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Musical Theatre Program Auditions

We have several program audition opportunities for 2021-22

No prescreen required

UPDATE:

 

Program Auditions the Musical Theatre Major at SUNY Cortland:

We are now accepting online submissions. Please note: These online submissions are not prescreens, but will serve as your audition for the department.

In-person auditions are still encouraged and preferred, but due to extenuating circumstances, we are making an exception for the rest of the academic year.

Candidates should prepare:

Two 30-45 second contrasting song selections from the musical theatre canon. Song selection requirements: one up-tempo, one ballad; one pre-1960, one post-1960; no pop, rock, rap, or country. No acapella auditions, please.

A brief, one-minute contemporary monologue—no Shakespeare or verse, please.  Monologue cannot be from a musical or performed with a dialect. 

30-60 seconds of dance.  Candidates can choose whatever discipline they feel the most confident in:  jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, lyrical or contemporary.  The dance portion of the audition can be filmed in a studio, or can be from a production, competition, or other performance. Choreography must be performed to music; no a cappella, please.  The dance should be filmed in “full body” shot, with the entire body in the frame at all times.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS:

Camera should be at eye level

Camera should be in the landscape mode

All frames should include a “full body” shot

Please refrain from busy background patterns as they can be distracting

Please send your videos/links to: PerformingArtsDepartment@cortland.edu

Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance to the College and Musical Theatre major by the Admissions Office. You must apply for general admission to the College in order to be considered for the Musical Theatre major. Visit Cortland.edu/apply to learn more.

If you have any questions about auditions or the audition process, please contact:  deena.conley@cortland.edu.

Coming Up

To reserve an audition time, send your name, email, and phone number to:   PerformingArtsDepartment@cortland.edu.

We do not require a Prescreen.

Please Note: At this time, we are only accepting video submissions from international students.

Audition requirements:

  • Perform two 30-45 second 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. An accompanist will be provided; please make sure music is clearly marked and in the correct key. Music must be in a binder.

  • Perform a one-minute monologue (from a play, not a musical or film/screenplay; no dialects)

  • The last section will include the dance portion; you will be taught the combination at the audition. Please bring appropriate dance/footwear (jazz or character shoes). Please make sure your clothing is not loose-fitting and lines of the body are visible. You will be given the opportunity to change prior to the dance audition.

Please bring three, completed copies of the attached audition form, as well as a headshot, to the audition.

After auditions are complete, there will be a building tour (if on campus) and a Q&A about the musical theatre program for you and your family members.

As the date gets closer, you will receive an email asking for confirmation of your audition. If we do not receive confirmation, your slot may be forfeited to someone on the waitlist.

Masks must be worn at all times

In the meantime, click on this link to view an excellent video of our facilities. The building was fully renovated approximately six years ago and features state-of-the-art performance, rehearsal, and studio spaces.