School of Choral Studies
July 3- 30, 2016
SUNY Fredonia


Co-Sponsored by NYSSMA

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Click here to submit your 2016 School of Choral Studies Application Form.

Please visit our Audition Page for audition requirements as our audition process has changed. Applicants are encouraged to review our audition proceedure to make sure they have completed all necesasary requirements. Incomplete applications will not be adjudicated for admission to NYSSSA.


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Experience the joy of singing, the thrill of performing, and the power of choral music with other talented students and a superb artistic faculty during four weeks of intensive vocal and musical instruction at the School of Choral Studies.

A nationally acclaimed choral faculty will provide you with an excellent music education and daily instruction in choral singing and comprehensive musicianship. You will study private voice and have the opportunity to participate in musical theater and opera scenes, stagecraft and movement, small ensembles, and voice recitals.

You will perform with the NYSSSA Chorale in the magnificent Rosh Recital Hall at the Rockefeller Center for the Arts at SUNY Fredonia and in the Amphitheater at the famous Chautauqua Institution.

You will be housed on the SUNY Fredonia campus and use the excellent facilities of the music department. In addition to a rigorous program in choral studies, you will enjoy a variety of cultural activities, including concerts, opera and theater performances at the Chautauqua Institution, as well as master classes and workshops by guest artists.

The School of Choral Studies is co-sponsored by SUNY Fredonia and the New York State School Music Association, and is administered by the New York State Education Department. Music educators are encouraged to visit the school and observe all aspects of the program.

Application Process

If you are interested in attending the School of Choral Studies, you must audition successfully to become a member or alternate. You may audition for NYSSSA either by attending one of the live auditions held at different locations around the state or by submitting a recorded audition. No preference is given to live or recorded auditions. Video recordings are strongly preferred over audio recordings.

For your audition, you should perform a prepared vocal selection to demonstrate your technical and musical abilities. You must supply your own accompaniment. Please also prepare two scales: a major scale (ascending and descending) and a melodic minor scale (ascending and descending) in any key you prefer.  You must also prepare the selection (Please click here for Audition Selection); this will be an important part of your audition.

To participate in the audition process, complete and return the application form at least two weeks prior to your selected audition date or by the recorded audition deadline of January 29th, 2016. Upon receipt of this application form, complete information about the audition deadlines, locations, schedules, and times will be e-mailed to you.

Complete recorded auditions (your solo, scales and the required selection) may be emailed to nysssa@nysed.gov; you may upload your audition to a video-sharing website (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and email the link or you may attach your audition file(s) to your email. Auditions may also be saved on a CD or flash drive and mailed to NYSSSA. Audition recordings will not be adjudicated without a completed application.

Please send your audition recording by email to: nysssa@nysed.gov


Send your recording by mail to: NYSSSA, Cultural Education Center, Room 10D79, Albany, NY 12230

Please label all audition correspondence with your first and last name, voice part, and the composer and title of your solo selection.

Pre-Registration for live auditions is strongly recommended.  It is not guaranteed that audition sites will be able to accept walk-in applicants.


 2016 Audition Sites

Syracuse Area – January 9, 2016

Marcellus High School (OCMEA site)

Buffalo Area – January 23, 2016

Buffalo Academy for Visual/Performing Arts (ECMEA), Buffalo

Capital District – January 30, 2016

Schenectady County Community College  

New York City – February 6, 2016

New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Pless Annex


Recorded Auditions- Must be Postmarked or emailed by January 29, 2016 Your complete audition (solo, scales and selection) must be received by the NYSSSA office by this deadline in order for you to be considered for admission to NYSSSA. Please mark all audition documents with the following information: Name, Voice Part, Composer, Title. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



Tuition and Financial Aid

The entire cost of attending the School of Choral Studies, including tuition, instruction, room, and board is $2,200.

NYSSSA's summer programs are open to all New York State students currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12 who qualify through the audition process. Tuition, room, and board costs should not discourage any talented young artist from auditioning.

Tuition Assistance Forms are mailed to students after the audition process. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.

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