Conservatory of Music Admission


Schedule Your Audition

As you complete the application for admission, you will be asked to request your audition date. All music majors and minors must audition.

The application and audition fee must be postmarked by November 1 to audition in November and by January 15 to audition in February.

2017-2018 On-Campus Audition Dates

Auditions are filled on a first-come basis after the receipt of the application and audition fee. Audition spots may fill well in advance of the application deadline.

Decision letters regarding your status for admission with BW and the Conservatory are sent by December 15 or March 20, depending on when BW receives your application materials and when you complete your audition.

Instrumental & Classical Voice Auditions

Music education, music therapy, music composition, instrumental performance, voice performance, keyboard performance, music theory, music history & literature, Bachelor of Arts in music

Saturday, November 18, 2017Instrumental, classical voice performance
Saturday, January 20, 2018Instrumental, classical voice performance
Saturday, February 17, 2018Instrumental, classical voice performance
Saturday, February 24, 2018Instrumental, classical voice performance

Music Theatre Auditions

Saturday, November 18, 2017Music theatre
Sunday, November 19, 2017Music theatre
Saturday, February 10, 2018Music theatre
Sunday, February 11, 2018Music theatre
Saturday, February 17, 2018Music theatre
Sunday, February 18, 2018Music theatre
Saturday, February 24, 2018Music theatre
Sunday, February 25, 2018Music theatre

Audition Fee

Once you have requested an audition date, please submit your $75 audition fee. The cashier's office will confirm receipt of your payment, and you will later receive an email from the Conservatory confirming your audition date. You will also receive an email from the Conservatory closer to your audition date that will allow you to customize your audition experience by requesting tickets to various events and performances at BW and in the Cleveland area during your audition weekend.

Make sure to review the Conservatory audition procedures and guidelines for additional information.

The Audition

Bachelor of Music candidates are expected to prepare three varied works from the standard repertoire. Selections should demonstrate your musicianship and technical proficiency, be performed within your capabilities and be thoroughly prepared and convincingly performed. Aural pitch matching, sightreading and playing of scales may be requested. Bachelor of Arts Music majors will be asked to perform two solo pieces rather than three.

On-campus auditions are encouraged and are held at regular intervals in the Conservatory. Instrumentalists including piano and organ may submit a recorded audition to the Conservatory of Music through our digital audition system. The recorded audition will be reviewed after the application with supporting materials also has been received.

An accompanist will be provided for all voice auditions.

Instrumentalists are not expected to have an accompanist but may bring their own if desired. 

A brief music theory placement is given to all auditioning students. 

An evaluation of piano skills will assess placement for secondary piano class or private lessons (piano or organ primaries are exempt). A short piece representative of the level of piano proficiency should be prepared; this piece does not need to be memorized.

All music majors with piano or organ as the primary applied instrument may choose to prepare an audition of one solo piece on an orchestral instrument or voice. This audition will be considered for the student’s secondary instrument and/or large ensemble requirement for the desired degree program.

Prospective music education, music theory, music history and literature, composition and music therapy majors will have a brief interview with one or more members of the faculty to assess the applicant’s suitability for the desired major. Students who submit a recorded audition are responsible for contacting the Conservatory admission office to arrange the required interview.

Prospective Bachelor of Music in composition majors must submit two to four original compositions for review.  Recordings are strongly recommended (live or midi versions). The preferred option for submission is through our digital audition system. Scores should be uploaded as PDF files and recordings should be uploaded as mp3 files. The second option is to mail hard copies of your scores along with two copies of a CD of your recordings to the Conservatory admission office. Materials will not be returned.

Candidates for the music theory major or music history and literature major should describe their interest in pursuing a theory or history major in the music essay. In addition, candidates should submit a writing sample that demonstrates research ability.

Suggested Repertoire

The compositions listed below are considered suitable for audition. These suggestions are an indication of the degree of achievement expected.

Pianists and vocalists are required to memorize all selections. Memorization is not required for organ, string, wind, brass or percussion auditions.

Overnight Accommodations

If you are coming from a distance and need a place to rest your head, please view a list of nearby hotels. Make sure you mention you are visiting BW, as some offer a discounted rate.