Application Instructions

Application Deadline: February 15* (Late applications will be considered.)

The Graduate Conducting Program accepts all applications online. Click here to apply. (This will take you to an external site.)

A completed application will contain:

Letters of Recommendation

The Graduate Conducting Program accepts letters of recommendation through the online application. When prompted, enter the recommender’s name and e-mail. The recommender will receive an e-mail that details how to submit the recommendation online.

Participation in The Conductors Institute

Orchestral conducting students are expected to participate in The Conductors Institute in the first and third summers. The second summer is optional. The cost of two summer institutes is included in the tuition of the MM program.


All correspondence should be addressed to:
Graduate Conducting Program
c/o Conductors Institute

Bard College
30 Campus Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

International Applicants

TOEFL or IELTS test results are required for students for whom English is not the first language or the language of instruction. Because we do not have a full-scale English as a Second Language program at Bard, it is critical that all students, domestic and international, have the appropriate level of English fluency before they arrive on campus. We read every application in full, with particular attention to the candidate’s essays and recommendations.

We require all international students to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language.* Test score guidelines: TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based). We also accept the IELTS instead of the TOEFL, with a band score of no less than seven.

*Students who have spent the majority of their secondary education in an English-medium program may be eligible for a waiver of the language testing requirement.

Financial Aid

The conservatory is able to provide limited financial assistance, in the form of scholarships and fellowships, to students whose personal financial resources are insufficient to meet the expenses of graduate study. Funds for scholarships and fellowships are limited, and awards typically will meet only a part of a student's expenses. Students may also apply for Federal Stafford Loans, and those who are New York State residents may apply to the New York State Tuition Assistance Program. These loan and grant programs are briefly described below. More detailed information about applying for financial aid can be obtained from the Conservatory. Financial aid is administered by the Bard College Office of Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

For the 2015/16 academic year tuition, fees and expenses are as follows:

Tuition:  $39,360 per year.
Health Insurance: $1,280*
Bard Health Services Fee: $470**
Dormitory Housing: $7,084.00***
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