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Undergraduate Applicants to the Music Department

A note from the Music Department Chair:

Auditions play in important role in the Music department at SUNY New Paltz. 

During the pandemic our audition practices shifted slightly, however, at this point all of our auditions will be conducted in person.

Please be aware that anyone coming to SUNY New Paltz is required to wear a mask at all times within our buildings, however, masks may be removed during auditions for vocalists, wind players and brass players. 

We look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, and give you a chance to get to know us. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact our administrative assistant, Lee Degnan, at degnanl@newpaltz.edu.

Best,

Dr. Beth Thomas

Chair, Department of Music

 

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION TO THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Admission to the Music Department is by audition. Before arranging an audition, prospective students must apply to the college. Freshmen must be accepted to the College before auditioning. Transfer students must apply to the college before auditioning and pass the audition before being accepted to the College. All prospective students must be accepted by the College. See below for details.

 

Auditions for Spring 2022 entry will be held on 11/20/21.

Auditions for Fall 2022 entry will be held on 2/5/22, 3/5/22 and 4/9/22.

Auditions will be in person for applicants who will have been fully vaccinated by their audition date.

All auditions for individuals who have not been fully vaccinated by their audition date will be held remotely.

 

Entrance into the major is by audition for all students which includes a meeting between prospective students and faculty. Students do not have to decide immediately on a concentration. Upon admission prospective students will be asked to complete a music theory placement test. Scores on the music theory test are used to place students in the correct music theory courses and do not affect admissions decisions.

All prospective freshman Music majors must first be admitted to the college. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information about applying to the College. Contact information is below. Once admitted to the College, students should schedule an audition as early as possible after acceptance. Please contact Lee Degnan by phone at 845-257-2700 or by email at degnanl@newpaltz.edu.

All prospective transfer Music majors must first apply to the college and receive a student ID number. After applying to the college, prospective transfer students should schedule an audition as soon as possible after receiving your student ID. If you have questions about scheduling an audition please contact Lee Degnan by phone at 845-257-2700 or by email at degnanl@newpaltz.edu. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for more information about applying to the College. Contact information is below. After auditioning the College will make a final admission decision.

Current New Paltz students who are not Music majors may transfer into the department and should contact the Music department to schedule an audition in the first half of the semester. If you have questions about scheduling an audition please contact Lee Degnan by phone at 845-257-2700 or by email at degnanl@newpaltz.edu.

CONTACT UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

Office of Undergraduate Admission
100 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York 12561
Phone: (845) 257-3200
Email: admissions@newpaltz.edu

ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN MUSIC THERAPY

Applicants to the Music Therapy Graduate program are encouraged to apply for entrance in the Fall 2021 semester. For information on the graduate program in Music Therapy please contact Music Therapy director Dr. Kathleen Murphy at murphyk@newpaltz.edu. For further information applying to the graduate program in Music Therapy please refer to the Graduate School Admission FAQ page.

CONTACT GRADUATE ADMISSION

Office of Graduate Admission
100 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York 12561
Phone: (845) 3947
Email: gradstudies@newpaltz.edu

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