Admission Overview

The Conservatory five-year, double-degree program 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
February and early March: Live Auditions at Bard Conservatory (by invitation only)
List of prescreening and final audition requirements
Transfer Student Admission
November 1: Application deadline for the spring semester 
March 1: Application deadline for the fall semester

2016-17 Regional Auditions
Regional prescreening auditions will be held on:
Sunday, October 9: Budapest, Hungary
Tuesday, October 11: Warsaw, Poland
Saturday, October 15: Riga, Latvia
Register for a prescreening audition in Hungary, Poland, or Latvia

Majors Offered

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