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.

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.

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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