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Crane Admissions

Be a part of the Crane tradition

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

2019-2020 Audition Dates

Note: Auditions for 2018-19 are now closed. The 2019-2020 registration form will be online in July.

The registration deadline for each audition day will be two weeks prior to that audition date.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 (Potsdam)
  • Saturday, February 1, 2020 (Potsdam)
  • February 20-22, 2020 (Off campus auditions, see below for details)
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Potsdam)

On Campus 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.

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, November 16, 2019 (Potsdam)
  • Saturday, February 1, 2020 (Potsdam)
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Potsdam)

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.

On-Campus Audition Day Schedule

Off Campus Auditions

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 audition in New York City (on February 21) or on campus. Percussion students can audition on Long Island (on February 20 or 21) or on campus. Harp students must audition on campus.

Long Island - Mineola High School (Garden City, NY)
Thursday, February 20, 2020 & Friday, February 21, 2020

Buffalo - Williamsville South High School (Williamsville, NY)
Friday, February 21, 2020

New York City - Grand Street High School (Brooklyn, NY)
Friday, February 21, 2020
(Piano auditions welcome)

Hudson Valley - Cornwall Central High School (New Windsor, NY)
Saturday, February 22, 2020

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.

 

Video Auditions

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. You must fill out the registration form to be considered for a video audition. The Crane Admissions Office will send an email within two weeks confirming if your video audition has been approved.

Registration for video auditions is now closed.

Video submission deadline
March 1, 2020

Important notes:

  • All auditioning students will be considered for music scholarships.
  • Your video must arrive at The Crane School of Music by the submission deadline in order to be considered.
  • Crane accepts video auditions by YouTube link (preferred) or DVD only. 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. 
  • Approved video audition submissions must either be emailed to auditions@potsdam.edu, or mailed to: The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam, NY 13676.
  • 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. 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. We cannot accept audio-only audition recordings (CD, mp3, etc.).

 

 

Composition Auditions

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 audio recordings 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.
  • Questions and email submissions should be directed to Dr. Timothy Sullivan at sullivtr@potsdam.edu.