Students who excel in musical performance or composition may wish to supplement their applications with a recording or musical score. Students should submit recordings only if they believe that their musical abilities will enhance their application. These materials are evaluated by faculty members in Music and the evaluations are then forwarded to the respective college’s admissions office. The evaluation of musical accomplishment among applicants to Cornell attempts to identify candidates with a distinguishing excellence in music. Such accomplishment suggests that a student is able to concentrate on difficult long-term goals and to achieve them. Click here for instructions on how to submit recordings or scores.
Recordings and scores submitted as part of the admissions process do not replace live auditions for ensembles or lessons; these take place at the start of every semester. No audition is required of potential music majors, either live or recorded, as the application to become a music major is made after the student has enrolled at Cornell, usually in the sophomore year.