How do I arrange a tour of the Conservatory?
To arrange a visit day, please contact the Conservatory Admissions staff at (845) 752-2409 or [email protected].
Each visit day will include a tour of the Conservatory facilities and a meeting with a Conservatory Admissions Counselor. Depending on the day of your visit, we will do our best to arrange for you to observe a class, rehearsal, chamber music coachings, and/or concerts, as well as schedule a meeting with our director of admissions, Katie Rossiter.
The Conservatory Admissions Office is located in the Blum Music Building, within the Avery Center for the Arts complex on 59 Blithewood Road. (You can also find us by looking for the Edith C. Blum Institute on this campus map.)
Is it possible to take a trial lesson with one of the studio teachers?
Prospective students sometimes wish to arrange lessons with Conservatory faculty as part of the process of deciding where to apply. This is a good idea, and the members of our roster are happy to try to make such arrangements if their schedule allows.
The Conservatory admissions staff can help facilitate this, but until a student has actually been admitted to the Conservatory such arrangements have to be made directly between the student and the faculty member, both with respect to scheduling and with respect to payment.
Does the Conservatory award merit scholarships and financial aid to IAP students?
Yes, IAP applicants are eligible for both need-based and merit-based financial aid.
The FAFSA and CSS Profile are used to determine financial need for US citizens and are required in all cases in which financial aid of any kind is awarded. The International Student Financial Aid Application is required for international students. Click here for additional information.
Competitive merit awards are based on the strength of the audition and the applicant’s overall musical achievement and promise.
We ask all students—even students who are applying for merit-based aid only—to submit the required Financial Aid forms.
What are the acceptable media types when I am uploading recordings and documents to my IAP application?
Although our application system technically supports media files as large as 2 GB, please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. Uploaded documents may contain no more than 75 pages. Slate supports the following file formats:
Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .wmv
Audio: .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma
Do I need a studio-quality prescreening recording?
No. A home-quality audio recording will be sufficient, as will any home-quality digital camcorder for video submissions.
Do I need an accompanist for my prescreening recording?
With the obvious exception of works for solo instrument (e.g., Bach Partita, Kopprasch etude), repertoire for the prescreening submission should be accompanied. In addition, appropriate chamber music works may be used as the “work of your choice.”
When are my prescreening materials due?
All prescreening materials, along with the completed application, are due December 1.