An audition is required for all students seeking admission to the Setnor School of Music.

In the interest of creating a process that is safe, welcoming, and accessible, the Setnor School of Music is moving auditions to an entirely online/digital submission format via Acceptd for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Please note that the Acceptd application will open in mid-September.

All students are responsible for meeting our deadlines. Prospective students must also complete the Syracuse University Common App.

Music Deadlines

Early Decision (First-year students only):

Nov. 15, 2020

Regular Decision (Fall):

Jan. 1, 2021

Spring Enrollment:

Spring enrollment into VPA programs is very limited. Please call the Office of Recruitment and Admissions to discuss availability and timeline.

Audition Requirements and Process

Listed below are specific Setnor School of Music audition requirements for each instrument. Each category also includes a list of recommended audition literature.

Please note: An audition on your primary instrument is required if you are applying to any of the following majors:

  • B.A. in music
  • B.M. in composition*
  • B.M. in music education
  • B.M. in music industry
  • B.M. in performance
  • B.M. in sound recording technology

*Students applying to the composition program must also submit the scores to two to three original compositions. These should be submitted online via Acceptd as part of your online audition materials.

If your first-choice major is something other than one listed above, but you have listed one of the B.M. degrees or the B.A. in music as your second-choice major on the Syracuse University Common Application supplement, you should also submit an audition. If you do not get into your first-choice program, you will need to have an audition on file to be considered for any of these majors. Please see “Submitting Your Audition Materials” below for details on how to do so.

Jazz and Commercial Auditions

Students may choose a course of study in jazz and commercial music in one of the majors listed below. Jazz/commercial auditions are only accepted when applying to these majors:

  • B.A. in music
  • B.M. in music education
  • B.M. in music industry
  • B.M. in sound recording technology

Requirements for All Auditioners (Classical and Jazz/Commercial)

  1. Prepare audition requirements for your primary instrument as described below.
  2. Create an application profile in Acceptd, submit the Music Audition Form, and upload your video-recorded audition materials.
    • The Music Audition Form requires applicants to provide information about their background and music experience, including a list of audition repertoire, music resume information, and a photo. You may also provide an email address for a music teacher to submit a recommendation on your behalf.
    • If you are applying to a composition degree, you must upload your required scores to your Acceptd application.
    • If you are a transfer student, please also include an unofficial copy of your transcript and course descriptions. This is in addition to the official transcripts that must be sent to the Office of Admissions.
  1. Submit a Syracuse University application via the Common Application.  Please see our website for all important deadlines.

 

Classical Music Audition Requirements (All Majors Can Audition with These Requirements)

Jazz and Commercial Music Audition Requirements (B.A. Music, B.M. Music Education, B.M. Music Industry, B.M. Sound Recording Technology Majors Only)


Transfer Students

Transfer students are encouraged to complete the application and transcript review as soon as possible as space is limited in some programs. It is strongly recommended that transfer applicants to the Setnor School of Music follow the first-year application deadlines. Please note:

    • Please include with your audition materials submitted to Acceptd an unofficial college transcript. This is in addition to the official college transcript you send with your application for admission.
    • Include a paragraph explaining why you wish to study music, what major you hope to pursue and why, what you expect from the major, and your career aspirations.

Submitting Your Audition Materials

Auditions may be submitted via Acceptd before or after the application but should meet all deadlines. Please review the audition and repertoire requirements carefully (listed above) so that all components are completed by the deadlines.

There is a $30 fee to submit video audition materials to Acceptd.

You may upload video files (.mov, .wmv, .flv) and PDF documents as appropriate to the requirements for your major of interest. It is also possible for you to embed files from YouTube or Vimeo. The online portal offers additional instruction for submitting materials. Once your audition is submitted, it can be viewed and rearranged until the final submission. For technical assistance, contact .

All music applicants are required to provide information about their background and music experience on the Music Audition form in Acceptd, including a list of audition repertoire, music resume information, and a photo. You may also provide an email address for a music teacher to submit a recommendation on your behalf.