Admission Overview

The Conservatory admits exceptionally talented musicians who have already achieved a superior degree of instrumental proficiency, or have substantial accomplishment as composers. To be admitted, applicants must perform a successful audition and must also be admitted by Bard College. The chances of being admitted to the College will be substantially enhanced by outstanding achievement in music.

Important Dates & Deadlines


Regular Admission
January 1:
 Application deadline 
End of January: Prescreening results sent.
Live Auditions (by invitation only) will be in February and early March. Specific dates to be announced.

Transfer Student Admission
November 1: Application deadline for the spring semester 
March 1: Application deadline for the fall semester

Majors Offered

  • Bass
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Composition
  • Flute
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
(Note that degrees in Conducting and Voice are offered only at the graduate level.)
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