Applying

The Application Process

1. Applicants must submit an Online Application to Bard Conservatory by January 1. Note that all forms and prescreening audio or video materials are uploaded online through the online application located at the website called "slideroom".

2. Applicants must submit the online Common Application by January 1 or the Bard Entrance Examination by November 1.

3. All applicants must submit a Financial Aid application to Bard College to be considered for need-based or merit-based aid. The application deadline is February 15.

NOTE: If you are an INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, these are the 2 Financial Aid forms that we need: International Student Financial Aid Form and Certification of Finances 

3. Prescreening results will be emailed to applicants by the end of January.

4. Live auditions (by invitation only) will take place the in February and the first week of March.

5. Admissions decisions will be sent by April 1.

6. Admitted students must respond to admission offers by May 1.

Sample Résumé

We created this sample to help you format your résumé before uploading it to SlideRoom as part of your conservatory application.

Application Checklist

This checklist is to help you make sure that you have submitted all of the materials that Bard College Conservatory needs from you!

1. Submit an Online Application to Bard Conservatory by January 1.

2. Submit the online Common Application or the Bard Entrance Examination to Bard College by January 1.

3. Submit a Financial Aid application to Bard College to be considered for need-based or merit-based aid. The application deadline is February 15.

NOTE: If you are an INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, these are the 2 Financial Aid forms that we need: International Student Financial Aid Form and Certification of Finances.

REMINDERS
* Make sure that you request an academic transcript from your school (this is an official document from your school that lists the courses you have taken and your grades). International Students must submit an English translation of the transcript.

Complete List of Required Application Materials

The completed online application to the Conservatory will include the following materials:
  • Silderoom application
  • A $10 application fee
  • prescreening recordings (Recordings may be audio or video.)
  • a musical bio or resume
  • a recommendation from a professional musician (most usually your private instructor) up to three musical recommendations may be submitted.
A completed application to Bard College will include the following materials:
  • Common Application
  • Application fee ($50.00) or Fee Waiver
  • Teacher recommendations: We prefer that one recommendation come from an English or humanities instructor, and one from a math or science instructor.
  • High School transcript (Include mid-year senior grades if available at the time you apply.)

Emma Schmiedecke '14

Where are you from?
New Jersey, just outside of New York City
What are your two majors?
Cello performance in the Conservatory and Art History in the College.
Who is your teacher?
Peter Wiley
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