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Auditions Information

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:

Repertoire for Auditions

 

On-Campus Auditions

All 2020-2021 auditions will be conducted virtually. The following information has been kept online for those looking forward to a 2021-2022 audition. 

On-campus auditions are highly recommended. Students and parents get the opportunity to tour our facilities and meet with Crane faculty, students, administrators and Admissions staff. Harp auditions are only available on-campus. Piano auditions are available on-campus or at our New York City location only. Percussion auditions are available on-campus or at our Long Island location only. In addition, those who audition on campus can warm up in individual practice rooms, and do not have to pay a registration fee. Crane alumni are typically present at all auditions, both on- and off-campus.

Who Administers On-Campus Auditions

All on-campus auditions are performed for the faculty overseeing each instrument or voice area. Vocal auditions are always conducted by members of the voice faculty, regardless of location, and are all videotaped for review.

Travel Information & Directions

 

Off-Campus Auditions

All 2020-2021 auditions will be conducted virtually. The following information has been kept online for those looking forward to a 2021-2022 audition. 

For those that cannot travel to Potsdam, we offer off-campus auditions in the Buffalo, Long Island, Hudson Valley and New York City areas. At off-campus auditions, representatives from Crane and the Admissions office are always available to answer questions. Harp auditions are not available off-campus. Percussion auditions are available on-campus or at our Long Island location only. Piano auditions are available on-campus or at our New York City location only. Warm-up facilities off-campus are usually communal (individual practice rooms aren’t available), and audition time-slots are sometimes limited as well. There is a $50 non-refundable fee for off-campus auditions, which helps offset the cost of these events.

Who Administers Off-Campus Auditions

Most off-campus auditions for instrumentalists are administered by a faculty member from that area (one for all strings, one for all brass, one for all woodwinds). These auditions are videotaped for the primary teacher’s review, except for in New York City.

NYC auditions are administered by a Crane faculty member and videotaped, but may be overseen by a faculty member outside of your instrumental area.

Directions to off-campus audition sites

What to Expect at the Audition

What repertoire should I choose from?

A listing of representative undergraduate repertoire for auditions can be found here. Students should consult this list well in advance of their planned audition day. Students should be prepared for sight-reading to be part of the audition as well. Graduate students in voice, piano and trumpet can find repertoire information here. For other instruments, please contact the Crane Graduate Office at gradmusic@potsdam.edu or (315) 267-2417.

Should I memorize my music?

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

Will I have accompaniment?

For 2020-2021, when all auditions will be by video, only vocal auditions should be submitted with piano accompaniment, if possible. For more, see the main auditions page.

When we are able to resume in-person auditions (which will be no sooner than December 2021), we will return to our normal policy: only vocal auditions will have piano accompaniment, and accompanists will be provided for both on- and off-campus auditions.  A $30 non-refundable fee will charged for this when the audition is scheduled. For recommendations about providing music for our accompanists, please click here.

Can I audition more than once?

Due to the large number of auditions for admission to Crane each year, prospective students are only allowed one audition per performance area, per year or admissions cycle (typically from December to March).

What if I get sick or have an emergency?

Students who are ill for their scheduled audition date should contact Crane prior to the audition and the appointment will be rescheduled. If you need to cancel or change your audition date for any other reason, please notify Crane as soon as possible. Late cancellations and no-shows affect other students, faculty and staff adversely.

What do I bring to my audition (besides my instrument/music)?

Nothing! Your recommendation letters should have been mailed to Crane at least two weeks prior to your audition. You don’t need to bring resumes or letters of recommendation to the audition itself.