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 SlideRoom online application system. 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

Non-native 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 to the Orchestral and Choral Conducting Program by the Educational Testing Service. The Bard College school code is 2037. A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT),  250 on the computer-based test (CBT) or 100 on the internet-based test (iBT) is required for admission.

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 2014/15 academic year tuition, fees and expenses were 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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