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.

See the complete list of prescreening and final audition requirements.

Live Auditions at Bard Conservatory (by invitation only) will be in February and early March.
  • February 21: double bass
  • February 28: violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, clarinet
  • February 29: percussion
  • March 3: composition
  • March 4: composition, viola 
  • March 6: horn, trumpet, bassoon, tuba, violin, oboe
For those applicants who cannot attend one of our regular audition dates please contact the Conservatory admissions office at to make other arrangements. 

Live Auditions in Hungary: January 12, 13 Live Auditions in China: January 17 (Beijing), January 29 (Shanghai)
  • To request an audition in China, please contact Bard College Asia admissions representative Shawn Moore at
See below to download the fliers regarding Bard Conservatory's auditions in Hungary and China.

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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