You can begin your application here. Please contact us at admissions(at) with any questions and be sure to review the Audition Dates and Repertoire and the information below before beginning your application. 

Application Deadlines


December 1: Application deadline for live audition/interview applicants to the Undergraduate Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Graduate Performance Diploma

January 5:
Application deadline for all recorded audition applicants to the Undergraduate Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Graduate Performance Diploma

January 5: Application and pre-screening media deadline for Artist Diploma, Master of Arts in Teaching, Training Orchestra

Supplemental Materials’ deadlines for all programs

Recommendations: Received by January 5

Transcripts: Received by January 5. Note: International applicants must send translated transcripts.  Longy prefers to receive official translations from or Graduate level applicants may upload unofficial transcripts within the application. Enrolling graduate level students will be required to provide an official transcript no later than July 1.

TOEFL or IELTS scores (required for non-native English speakers; students can apply for waiver through application): Received by March 1 (TOEFL Institution code 3467)

FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid (available January 1): preferred deadline February 15 (Institution code 021430)

Information for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) applicants

Los Angeles campus
Please view Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Admissions Information  

Information for Training Orchestra applicants (Master of Music in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies)

New York campus
Please view Training Orchestra Admissions Information  

Information for applicants to all Cambridge Campus programs

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Application for Admission—The online application requires biographical information, artistic résumé, personal essay, two recommendations, and an application fee of $50.
  • Audition, either live or by recording
  • Academic records and transcripts (including official translations into English by a certified official translator).

Mailing address:

Longy School of Music of Bard College
Office of Admissions
27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional materials for international applicants

Additional materials for Artist Diploma applicants

Please view Special Procedures for Artist Diploma Applicants 

Artistic résumé

All applicants must upload a current artistic résumé as part of the online application. The résumé should list current and former applied teachers, solo recitals, orchestra participation, chamber music ensembles, opera and/or orchestral solo engagements, summer festivals, etc.

Personal essay

The online application requires applicants to upload an essay of at least 300 words on the following topic:
Describe a time in your life when you used music to communicate with an audience outside the traditional setting of a concert hall. What did you learn from the experience? How did this experience influence your approach to music and performance?

Two letters of recommendation

Applications must include two recommendations from educators who are familiar with your musical and/or academic aptitude. These letters should be submitted electronically using the online application, which will ask you to provide the name and email address of your recommenders. An email with detailed instructions for completing the recommendation will be sent directly to your recommenders after you have added their information. If teachers do not want to submit recommendations electronically, a signed and sealed letter can be mailed to the Office of Admissions. There is no required recommendation form.

Merit scholarship

All applicants are considered for merit scholarship awards. Longy does its very best to help support talented students and strives to make the awarding process both fair and generous.

Application fee of U.S. $50

All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of U.S. $50. This fee is required in order to submit the online application and is payable by credit card.

Official academic records and transcripts

Please submit official transcripts of previous academic work. Undergraduate applicants must submit all high school transcripts, while graduate applicants need only submit transcripts of all previous collegiate work. Undergraduate transfer applicants who have completed more than 32 credits at the collegiate level do not have to submit high school transcripts. Transcripts from non-U.S. institutions must be translated into English when necessary and certified as equivalent to it's U.S. counterpart. One service you can use is Educational Credential Evaluators, at or World Education Service

Prescreening recording

Only Artist Diploma applicants are required to submit a pre-screening recording in the online application by January 5. The recording must show a full recital program consistent with the audition requirements of the Artist Diploma. Longy does not expect applicants to submit a studio-quality recording; we are listening for the quality of musicianship and performance, not the quality of the recording itself.

English Proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report. The TOEFL reporting code for Longy is 3467. Longy must receive the test results by March 1 to be considered for fall admission.

Completing a full-time degree program at a college or university where English is the language of instruction may be grounds for a waiver of the TOEFL requirement. All students seeking this waiver must submit a written request for a TOEFL waiver and a writing sample (generally an essay from a college course showing proficiency in academic research and writing); this should be uploaded in the attachments area of the application.

Students who achieve the following scores may enroll without restriction:

  TOEFL iBT (Internet) TOEFL PBT (paper-based) TOEFL CBT (computer-based) IELTS® 
Master of Music 79 550 215 7
Master of Arts in Teaching 90 575 235 7
Undergraduate Diploma 68 520 490 6
Other Programs 61 500 175 6