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Audition Information: BA in Musical Theatre

SUNY Geneseo Music and Musical Theatre auditions will be in video and online format this year. Please contact Tammy Farrell at farrell@geneseo.edu to apply or get more information.

When to Audition

For a fall semester entrance to Geneseo, it is recommended that high school seniors and transfer students audition before March 1, and transfer students intending to transfer for the spring semester should audition before November 1, although on-campus auditions may take place virtually any time of the year by individual appointment.

What to Prepare

Musical Theatre applicants will audition in the three performance areas of voice, dance, and acting.  Music theory and sight-singing placement exams will take place at a later date in consultation with the Coordinator of Musical Theatre; an individual entrance interview will be scheduled as needed.  All applicants should prepare the following:

  • Voice: Students must prepare two, 32-bar musical theatre songs that demonstrate their ability to sing in tune with good vocal quality and musical intelligence. The songs should be memorized and one should be written before 1970. One of the songs should be a ballad. If a student has significant classical training, an art song or aria may be presented in addition to the other two prepared songs.  Please use a karaoke or piano track as your accompaniment.
  • Acting: Students must prepare two contrasting monologues, traditionally a comedic and a dramatic monologue. Each piece should be less than one-and-a-half minutes long and memorized. Select audition monologues that contain characters within five years of your current age. There is no period requirement.
  • Dance: Students will present a 30-45 second clip of themselves performing a style of their choice that represents their current level of experience; styles may range from ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, among others, or a combination from a musical theatre production.  Students should dress in appropriately fitted dance or athletic clothes.  Please use a karaoke or piano track as your accompaniment.
  • Resumé: Musical theatre students must submit a resumé that includes personal goals as a theatre artist, relevant theatre experience, special skills and hobbies, and other performance or athletic experience.  
  • Headshot or Photo: Musical theatre students must submit a current headshot or photo.