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Fisher Center

Graduate Vocal Arts Program

Application Instructions


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(*Late applications will be considered if space permits.)

A complete online application will contain:

1.  A detailed repertoire list of works studied and performed

2.  Two letters of recommendation 

In SlideRoom, when prompted, please enter the recommender’s name and email. The recommender will receive an email which details how to submit the recommendation online. We will also accept letters sent by mail, on official forms. The letters should be signed across the sealed flap of the envelope, and sent directly to:
           Graduate Vocal Arts Program Admissions
           Bard College Conservatory of Music
           30 Campus Road, PO Box 5000
           Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

3.  A nonrefundable application fee of $75.00, payable online with a valid credit card or electronic check

4.  A prescreening audio recording (no video) of the applicant's singing, which includes the following:
Three selections in varying styles 
  • Include at least one art song and one operatic aria
  • One selection must be in English, the others in two different languages
  • One selection must be a contemporary work. For these purposes "contemporary" would be defined as a selection in a more modern idiom. Works written after 1950 would certainly fall into this category although works by Stravinsky or Schoenberg, for example, would also be suitable.
5.  A head shot (your headshot should be uploaded under the "Media" tab in SlideRoom)
If you do not have a digital version of your headshot, you may mail it to us.

6.  A résumé
If you have separate academic and performance résumés, you may upload two separate documents in SlideRoom.

7.  A personal statement
Please write a brief statement, no more than two pages in length, explaining your interest in applying to the Vocal Arts Program and describing your previous academic preparation, relevant work experience, particular interest in the vocal arts, and career plans.
8.  Academic transcript(s) from school(s) attended.
Please request an official copy of your academic transcript. Transcripts should be mailed to:
           Graduate Vocal Arts Program Admissions
           Bard College Conservatory of Music
           30 Campus Road, PO Box 5000
           Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Transcripts may also be emailed from the other institution directly to conservatoryadmission@bard.edu.

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