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.

Dates and Deadlines

Regular Admission

Application Deadline: January 1

Financial Aid Application Deadline:​ February 15
International Financial Aid Deadline: Janurary 1

Live Auditions Dates (by invitation only): 
February and early March at Bard College

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
Registration deadline for regional auditions: Friday, October 7
Register for a prescreening auditions in Europe

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.)