Auditions

Musical Theatre Program Auditions

Auditions for students interested in applying for admission to the Musical Theatre Program for entrance in Fall of 2018 will be held:
Dec. 2, 2017 on the SUNY Cortland Campus
Jan. 13, 2018 in NYC at Ripley Grier Studios
Feb. 17, 2018 in NYC at Ripley Grier Studios
April 14, 2018 on the SUNY Cortland Campus
An application for general admission to the College is required before scheduling an audition. Visit cortland.edu/apply to learn more. Once it has been submitted, contact the Performing Arts Department at 607-753-2811 to reserve a time slot. 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 genre. Song selection requirements: one up-tempo, one ballad; one pre-1960, one post-1960; no pop, rock, rap, or country. Students must provide sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Candidates should prepare a brief, one-minute contemporary monologue. Monologue requirements: Cannot be from a musical or performed with a dialect.
  • Candidates should be prepared to learn a brief dance combination at the audition. Students with extensive dance training may also prepare a short, one-minute combination to present.
To schedule an audition appointment, please contact Dr. Deena Conley in the Performing Arts Department at deena.conley@cortland.edu, 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. Visit the Department office in Dowd 216 to sign up for an audition.

Vocal Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for College Singers are by appointment during the first week of classes (607-753-2811,) or come to the first rehearsal during the first week of classes. Rehearsals are held Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. in Dowd Room 111.

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 udv1@cornell.edu or the concert mistress Lois Pfister at Lois.Pfister@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. Marina Gorelaya at Marina.Gorelaya@gmail.com.

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.

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