Auditions - SUNY Cortland


Musical Theatre Program Auditions

Auditions for students interested in applying for admission to the Musical Theatre Program for entrance in Fall of 2016 will be held:  NOVEMBER 7, 2015 at 12 p.m. on  the Cortland CampusDECEMBER 5 in NYC at the SUNY School of Optometry  at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m.; FEBRUARY 27 in NYC at the SUNY  School of Optometry  at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.;  MARCH 4  and APRIL 8 at 12 p.m. on the Cortland Campus

An application for general admission to the College is required before scheduling an 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 (1-2 minute) monologue. Contemporary material is recommended.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 Sharon Tucker in the Performing Arts Department at, or call 607-753-2811.
If you have additional questions, please contact Prof. Kevin Halpin, the director of the musical theatre program, at or 607-753-4599.

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 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

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 Directory, Ubaldo Valli at the concertmistress 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

Additional Audition Information

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

Registration is done by permission of the music Director Ubaldo Valli at

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