With the obvious exception of works for solo instrument (e.g. Bach Partita, Kopprasch etude), repertoire for the prescreening submission should be accompanied. In addition, appropriate chamber music works may be used as the "work of your choice."
Prospective students sometimes wish to arrange lessons with Conservatory faculty as part of the process of deciding where to apply. This is a good idea, and the members of our roster are happy to try to make such arrangements if their schedule allows.
The admissions director can help facilitate this but, until a student has actually been admitted to the Conservatory, such arrangements have to be made directly between the student and the faculty member, both with respect to scheduling and with respect to payment.
It is certainly possible! If you wish to e-mail a Conservatory instrumental teacher please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the faculty member you wish to contact and a brief musical résumé or biography so that we can make an introduction between you and the teacher.
International students may apply by DVD if travel to the United States for a live audition is not possible. The live audition repertoire requirements should be used for the audition DVD.
Information about English Language proficiency:
Nonnative speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English and should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores should be sent by the Educational Testing Service to:
Bard Conservatory of Music Admissions 30 Campus Rd. Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
The Bard College school code is 2037. A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the Internet-based test is required for admission. In special circumstances these requirements may be waived.
Other evidence of English-language proficiency will be accepted only with the approval of the Graduate Admission Committee. An application is considered incomplete and cannot be acted upon until all the materials listed above are received.
For those Advanced Professional Studies students who wish to further develop their English language skills, ESL classes in the Bard Conservatory may be taken as an elective.