General Information

  • Admission to The Crane School consists of two parts: 1) acceptance by Crane following successful completion of the Crane audition process; and 2) academic admission by the College.

  • The scheduling of an audition on one of the specific On-or Off-Campus Audition Days is the first step in the Crane admissions process.  Registration for each audition ends two weeks prior to the audition day.

  • To obtain an Application for Admission to the College, Undergraduate students should visit the Office of Admissions. Graduate students should visit the Crane Graduate Admissions webpage.

  • All auditions must be scheduled on one of the specific On-or Off-Campus Audition Days.

  • The Crane School of Music makes every effort to ensure that on and off-campus auditions provide an equal evaluation and opportunity for admission. For each location, the auditions generally require two hours. Warm-up facilities and time are sometimes limited at off-campus sites.

  • Off-Campus Audition requests require a $50 fee to help us offset the costs of off-campus auditions.

  • Harp and percussion auditions are only available on the On-Campus dates.  Piano auditions are only available on campus or at the Steinway Hall audition site.

  • The performance audition is designed to give candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to pursue college-level, private music instruction and will include a 15 or 20-minute appointment with faculty members qualified to evaluate the student's performance on his/her primary instrument or voice.

  • On-Campus Auditions are usually administered by the teacher or teachers of that specific instrument.    

  • Off-Campus Auditions are administered by a teacher from the area (one of the string teachers for all strings,one of the brass teachers for all brass,etc.) and video taped for the primary teacher's review.

  • As a general rule, it is desirable for candidates other than vocalists to perform two contrasting movements or pieces (one fast, technical, the other slow, lyrical). A movement or work from a different style period is useful but not required. The audition usually includes a brief sight-reading example of moderate difficulty as well. An alphabetical listing of representative repertoire for auditions by performance medium can be found by clicking the "Repertoire for Auditions" link found on the right side of this page.

  • Pianists and vocalists are required to perform from memory. Performers on other instruments need not memorize their music.    

  • Accompanists for both On-and Off-Campus voice auditions are available for a fee of $30.  For recommendations about providing music for our accompanists, please click here. Instrumentalists are not required to perform with accompaniment.

  • Opportunities for students and their parents to meet with faculty, administrators,college admissions personnel and current Crane students (On-Campus Auditions only) in both formal and informal settings will be included in the audition day schedule.

  • Although letters of recommendation are not required as part of the music audition/admissions process, they are encouraged.  The Private Music Instructor Recommendation Form is particularly helpful to the faculty hearing the audition.This form and the general Music Recommendation Form should be mailed to the address below prior to the audition.

  • Students will need to submit a Supplemental Information Form prior to their audition. If you have not already done so, please fill out our online fillable PDF form by clicking here.  If you have any trouble using this form, you can also print the form here and mail it or fax it to us at the address below.  Please note: you cannot save the form to your computer and then email it as an attachment.      

  • Students auditioning for Crane who are already enrolled at SUNY Potsdam (liberal arts transfers), must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher to be eligible for admission to a music major.

  • Students auditioning for the Bachelor of Music: Musical Studies degree with an emphasis in Composition must also apply for admission to the composition program. A portfolio of compositions with audio recordings of the works is required for consideration for the program. Please send these materials to: Music Admissions, The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Avenue, Potsdam, NY 13676.  Note that the portfolio submission does not replace a performance audition; applicants for the composition major must complete a performance audition as well.  If you have any questions about applying for the concentration in composition, please contact Dr. Wanamaker at (315) 267-2297,

  • Due to the large number of auditions each year for admission to Crane, prospective students are only allowed one audition per performance area, per year/admissions cycle. Students who are ill for their scheduled audition date should contact Crane prior to the audition and the appointment will be rescheduled. The first opportunity for a student to re-audition is on the December audition date of the next audition year/cycle.

  • In the case of inclement weather, please confirm your audition appointment with Crane (8:00 AM-4:30 PM) or the SUNY Potsdam University Police (315) 267-2222.

  • Directions and travel information for both on campus and off campus auditions can be found on the audition Directions and Travel Information web page.

  • Video auditions are available only for students who are outside of the Northeast region of the U.S. who are unable to attend auditions at one of our audition sites due to the distance that would need to be traveled. Students requesting this option still need to fill out the Crane online audition form.  Students should select any on-campus audition date and note their desire to submit a video audition in the Comments box on the online audition form.  Video auditions must be approved by the Crane Admissions Office; email confirmation will be sent within two weeks of submitting the online audition form. Video auditions may be by DVD or via YouTube links depending on the wishes of the auditioning area.  Your video must reach The Crane School of Music by December 10th, 2014 for spring 2015 admission and by March 1st, 2015 for fall 2015 admission.  Please make sure your video is of a high quality and is as close to a live performance as possible.  Vocalists should not use a close microphone.  Because pianists and vocalists are required to perform from memory, frame the video so it is clear the auditioning student is not reading from music.  Do not submit a video that has been created by cutting together several takes or that uses processing on the audio portion.  We cannot accept audio-only audition recordings (CD, mp3, etc.).  In some situations, students requesting a video audition will have to pay a $30 processing fee. Send videos to:

    Office of Music Admissions
    The Crane School of Music
    The State University of New York at Potsdam
    44 Pierrepont Avenue
    Potsdam, NY 13676
    Phone: (315) 267-2775

    Fax: (315) 267-2413