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Crane Admissions

Be a part of the Crane tradition

The Crane School of Music requires prospective students who wish to major in any music degree program to complete auditions, in addition to completing an application through SUNY Potsdam’s regular College admissions process. You can complete these in any order.

 

2022-2023 Auditions

2022-2023 Crane School of Music Audition Days
On-Campus Dates:

  • Saturday, December 10, 2022 (last day to register: November 27, 2022)
  • Saturday, January 28, 2023 (last day to register: January 15, 2023)
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023 (last day to register: February 5, 2023)

Off-Campus Auditions: February 23-25, 2023 (last day to register: February 12, 2023) See below for locations and details.

Important notes:

  • Audition repertoire can be found using the link to the left (if using a computer) or in the Section Menu (if using a mobile device).
  • All auditioning students will be considered for music scholarships
  • If you need to cancel or change your audition date, please notify Crane as soon as possible. Late cancellations and no-shows affect other students, faculty and staff adversely.
  • Following each audition day, audition results typically arrive within two to three weeks following the audition. (To be informed of your audition results, students must have completed their application to SUNY Potsdam.)
  • Crane does not pre-screen auditions.

See The Crane School of Music for yourself at one of our on-campus audition days!

All prospective students and families get to tour the Crane complex, meet with current students, ask questions at our information sessions, and find out more about our programs from faculty. You also have the option to tour the full SUNY Potsdam campus after your audition. View the full auditions day schedule here.

There is no registration fee for on-campus auditions. Crane will provide an accompanist for all vocal auditions for a $30 non-refundable fee. Harp students must audition on campus. Percussion students can either audition on campus or at our Long Island site. Piano students can either audition on campus or in New York City.


Crane School of Music (Potsdam, NY) 

  • Saturday, December 10, 2022 (last day to register: Sunday, November 27, 2022)
  • Saturday, January 28, 2023 (last day to register: Sunday, January 15, 2023
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023 (last day to register: Sunday, February 5, 2023)

Directions to the Crane School of Music

Important notes:

  • All auditioning students will be considered for music scholarships.
  • If you need to cancel or change your audition date, please notify Crane as soon as possible. Late cancellations and no-shows affect other students, faculty and staff adversely.
  • Crane does not pre-screen auditions.
  • Following your audition, results are mailed to students and typically arrive within two or three weeks.

Can’t make it to The Crane School of Music? We also offer off-campus auditions across New York State each year!

There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee for off-campus auditions. Crane will provide an accompanist for all vocal auditions for a $30 non-refundable fee.

Piano students can only audition in New York City (on February 24) or on campus.
Percussion students can only audition on Long Island (on February 23 or 24) or on campus.
Harp students must audition on campus or by video.

The last day to register for all off-campus audition dates is Sunday, February 12, 2023.

Long Island - Mineola High School (Garden City, NY)
Thursday, February 23, 2023 & Friday, February 24, 2023
Directions

New York City - Grand Street High School (Brooklyn, NY)
Friday, February 24, 2023
Directions

Buffalo - Williamsville South High School (Williamsville, NY)
Friday, February 24, 2023
Directions

Hudson Valley - Cornwall Central High School (New Windsor, NY)
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Directions

Important notes:

  • All auditioning students will be considered for music scholarships.
  • If you need to cancel or change your audition date, please notify Crane as soon as possible. Late cancellations and no-shows affect other students, faculty and staff adversely.
  • Crane does not pre-screen auditions.
  • Following your audition, results are mailed to students and typically arrive within two or three weeks.

Do you live outside the Northeast region of the United States or internationally?

The Crane School of Music reserves video auditions only for such students, who could otherwise not attend auditions at one of our audition sites, due to the distance that would need to be traveled. There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee for all video auditions.

Video Submission Guidelines

  • Crane accepts video auditions by YouTube link (preferred) or Vimeo. If you are an international student and cannot provide video links through YouTube, please let us know what video streaming site you will be using. 
  • You must fill out the registration form to be considered for a video audition.
  • Your video links must be submitted when registering for an audition. Copy your links into the comments box at the end of the Audition Registration Form. 
  • We prefer that you submit a separate link for each piece/movement/song. 
  • Please include your name, the full title of the work and full name of the composer of the work in your video (either spoken before the performance, or included as text). 
  • Please make sure your video is of a high quality and is as close to a live performance as possible. Do not use a close microphone or any audio processing. 
  • Please keep your links active until April 1st. Faculty may need to review your video after your audition as they make decisions about music scholarships. 
  • The Crane Admissions Office will send an email within two weeks confirming if your request for a video audition has been approved.
  • 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.  If possible, the vocalists should be visible from head-to-toe.
  • Only vocal auditions need to have piano accompaniment. 
  • Do not cut and paste different takes for any single piece/movement/song.  
  • We cannot accept audio-only audition recordings (CD, mp3, etc.)


Video registration and submission deadlines

  • For spring admission: November 27, 2022
  • For fall admission: February 12, 2023 

Important notes:

  • All auditioning students will be considered for music scholarships.
  • Crane does not pre-screen auditions.
  • Results are mailed to students and typically arrive within two or three weeks of the next audition day after the video links arrive.

Are you interested in pursuing our Bachelor of Music degree program in musical studies with an emphasis in composition? We want to hear your work!

In addition to completing your performance audition, you must also submit a portfolio of your original works to be considered for the composition program. Submit two or three original scores of contrasting character that best highlight your creativity and potential for compositional growth.

Important notes:

  • Scores can be submitted as Finale or Sibelius files, or in PDF format.
  • Live recordings are encouraged, but not required. Recordings should be submitted in MP3, WAV or AIFF formats. Audio files larger than 5 MB may be submitted via Dropbox or posted to a site like SoundCloud.
  • Materials should arrive by the audition registration deadlines noted above. 
  • Questions and email submissions should be directed to Dr. Timothy Sullivan at sullivtr@potsdam.edu.