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We are VERY excited to once again be holding an OPEN audition day for non-Equity performers (ONLY) for the 2017 New York Musical Festival (NYMF).  As has been our practice since 2010, you may sign-up online.  The biggest change, however, is that this year we’re using a randomized lottery system due to overwhelming demand.

Our hope is that this will alleviate some of the stress of the “race-to-click” scenario, while still giving many people the chance to register fully online.  Read on for further details, but if you do NOT get a lottery time, our same-day alternate policy is below.

Our Open Audition Day is set for THURSDAY, May 4th, 2017 taking place between 9:00 AM and 5:45 PM at Pearl Studios.  To attend, please CAREFULLY follow these instructions:


Step 1.) Register for our Electronic Audition Registration System (or retrieve your login information if you have previously used our system.)  You may register now and should absolutely have your account information in order as soon as possible.

Step 2.) On Thursday, April 27th, 2017, we will open up registration for the 5/4 NYMF Audition.  Anytime before 11:59 PM (Eastern) on Friday, April 28th, head over to http://audition.michaelcassara.net and select “ENTER LOTTERY” for the NYMF event, while logged into your account.  You will receive a confirmation screen once you’ve entered, and that is all for you to do at this time.

Step 3.) Once we close the lottery (at Friday, 4/28 at 11:59 PM) all who entered will receive a notification via e-mail that they have or have not won.  If you are a winner, you can then log back into our site (http://audition.michaelcassara.net) and select a timeslot for the 5/4 audition.  If you did NOT win this time around, you will be e-mailed instructions on how to be seen as a same-day alternate.


A few notes:

  • If you do NOT get a timeslot, here is our SAME DAY STANDBY/ALTERNATE POLICY: we will see performers who did not win a lottery timeslot AS TIME PERMITS – on Thursday, May 4th, 2017.  If you are attending as a standby, do NOT arrive until 10:30 AM, at which point an alternate list will be started and we will do our best to work a few people into each group, as time permits.  No unofficial list will be accepted.  Please bring 8 picture/resumes, and a brief (8 to 16 bars or 30 or so seconds) selection from your book and we will do our best to work folks in throughout the day.  This audition will take place at Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue – 12th Floor (follow signs to NYMF holding room).
  • Performers who won the lottery are able to release/exchange their timeslot if they’re not able to attend.