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School of Choral Studies

School of Choral Studies Auditions

Applications for the 2019 season are now available. Recorded auditions must be submitted or postmarked by January 31, 2020. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, it is to your advantage to submit your application materials by January 31, 2020. 

School of Choral Studies Online Application

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 video audition. No preference is given to live or recorded auditions.

Audition Preparation

APPLICATION FORM: To participate in the audition process, complete the application form.  

SOLO: You should perform a prepared vocal selection to demonstrate your technical and musical abilities. 

SCALES: Prepare two scales: a major scale (ascending and descending) and a melodic minor scale (ascending and descending) in any key you prefer. 

REQUIRED SELECTION: You must prepare the required selection, which will be an important part of your audition.

 

Recorded Audition Requirements

Audition recordings will not be adjudicated without a completed application form.

Complete recorded auditions (your solo, scales, and the required selection) can be sent by:

  • Email:  nysssa@nysed.gov
  • Online: You may upload your audition to a video-sharing website (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) , and send the link by email. 
     

Live Audition Requirements

To participate in the live audition process, complete and return the application form at least two weeks prior to your selected audition date. Upon receipt of the application form, information about the audition deadlines, locations, schedules, and times will be emailed to you. 

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

You must supply your own accompaniment. 

Audition Dates

  • January 24, 4:30PM
    • Hofstra University, Hempstead
  • January 25, 9AM
    • Buffalo Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo
  • February 1, 9AM
    • Onondaga Community College, Syracuse
  • February 8, 9AM
    • Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
  • February 8, 9AM
    • NYU, New York City (FULL)

Audition Dates

January 31, 2020 - 5:00pm
NYSSSA Albany Office
Albany, New York
February 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Onondaga Community College
Syracuse, New York
February 8, 2020 - 9:00am
Schenectady County Community College
Schenectady, New York
February 8, 2020 - 10:00am
New York University
New York, New York
July 5, 2020 - 2:00pm
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, New York
August 1, 2020 - 2:00pm
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, New York

Required Documents

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total cost of tuition, room, and board is $2,500. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.