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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.

2020-2021 Audition Dates

Registration for Fall 2020 auditions is now closed.
The 2020-2021 Audition Registration Forms will be available starting in July
  • Saturday, December 12, 2020 (last day to register: November 29, 2020)
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021 (last day to register: January 24, 2021)
  • Off-Campus Auditions: February 18-20, 2021 (last day to register: February 7, 2021 )
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021 (last day to register: February 14, 2021)

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, December 12, 2020 (last day to register: November 29, 2020)
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021 (last day to register: January 24, 2021)
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021 (last day to register: February 14, 2021)

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.
  • Directions to campus.

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 19) or on campus. Percussion students can audition on Long Island (on February 18 or 19) or on campus. Harp students must audition on campus.

The last day to register for all off-campus audition dates is February 7, 2021.

Long Island - Mineola High School (Garden City, NY)
Thursday, February 18, 2021 & Friday, February 19, 2021

Buffalo - Williamsville South High School (Williamsville, NY)
Friday, February 19, 2021

New York City - Grand Street High School (Brooklyn, NY)
Friday, February 19, 2021
(Piano auditions welcome)

Hudson Valley - Cornwall Central High School (New Windsor, NY)
Saturday, February 20, 2021

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 last day to register is November 19, 2020 for spring 2020 admission and February 14, 2021 for fall 2021 admission. The Crane Admissions Office will send an email within two weeks confirming if your video audition has been approved.

Video submission deadline
December 11, 2020 (for spring admission); February 26, 2021 (for fall admission).

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 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.