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Welcome to the online portal for submitting the required audition forms and online auditions to the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University.

The Setnor School of Music offers opportunities for the highest level of professional musical development and accomplishment within the context of a broad, humanistic education. We encourage the widest possible range of creative options for our students, recognizing that the Western classical tradition continues to grow and expand and that it is only one in a world of myriad others. 

We believe that all our areas of emphasis--instrumental and vocal performance, conducting, music education, music industry, audio arts, sound recording technology, voice pedagogy, and composition--are interdependent and integral to the success of the school, the health of the profession, and the evolution of culture, and we, therefore, strive for the highest standards in every one of these degree programs.

Please visit our website for more information about our music programs, requirements, and procedures.

Audition forms may be submitted via Acceptd before or after the application but should meet all deadlines. You will select your preference for an in-person audition or a virtual audition (virtual auditions require a video-recorded audition and a virtual interview.) You will not be able to select an audition or interview date until your audition materials are submitted and you complete the online theory test (undergraduate applicants only).

Please review the audition and repertoire requirements carefully (linked below) so that all components are completed by the deadlines.

Follow these steps as you move through the online audition process:

  1. All music applicants are required to create a profile in Acceptd and submit the Music Audition Form by January 5.

    • To get started with your Music Audition Form, choose  your “Program” (Instrument). You will indicate in your Application Information which major you are interested in, and whether or not you are applying as a graduate or undergraduate student.

    • The Music Audition Form requires music 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.

  2. Complete the online music theory test
    • Once your audition materials have been uploaded to Acceptd, you will receive a confirmation message that includes a link to the required theory test. Once you complete the test, your materials will be processed for review by faculty, and you will receive access to schedule your in-person audition or virtual interview.

    • Please note that graduate applicants are not required to complete a theory test. Within two business days of submitting your materials, you will receive access to scheduling, if applicable.

  3. Schedule an in-person audition, or upload your materials and schedule a virtual interview date

    • You will indicate if you prefer to complete your audition in-person or virtually. If you select a virtual audition, you will be required to submit your video-recorded audition materials to Acceptd and schedule a virtual interview with the music faculty.  Video materials are due by February 1.

    • During the in-person auditions and virtual interviews, faculty will conduct sight singing/sight reading exercises, test aural skills, and/or ask for specific scales to be performed. There will also be opportunity for conversation, Q&A and discussion about your goals and interests with the faculty.Once your theory test has been reviewed, you will receive access to schedule your required in-person audition or virtual interview via Acceptd.

  4. In addition to the audition form and completing an audition, you must submit a Syracuse University application.  Please see our website for all important deadlines. To start your Syracuse University application, you can visit the website here.

Please visit the College of Visual and Performing Arts website for the specific auditions requirements for your instrument and degree program:


  • If you are completing a virtual audition, make sure that the required audition media has been attached to your Acceptd profile before you submit.
  • 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.

If you have any questions about our process, please contact, or call 315-443-2769.

For technical questions, please check out the Acceptd Support Help Desk.