Conservatory of Music Admission

Audition

Schedule Your Audition

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

On-campus audition dates for fall 2019 enrollment

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 10, 2018
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Music Theatre Auditions

Saturday, November 10, 2018 Audition spots for this date are full
Sunday, November 11, 2018 Audition spots for this date are full
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - For MTCA Students Only, held in New York City
Sunday, December 16, 2019 - For MTCA Students Only, held in New York City
Saturday, February 9, 2019 Audition spots for this date are full
Sunday, February 10, 2019 Audition spots for this date are full
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Audition spots for this date are full
Sunday, February 17, 2019 Audition spots for this date are full
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Audition spots for this date are full
Sunday, February 24, 2019 Audition spots for this date are full

Audition Fee

Once you have requested an audition date, please submit your audition fee ($75 audition fee for on campus/recorded auditions or $100 audition fee for off-campus auditions). The cashier's office will confirm receipt of your payment, and an email confirmation will be sent at a later date while audition spots are available. Audition confirmations will be emailed beginning mid-September.

The Audition

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 by selecting the Recorded Audition option on the application. An email will be sent with further recorded submission instructions after the application has been received by the Conservatory Admission office. The recorded audition will be reviewed after the application, uploaded audition, and supporting materials have 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. Aural pitch matching, sight-reading and playing of scales may be requested during an audition.

Depending on experience, an evaluation of piano skills will assess placement for secondary piano class or private lessons (piano or organ primaries are exempt). If requested, 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 composition submission 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.

It is recommended that candidates for the music education major submit at least one recommendation from an instructor in their school setting. This could be a band, orchestra or choir director, or an academic teacher.

Suggested Repertoire

The compositions listed below are considered suitable for audition. These suggestions are an indication of the degree of achievement expected. Selections should demonstrate your musicianship and technical proficiency, be performed within your capabilities and be thoroughly prepared and convincingly performed.

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.