Performance is a fundamental part of Cornell’s cultural life. The Department of Music encourages music-making through a wide array of chamber and large ensembles, as well as its offerings in private lessons and directed coaching by members of the music faculty. Master classes, degree and non-degree recitals, contemporary music concerts, and an annual concerto competition supplement the music department’s concert offerings.
Fall 2020 Audition Information
Our choirs have been lending their voices and bringing spirit to occasions at Cornell since the beginning of the university's history. Touring, recording, and outreach offer truly unique experiences for members -- perks which bring us together and motivate our members to lead and inspire. The four department choral ensembles (Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, and Chorale) hold joint auditions.
Please explore singatcornell.com for a comprehensive overview of all the choral ensembles at Cornell.
Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra:
Orchestra audition information is on the audition website: https://www.cuorchestra.org/auditions. For more information, please contact Director Chris Kim, and for additional information, go to http://cuorchestra.org.
Chamber Flute Ensemble:
For information, please contact Juliana Pepinsky (email@example.com).
Chamber Music Ensembles:
To apply for chamber music, please fill out this form and include a link to a video audition. The video audition should consist of two short, contrasting selections. Excerpts of longer pieces are fine. Be sure the video is set to Unlisted. All materials are due by 11:59 pm on August 26. Students will be notified of groups and coaches during the first week of classes. For more information, please contact Juliana Pepinsky (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deixa Sambar (Brazilian Ensemble): No class for Fall 2020
Deixa Sambar performs several styles of samba, Brazil’s national music. Members need not have prior background in music-making, but a good sense of rhythm is desirable. Members include students as well as Ithaca community members, “brasileiros” as well as newcomers to Brazilian culture. No audition necessary. For more information, contact Professor Steven Pond (email@example.com).
The Gamelan Ensemble is open to the Cornell community by permission of the instructor. For information, please contact Christopher Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Music Improvisation Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to explore the elements of music from an improviser's perspective. Fall 2020, we’ll meet the particular challenges of the pandemic through innovative and exciting programming. The first half of the semester, we’ll explore unique outdoor acoustic environments across campus in socially distant group improvisation. The second half of the semester, we’ll explore improvisation through text pieces. The semester will culminate in a virtual performance made available to the public on the internet. This ensemble is open to any level of musician. An audition is required at the beginning of the semester simply as a means of introduction. Please contact instructor Annie Lewandowski for more information: email@example.com.
For information, please contact Christopher Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For information, please contact Mike Sparhuber (email@example.com).
Practice Room Information
Be sure to review our new practice room procedures.
Individual Lesson Auditions
Students can sign up for in-person piano auditions on Aug 31 and Sept 1 from 12-3 pm on the homepage here: cupiano.org. The audition is 10 minutes long, and students should prepare two contrasting works of their choosing, and we will have you sight-read. Contact Professor Xak Bjerken (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
For any violinists interested in private lessons - Fall 2020:
TO STUDY REMOTELY:
- If you are preparing an online audition tape for the Cornell Orchestra and would like to be considered for private lessons online, that tape can also be used for your Lessons Program audition; please submit that recording to email@example.com.
- If you would like to be considered for the Lessons Program for online instruction but will not be preparing a Cornell Orchestra audition tape, please send a YouTube video of two 3-octave scales plus two contrasting solo works to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All video submissions are due Friday, August 21st by 5pm EDT.
Notification of studio placement will be sent out by August 28th, 2020.
TO STUDY IN PERSON:
For any violists interested in private lessons - Fall 2020:
TO STUDY REMOTELY:
- If you are preparing an online audition tape for the Cornell Orchestra and would like to be considered for private lessons, that tape can also be used for your Lessons Program audition; please submit that recording to email@example.com.
- If you would like to be considered for the Lessons Program but will not be preparing a Cornell Orchestra audition tape, please send a YouTube video of two 3-octave scales plus two contrasting solo works to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All video submissions are due Friday, August 21st by 5pm EDT. Notification of studio placement will be sent out via email by August 28th, 2020.
*Special note: Dr. Schatz-Harris will only be offering online lessons during the Fall 2020 semester. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but this will be our best option for the coming term.
For any questions, please send an email to email@example.com
Due to social distancing/public health requirements, in-person auditions will not happen in Fall 2020. Instead, students can submit an audition video via email to by September 4th at 11:59 PM schedule a zoom meeting on September 5th or 6th* to discuss their submission and speak about their interest in voice lessons. All students must fill out prior to their audition meeting; included in this form is a link to sign up for the audition meeting slot.
Prospective students should record two pieces that best demonstrate their current level, both musical and vocal. Videos can be submitted from past performances, as long as they demonstrate solo singing, or can be made for the purpose of this audition; in both cases, accompaniment is not necessary. Placement options are sometimes available for beginners without repertory; in this case, please write to Ms. Fitz Gibbon to inquire about this possibility.
*Students who are unavailable this weekend are welcome to schedule an earlier audition time.
Students interested in taking lessons for the first time on any other instrument should audition during the instrument’s scheduled ensemble audition time. Students do not need to re-audition if they have taken lessons in the past, unless they are taking lessons on a different instrument for the first time. Contact the Faculty Sponsor for your instrument (a list of these sponsors can be found at music.cornell.edu/performing/private-lessons/)
Featured Ensemble Performance: Symphony Orchestra, 4/29/18
Cornell Symphony Orchestra (CSO), led by conductor Chris Younghoon Kim, features Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March and Symphony No. 6.