Updated 5/19/2020

With concern for COVID-19, we are making the following accommodations for prospective student auditions.

Options for auditioning at SUNY Oneonta:

  • Audition live via an online platform such as Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom during the time/date of your scheduled live audition (or reschedule to do this during one of our remaining audition dates).
  • Send us YouTube or Vimeo video links of you performing the required repertoire/techniques in lieu of an in-person audition. (Email links to by 6/1/2020).      

All auditions (in person, online, or video link submissions) must be completed by June 1st, 2020.

All options will be considered equally. 

We encourage you to use your best judgement about how to proceed in light of the current public health crisis. Please contact us at (607) 436-3415 or to let us know how you would like to proceed or if you have any questions.

Audition Requirements (BA in Music)

In addition to being accepted into the college, BA in 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) 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 recommended and preferred that you audition on campus on one of 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, we will accept YouTube or Vimeo video links that include all audition requirements listed below. You should send your video links to

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 online for). Depending on your interest in these extra activities, you can anticipate being on campus for up to three to four hours on the day of your audition.

No more than four 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. In some cases, the Committee may recommend that you be admitted on probationary terms (undeclared major). This would require you to take lessons during your first semester to work on any areas that need improvement, followed by a second audition.

General Audition Criteria

All auditions include the elements listed below. Specific requirements for percussionists are also listed. Prospective students are encouraged to consult private instructors and/or ensemble directors to select appropriate repertoire.

  • 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 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 all sticks/mallets they need to perform. All instruments will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own snare, cymbals, pedals, etc., if desired.

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