Crane Admissions

Be part of a great tradition and join an alumni network of musicians who have achieved extraordinary success.

Thank you for your interest in The Crane School of Music and The State University of New York at Potsdam. We look forward to your application and audition. The following information is to assist you in completing the admissions process. If you have any questions, please look through the materials available via the links on this webpage.  If the answer to your question is not here, please call the College and/or The Crane School at 1-877-POTSDAM (toll free). This number has an automated menu system that will allow you to contact both the College and the Crane admissions offices. Or e-mail us at (College) or (Crane).

Registration for 2016-2017 will begin by September 1st


2016-2017 Audition Dates

On Campus Auditions

Saturday, December 10, 2016   (last day to register for this audition: November 27, 2016)
Saturday, February 4, 2017   (last day to register for this audition: January 22, 2017)
Saturday, March 4, 2017    (last day to register for this audition: February 19, 2017)

Click here to see the overall On-Campus Audition Day schedule

Off Campus Auditions
(last day to register for off campus auditions: February 12, 2017)

Long Island –Herricks High School
Thursday, February
23, 2017
Friday, February
24, 2017
(no percussion, no harp either date)

Buffalo area – Williamsville South High School
, February 24, 2017
(no piano, no percussion, no harp)

Central Valley – Monroe/Woodbury High School
Saturday, February 25, 2017
(no piano, no percussion, no harp)


  • You must schedule your audition no later than two weeks prior to the audition (see dates above). We must close out registration at that point in order to schedule the audition day.
  • If you need to cancel or change your audition date, please inform us as soon as possible as late cancellations and no-shows impact the auditioning faculty, Crane staff, and other auditioning students adversely.
  • There is no cost for on-campus auditions. Off-campus auditions require payment of a $50 non-refundable registration fee. For vocal auditions, regardless of audition location, students can provide their own accompanist or Crane can provide one for $30. If any payment is required, it is made at the time of registration using the (secure) audition request form.
  • All auditioning students will be considered for music scholarships regardless of when or where they audition.
  • Percussion and harp students must audition on campus.
  • Piano students must audition on campus or at our Long Island location.
  • The Crane School does not pre-screen auditions. 
  • Audition results are mailed to students and typically arrive two to three weeks after the audition date.
  • After completing your online registration, an Audition Confirmation email will be sent to you. Please use an email that you check regularly and that accepts emails sent from "" addresses, even when those messages are computer generated.
  • Video auditions are generally reserved for students who live outside of the Northeast United States and are therefore unable to audition for us at one of the audition sites above. Video auditions require payment of a $30 non-refundable registration fee. Detailed information about video auditions can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
  • We are not normally able to schedule auditions outside of the scheduled audition dates listed on this page.