Audition Guidelines

Below you will find information about the NATS Student Auditions for the Central New York-Finger Lakes Chapter


Our auditions are typically near the end of October, with the application deadline falling at the end of September of the beginning of October.

This year the application deadline is October 1, 2019

The auditions this year will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music

NOTE: Friday, October 25, 2019 there will be a business meeting open to all members of the chapter, also held at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music.

All applications are now processed through, and you must sign in using your username and password to access the part of the site where the application is located.

You will find general information about using the registration system in the PDF below.


In our chapter, we offer the following categories:

Classical – Youth, Lower High School Treble, Lower High School TBB, Upper High School Treble, Upper High School TBB, First Year College/Independent Studio Treble, First Year College/Independent Studio TBB, Second Year College/Independent Studio Treble, Second Year College/Independent Studio TBB, Third Year College/Independent Studio Treble, Third Year College/Independent Studio TBB, Fourth/Fifth Year College/Independent Studio Treble, Fourth/Fifth Year College/Independent Studio TBB, Lower Advanced College/Independent Studio, Upper Advanced College/Independent Studio, Adult

Musical Theatre – Youth, Lower High School Treble, Lower High School TBB, Upper High School Treble, Upper High School TBB, Lower College/Independent Studio Treble, Lower College/Independent Studio TBB, Upper College/Independent Studio Treble, Upper College/Independent Studio TBB, Adult

Note: If there is a category listed on the that you’d like to see the chapter add in subsequent years, please let a memory of the chapter’s executive board know.

The entry fee for the Youth, High School, Adult, and College/Independent Studio up through Fourth/Fifth year is $10

The entry fee for Advanced is $15

The fee to engage a NATS pianist is $30.  However, if you wish to use a specific pianist, you must arrange that on your own, and that will figure into each pianist’s limit.


To make our schedule work, it is necessary to limit each pianist attending to no more than eight students.  Once that pianist has reached eight auditions, they can no longer be entered, so it is important the those sharing the same pianist must be certain that the pianist is available to play.

You may request a staff pianist, and you will be contacted after the application deadline so that we’re sure the staff pianists have access to the music so that they can practice.


Any student studying with a member of NATS and our chapter, and who fits in the requirements of the category they wish to enter, may be entered. Every teacher entering students must either be available to judge both rounds, or else secure a substitute judge who is not sending their own students.  Sometimes teachers not sending students will reach out to the Auditions Coordinator, so if you are having trouble securing a substitute, please contact the Chapter’s Auditions Coordinator.  Teachers who are not comfortable judging musical theatre categories may opt out but must still be available to judge for the day.


The following is the tentative schedule for the day:

8am Registration opens, rehearsals with staff pianists begin

8:15am Judges’ meeting

9am First Round begins

c.1pm First Round ends, lunch break

c.2pm Second Round begins.  (NOTE: Students will not necessarily be in the same room as the first round.)

c.3:45pm Second Round ends.

c.4pm Announcement of Winners and Winners’ Recital begins

c. 6pm End of Recital