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School of Choral Studies

School of Choral Studies Auditions

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 School of Choral Studies.

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.  Click here to complete an online application for the School of Choral Studies. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Mail: Auditions may also be saved to a flash drive and mailed to NYSSSA at:

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. Please note that flashdrives will not be returned.

Audition Dates

Syracuse - January 13; Buffalo - January 20; Albany - January 27; Rochester - January 27; New York City - February 3; Long Island - January 12 (Please note that we may be scheduling an additional Long Island Audition Date)

Required Documents

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total cost of tuition, room, and board is $2,250. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.

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