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All music programs of study at SUNY Plattsburgh (the music major, music minor or music concentration) are contingent upon acceptance to the college and the completion of a successful audition/interview with the music faculty. Students may declare the major, minor, or concentration at any time. In order to complete the program of study, a successful audition through the Department of Music must performed on a principal instrument. We recommend that this be completed during the fifth or sixth semester of study in the program, or junior year.
Additionally, applicants must complete and return the Application for Music Audition Form and the Teacher Reference Form.
The audition/interview gives us the opportunity to learn about your musical qualifications and to assess your placement level for coursework. It also gives you the opportunity to learn more about music at Plattsburgh and decide if we are a good fit for you.
The awarding of Heisler Scholarships is also contingent upon acceptance to the college and the completion of a successful audition/interview with the music faculty.
Students seeking admission to the music major program are required to audition in person. Applicants for the Heisler Scholarship must also audition in person.
On the day of your audition, arrive early enough to allow yourself to warm up in our practice rooms, located on the third floor of Myers Fine Arts Building. Be ready at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to audition. There will be several question-and-answer sessions scheduled for students and parents throughout the audition day. The diagnostic theory/aural skills test will be administered at a single session during the day.
Each program of study in music has specific guidelines for auditioning:
If you would like more information about the music program of SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Dr. Karen Becker, Chairperson
Phone: (518) 564-2477
Fax: (518) 564-2197