It's Spring Break!

In lieu of our normal Orientation Meeting, we have posted all the important information here on our website. Please review the information below in preparation for the workshop.


The Spirit of the Workshop

Above anything else, we are a safe space. We invite you to go beyond what's comfortable and to challenge yourself to grow in an environment of support and encouragement. Our faculty understands that there are many levels represented and they come to us with the sole purpose of helping you work to your maximim potential. No one is grading you. No one is judging you. So put yourself out there to try something new, especially if it's scary or uncomfortable.

You will hear many opinions throughout the course of the workshop. Some may contradict each other, or even what you're told at school. That's okay. We encourage you to respect all opinions, take them all into consideration, and retain those that help you.

We hope to expose you to as many aspects of living and working in NYC as possible. Be prepared with questions and take advantage of the time you have with our teachers, alumni volunteers, etc.

In the spirit of the week, we ask that everyone take part in every class. If you must leave to go to the rest room, do so quitely and be respectful of people auditioning in the other studios. If you are auditing, please do not contribute unless invited to do so.


Monday Night Mixer

If you are in the city Monday night, we invite you to come to the OCUNYC Student / Alumni Mixer at Hurley's Saloon. Come celebrate with friends and get to know alumni living in NYC! There will be FREE APPETIZERS and a cash bar. (As this is still a university-affiliated function, no drinking allowed.) You must RSVP by Friday, 3/13 to attend. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, March 16th, 5:00-7:00

Hurley's Saloon - 3rd Floor
232 W 48th Street
(Btw 8th & bway)


Mock Audition

We strive to give you an authentic audition experience, while also allowing for feedback from our prestigious panel. For the Vocal Mock Audition, your critiques will come from Benton Whitley (casting director, Duncan Stewart & Co.) and Jen Waldman (director, teacher, Jen Waldman Studio). In the Dance Mock Audition, your panel will be Paul Hardt (casting director, Stuart Howard Associates), Nathan Peck (Kinky Boots, OCU class of '97), and Mark Myers (Wicked). Seniors will go last, and underclassmen will be assigned an order. For the Vocal Mock Audition on Tuesday, all students will sit around the room in numerical order. One at a time, you go to the piano, perform your 16-bars, and receive feedback. For the Dance Mock Audition on Thursday, you will be taught 2 combinations. After the first is taught, you'll perform in small groups, immediately followed by feedback from the panel. The second combination will likely be more advanced but we ask that everyone perform to their best ability.

Studio Location

Pearl Studios - Studio 414
4th Floor
500 Eighth Avenue
(between 35th & 36th St.)

You will be required to show ID or sign in when entering the building. Please allow a little extra time for this. From there, the elevators to the 4th floor are located around the corner to the left (do not use the elevators behind the security desk).


What to Prepare

  • Vocal Master Class:
    prepare a 1-2 minute selection, something you love to sing
  • Mock Audition:
    16 bars of something you love to sing
    (may use the same song you work on in the Master Class, or you're welcome to sing something different)
    As an alternative to singing in the Mock Audition, you may instead perform a short monologue (30 seconds) if you'd prefer.


What to Bring

  • Headshots:
    All participants must bring 5 Headshot & Resumes stapled together.
    Seniors should bring an additional two (7 total) and please indicate your graduation date by writing "Available as of" at the top of your resume.
  • Dress/Attire:
    There will be a lot of sitting on the floor so we suggest you wear something comfortable most of the time.
    • Vocal Master Classes
      Dress presentably. If you are singing in Jen Waldman's master class, you should dress in something you can move in.
    • Mock Audition (Vocal on Tues. & Dance on Thurs.)
      Dress as you would for an audition. You will be given 5-10 minutes to change before we begin.
  • Dance Shoes:
    • On The Twentieth Century
      Ladies - character heels
      Men - character shoes
    • On The Town
      Ladies - flats and character heels
      Men - ballet or jazz shoes
    • Honeymoon In Vegas
      flats or sneakers
    We will have more specifics later in the week. But be prepared with a full arsenal (jazz, character, heels, sneakers)
  • In General:
    Please bring as little as possible, as space is at a premium and valuables cannot be secured.
  • Food/Snacks:
    Be aware that there are no meal breaks in the schedule, so we ask that you bring snacks or a lunch. You are welcome to eat food during the lecture courses. Just please be quite and clean.

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