See the rubrics that the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music use to evaluate, judge, and score auditions:
Students should be prepared to sing a piece a cappella, match pitch, imitate rhythmic and melodic lines, and sing in harmony with the teacher.
Instrumental (Band, Orchestra, Piano)
Students should be prepared to perform a piece, scales, and sight read.
Students should be prepared to perform a piece on snare drum, sight read, and perform two rudiments.
Audition Dos and Don'ts
DO show up prepared to perform your piece. DO remember to bring your instrument, reed, neck strap, etc. If you are a drummer, DO bring your drumsticks. DO be confident. DON’T chew gum during your audition. DON’T bring accompaniment if you are a singer. All vocal auditions are done a capella.
1. Make sure you apply on your high school application with one or more of the following codes:
Band/Piano: X33A Chorus: X33B Strings: X33M
2. ALL STUDENTS MUST AUDITION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION! Make sure you attend one of the auditions. If you are not able to attend the scheduled auditions, call us to make an appointment instead.
3. Please remember, if you attend an audition but do not apply to our school on your high school application, even if you pass the audition, you will not be considered for acceptance. YOU MUST APPLY AND AUDITION!
No, a ticket is not required. Simply show up on one of the scheduled audition dates.
Auditions are held on the Third Floor of our Walton Campus in the Bronx.
Instrumental students should bring their instrument or drum sticks if they are percussionists. Chorus students do not need to bring anything.
Wear something you are comfortable in. Think “business casual”. Dress to impress.
Sight reading is playing a short phrase of music that you have never seen before.
Sight reading is a way for us to better assess where you are musically. We understand that your level of sight reading may not be advanced at the time of your audition. We assess you based on your ENTIRE audition, so your sight reading will not necessarily make or break your audition.
High School Admissions informs all students of their match to high school. Check out the admissions timeline on schools.nyc.gov for more information.