School of Music
Frequently Asked Questions about Auditions


School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151

When are auditions held?

How do I schedule an audition?

Do I need to apply to The State University of New York at Fredonia before scheduling an audition?

Will I need a letter of recommendation?

I am interested in the Sound Recording Technology program. Do I need to audition?

I am interested in the Music Therapy program. Do I need to audition?

Do I need an accompanist for my audition?

Does the piano accompanist want original copies of the piano music? Or should I put photocopies in plastic sleeves?

How early should I arrive for my audition?

What should I wear to the audition?

How long does the audition day last?

Is an interview required for Performance or Music Education applicants?

What should I prepare for the audition?

Besides the pieces or songs I prepare, what else will I do in the audition?

If I audition off-campus, are my chances of admission as good as if I audition on-campus?

Will the School of Music send me the admission decision?

How long will I wait until I learn the audition outcome?

If I am not admitted, can I get feedback on my audition?

If I am not accepted to the School of Music, but I am accepted to the university, may I enroll anyway?

If I am not accepted to the School of Music, may I audition again?



When are auditions held?
See the list of dates and deadlines.

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How do I schedule an audition?
It's easy to do online. Start here.

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Do I need to apply to The State University of New York at Fredonia before scheduling an audition?
We recommend that you do. You will appear more genuinely interested in Fredonia, and also we can't give you the outcome of your audition until your SUNY Fredonia application is complete. Start the application process here.

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Will I need a letter of recommendation?
Yes, you will need two from music teachers. Download the Confidential Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF) with instructions.

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I am interested in the Sound Recording Technology program. Do I need to audition?
Yes. The SRT program is a music degree program, and admission to all music degree programs is by audition only. SRT applicants are expected to have a strong academic record that includes coursework in mathematics and science. The audition for SRT also involves an interview with the head of the program, Prof. Bernd Gottinger.

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I am interested in the Music Therapy program. Do I need to audition?
Yes. The Music Therapy program is a music degree program, and admission to all music degree programs is by audition only. In addition, Music Therapy applicants must also interview with the head of the program, Prof. Joni Milgram-Luterman.

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Do I need an accompanist for my audition?
Instrumental auditions must be unaccompanied, but vocal ones must be accompanied. Singers are welcome to bring your own accompanist to the audition, but we also supply them at no extra cost for both on- and off-campus auditions.

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Does the piano accompanist want original copies of the piano music? Or should I put photocopies in plastic sleeves?
Originals are acceptable as long as they are not in books—they will not stay open on the piano's music rack. Plastic sleeves reflect light, which can cause reading problems. Best for the accompanists, are two-sided photocopies in a three-ring binder. Be sure, when making the photocopies, that all of the music makes it onto the page.

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How early should I arrive for my audition?
We recommend arriving about 30-45 minutes before your first scheduled event. This will allow for parking, walking to the music building (Mason Hall), signing in and talking with our representatives in the lobby, finding a practice room, warming up, and taking a few deep breaths before starting the audition process.

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What should I wear to the audition?
The audition is an important event, so you should look as if you are taking it seriously. Dress nicely, but don't go overboard—it's not a formal evening concert. No tuxedos or prom dresses, but no jeans and sneakers, either.

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How long does the audition day last?
Events include the audition itself, an interview (for SRT, Music Therapy, and Composition applicants), a computer-administered music theory test, and information sessions. Sometimes these events take place in relatively close succession, but sometimes there is time between them. Plan to be in Mason Hall for several hours.

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Is an interview required for Performance or Music Education applicants?
Not a separate interview, as for SRT, Music Therapy, and Composition applicants. The audition is the interview for Performance and Music Education applicants.

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What should I prepare for the audition?
Audition requirements vary for the various instruments. See the audition requirements.

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Besides the pieces or songs I prepare, what else will I do in the audition?
Technical requirements like scales and arpeggios are listed with the audition requirements. You can also expect to do some sight-reading. In addition, an aural skills test will see if you can sing back rhythms and pitches that are played on the piano by the professor hearing your audition, and to see if you can sing melodies at sight.

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If I audition off-campus, are my chances of admission as good as if I audition on-campus?
We do our best to make sure you have an equal chance, but the main professor of your instrument is not likely to be present at the off-campus audition. Furthermore, you will get much more content and perspective at a campus audition. Still, this is a viable way to audition, especially if Albany or Long Island locations are much more convenient for you.

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Will the School of Music send me the admission decision?
No. You will receive a letter from the Office of Admissions.

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How long will I wait until I learn the audition outcome?
The Fredonia School of Music sends admission decisions to the Admissions Office at three times: mid-February, early March, and late March. Most will learn the outcome by mid-March.

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If I am not admitted, can I get feedback on my audition?
No. We're sorry, but neither the Office of Admissions nor the School of Music will discuss the audition.

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If I am not accepted to the School of Music, but I am accepted to the university, may I enroll anyway?
Yes, although you won't have access to courses intended specifically for music majors. We do have a number of ways for you to be involved in music, even as a non-major.

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If I am not accepted to the School of Music, may I audition again?
We won't tell you that you can't, but we encourage you to be realistic. The second audition uses the same standard. If you come to Fredonia in the hope of getting into a music program by auditioning again, that is a gamble that may or may not pay off.

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Questions about the Admissions process for the School of Music?
E-mail, call, or write:


Fredonia School of Music
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3151

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