Lunch at the Hilltop Cafe (optional) 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Campus Tour (optional) 12 - 12:30 p.m.
Music Auditions: Individual Auditions 10:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Your individual audition time will be announced prior to the event.

What to expect

Music auditions will be one on one with faculty and we are scheduling 15-minute meetings for each audition. We recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes early for check-in at Thomas Commons, then get settled in and warm up.

Once your audition is complete, we invite you to explore campus and downtown Mount Vernon to see what it will be like to live on the Hilltop. It’s never too early to start making new friends—you might want to meet up with another student and his or her family to have lunch at our nationally ranked Hilltop Café or Zamora’s Market; both are located in the Thomas Commons, the living room of campus.

We also invite you to attend Destination: Cornell, a special event for admitted students. 

We will share scholarship results from the auditions with you via email within 2 weeks after your audition is complete.

What to prepare:

2 works of contrasting style, no more than 7 minutes total.  

  • Sheet music for both selections you will be performing (Email by Feb. 5)
  • Vocalists: be sure that your sheet music includes piano parts for our accompanist
  • Instrumentalists: be prepared to perform scales

Additional guidelines

What to bring:

Your instrument, any music you may need, and an adventurous spirit.

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