief dance combination at the audition. Students with significant dance training may also prepare a short( 1- 2 minute) combination to present at the audition.
To schedule an audition appointment, please contact Dr. Deena Conley in the Performing Arts Department at, or call 607-753-2811.

Theatre Production Auditions

Auditions for plays and musical theatre productions are  generally held at the beginning of each semester,  Auditions for all productions are open to students in all majors. An audition workshop is usually held the week before the auditions  in the Fall semester to help students prepare for the audition process. Notices for each audition are publicized campus-wide and in the community.

Vocal Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for College Singers are by appointment during posted hours, the first week of classes, or by appointment with the ensemble's director if you require specific times, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 105, 607-753-2811.

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 David Neal for more information about the Choral Union (Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 44, 607-753-4565, 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 111.

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.

Instrumental Auditions

Auditions 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 Director, Ubaldo Valli at or the concert mistress Lois Pfister at

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. Marina Gorelaya at

Ensemble Audition Information

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

Registration is done by permission of the music director of each ensemble.

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