Audition Requirements (B.A. Music)

In addition to being accepted into the college, B.A. Music students are required to audition for acceptance into the music program.

After you receive notification that you have been accepted into the college, please contact the Music Department to confirm your availability to audition on one of the following dates.

Contact the Music Department at (607) 436-3415 or

Spring 2020 auditions (for fall 2020 enrollment) for all instruments will be offered on the following dates:

    • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    • Friday, March 20, 2020 (no piano students on this date)
    • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    • Thursday, April 16, 2020

It is preferred that your audition is conducted on campus on the dates listed above, so you can meet faculty and students within the department. However, if you are unable to audition in person on these dates for any reason, please contact the Music Department to discuss alternatives.

During your audition day, you will present your audition materials (approximately 20-minutes), meet with faculty in the BA Music program, and receive a tour of music department facilities. You may also opt to sit in on classes in the Music Department. Additionally, all audition dates coincide with campus Admitted Student ‘Experience Oneonta’ dates (coordinated through the Admissions Office, for which you can register at - ). Depending on your interest in these extra activities, you should anticipate being on campus for up to three or four hours on the day of your audition.

About two weeks after the audition, you will receive a letter from the Music Department Chair with the recommendation of the audition committee. Upon passing the audition, you will be admitted as a Music major. If you demonstrate any deficiency in your auditions, the committee may recommend that you are admitted on probationary terms (undeclared major), which would require you to take lessons during your first semester to work on any areas that need improvement, followed by a second audition at the end of your first semester.

General Audition Criteria

All auditions include the elements listed below. Specific requirements for vocalists and percussionists are also listed. Prospective students are encouraged to consult private instructors and/or ensemble directors to select good literature that can be performed well.

  • Performance of two contrasting selections (bring copies of all prepared music for the audition committee, and communicate with the Department if you require an accompanist)
  • Sight-reading
  • Presentation of scales, arpeggios, or other fundamentals/rudiments specific to your instrument

Specific Audition Criteria for Voice

Voice auditions (20 minutes): Students will be asked to sing two contrasting songs from memory, be vocalized to hear the quality of voice in different ranges, and to sight read a few exercises. A short interview will follow discussing student’s experience and interests in the degree programs in the department. Provide music in a three-ring binder, or in a book, for the accompanist. Be prepared to perform first and have the interview after you sing.

Specific Audition Criteria for Percussion

All percussionists applying for entry to the BA Music major should prepare solos on two of the following instruments of their choice:

  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone or Marimba
  • Drum set
  • Timpani/Multiple Percussion/Hand Drums

Auditioning students should also be prepared to demonstrate the following:

  • 40 PAS rudiments on snare drum
  • All major and natural minor scales on a mallet instrument (if applicable)
  • Basic styles on drum set (rock, swing, etc.)
  • Sight reading on snare and a mallet instrument (if applicable)

Auditioning students should bring one copy of each prepared solo, and all sticks/mallets they need to perform. All instruments will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own snare if desired.

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