Potential students and current students who wish to major in Music or Music Therapy at SUNY New Paltz must pass an audition. Auditions should be completed the semester prior to the intended starting term (e.g., auditions are held in spring for fall enrollment). Information regarding the process to qualify for an audition, information about the audition, and the application to request an audition are provided below.
Freshmen applicants must first apply to Undergraduate Admissions and should include the Music curriculum code 0335 on the admission application. Upon receiving an acceptance letter, potential students may then submit a music audition application. An audition application should not be submitted before an acceptance letter from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has been received.
Transfer applicants must apply to Undergraduate Admissions and should include the Music curriculum code 0335 on the admissions application. Upon receiving confirmation that the admissions application has been received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, candidates may then submit an audition application. For transfer applicants admission to the college is contingent upon admission to the major.
Placement into courses in Theory, Piano, and Sight Singing and Ear Training is subject to the results of placement tests administered at the audition or upon the student's arrival at New Paltz. The Music Department will grant transfer credit for a maximum of two semesters of Applied Music and two semesters of Ensemble.
Current students studying at SUNY New Paltz should apply for an audition one semester before they intend to declare Music as a major.
Students currently studying at SUNY New Paltz who wish to include a minor in Music are eligible to add the minor after a major has been declared; auditions are not required. The Declaration of Minor form is provided by the Office of Records & Registration. Please submit this form to the Department of Music for the assignment of an advisor.
Graduate applicants must first apply to Graduate Admissions and then submit an audition application. Applicants must indicate the Music Therapy curriculum code 285 on their Graduate School Admissions application.
Once the requirements above have been met, applicants may then apply for an audition.
All applicants will be required to complete an audition. Auditions should be completed the semester prior to the intended starting term (e.g., auditions are held in spring for fall enrollment). All auditions are to be conducted in person and are held on campus in the Department of Music's facilities in the College Hall building.*
Students who reside at a considerable distance from SUNY New Paltz may request, in the online application, an audition by CD, DVD, or Skype. Students who audition in this way may be accepted provisionally, subject to the results of an in-person audition upon arrival at New Paltz.
* Exceptions are made for the following:
- Out-of-state residents may request to submit a CD or DVD recording of their audition, but will be required to audition in person upon arrival at the College. To request this permission, please contact the secretary in the Department of Music at: (845) 257-2700. Upon receiving approval, select the "CD/DVD Audition - Out-of-State Residents & International Applicants Only" option on the application.
- International applicants are permitted to submit a CD or DVD recording of their audition, but will be required to audition in person upon arrival at the College. Select the "CD/DVD Audition - Out-of-State Residents & International Applicants Only" option on the application.
The undergraduate audition will consist of the performance of two standard pieces selected by the applicant (or solos, depending on length of piece), scales, and sight reading on the individual's primary instrument or voice. Both pieces must be performed on the same instrument, and both should be in the same genre (classical or jazz). The performance of original (personally composed) works during the audition is not permitted. Selections to be performed must be in contrasting styles (i.e., a fast and a slow piece) to demonstrate the highest level of technical and music skill. Jazz applicants must perform two solos from the standard jazz repertoire. Placement tests in sight singing, piano, and theory will also be given during the audition to determine the level of placement in these required sequences.
Classical singers must perform from memory with live accompaniment.
Classical instrumentalists may audition unaccompanied or bring recorded accompaniment.
Jazz instrumentalists may bring recorded accompaniment.
If live accompaniment is required, the applicants must make arrangements for having an accompanist present during the audition. If applicants wish to hire a pianist from the local area to accompany them during an audition, please contact Sofya Maryanova* by phone at 845-706-1590 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Any agreements made are solely between the applicant and the hired accompanist.
The graduate audition will consist of the performance of two contrasting selections on their major instrument. Additionally applicants should prepare five songs to sing while accompanying themselves on the guitar and five songs to sing while accompanying themselves on the piano. These songs should be memorized and applicants should be prepared to discuss possible clinical applications for their use. Placement exams in Sight Singing/Ear Training and Theory will be components of the audition as well.
The following is a form to be completed for listing the ten songs. Please print and provide it to the auditors on the day of the audition.