In most cases, a performance audition is required.*
*NOTE: Bachelor of Arts and Music Composition programs do not have an audition component, but applicants must submit music materials via the Bienen School Supplement following the deadlines listed on our Application & Timeline page.
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Regular Decision round composition applicants have until February 1, 2023 to upload their required portfolio. However, if an applicant wishes to apply to both the composition program and to a performance major, they should submit a second supplement with the necessary performance major prescreening (if applicable) requirements.
*Applicants auditioning by recording do not receive prescreening decisions; applicants will only receive a final admission decision.
We recommend starting early by taking the audition requirements to your music teacher. Prepare for your audition by bringing musical selections that best showcase what you do well. It is better to beautifully perform a piece that requires moderate skill, as opposed to giving a mediocre performance of a very difficult piece.
It is not necessary to produce prescreening recordings and final audition recordings in a professional studio. The most important aspect is that the sound quality of your recording is excellent, so find a good microphone and play your recording for multiple people before you submit it.
Please see your program's individual Audition & Program Requirements page for information about accompaniment requirements.
The Bienen School of Music plans to offer on-campus auditions for fall 2023 admission. This modality is subject to change based on the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those unable to audition on campus, all instrument areas will offer some sort of virtual audition format such as a Zoom audition or recorded audition option. Check your instrument's prescreening and audition requirements page for more details in fall 2022.
Early Decision and QuestBridge auditions are held on an ad-hoc basis during the month of November. Regular Decision auditions will be held in early-mid February 2023.