Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all new students. Please contact the Office of Admission & Student Services at admission(at)longy.edu or 617-831-1796 if you have a conflict with orientation.

Fall 2017 Orientation General Schedule

(detailed schedule coming soon!)

Sunday, August 27 – 11am-6pm: International Student Check-In, English Proficiency Test

Monday, August 28 – 9am-9pm: All Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 29 – 9am-9pm: All Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 30 – 9am-9pm: All Student Orientation

Thursday August 31st and Friday September 1st – New Student Registration, by appointment


Orientation activities include:

  • Course advising and registration
  • Placement exams for Undergraduate Diploma students
  • Financial aid counseling sessions
  • Proficiency exams for Master of Music students
  • Chamber music and orchestra auditions and diction placement for singers
Important Dates and Deadlines

June 15: I-20 Documentation (international students only)

August 1: Official transcripts and any outstanding application materials due

August 1: Immunization records due

August 1: Tuition Bill due

August 31: Health Insurance Online Waiver Due (domestic students only)

September 5: First Day of Classes

Placement Auditions

Orchestra Placement

All string, woodwind, and brass players are required to audition for orchestra placement during orientation. You should prepare two contrasting solo excerpts or pieces of your own choice. These two passages of music can be either solo repertoire or orchestra excerpts, your choice.

There are 2 things to remember when choosing your audition pieces:

1) The two have to be contrasting pieces
2) The pieces should show off your current ability. 

Chamber Music Placement

All new string, woodwind, brass, piano/collaborative piano classical guitar and saxophone majors are required to audition for chamber music ensembles during orientation. Please bring a completed copy of the chamber music profile/questionnaire sheet to your audition – this will be distributed to you at orientation.

  • Prepare excerpts from two major chamber works for your instrument, reflecting contrasting styles.
  • All students will be asked to do some sight-reading at their audition.
  • Pianist/Collaborative Piano Majors: Please bring a short excerpt from a solo work (you may use music) and only one chamber music excerpt in a contrasting style. You will also be asked to accompany a singer in one of these two vocal song excerpts. 

Diction Placement

All Vocal Performance, Opera and Early Music Voice students will audition as part of the placement for diction courses. Please prepare an English, French and a German selection to sing. The selection may be an opera or oratorio aria or an art song. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring copies of your music in a notebook to the audition. 

Composition majors, Modern American Music majors, and Early Music instrumentalists are not required to prepare an audition.

Proficiency Exams

Proficiency Exams

During Orientation Week, Master of Music students and Undergraduate students will need to take placement exams. Students may prepare for these exams by reviewing the Proficiency Exam Guide.  The piano proficiency guide has more details about this particular exam. 

Undergraduate students will need to take mandatory placement exams in Aural & Written Theory and Dictation during orientation.

Master of Music students need to fulfill proficiency requirements in Music History, Music Theory & Piano Proficiency. Exams for history and theory proficiency will take place during orientation, and piano proficiency exams occur periodically throughout the year. Students who do not place out of the exams will need to enroll in non-credit graduate review courses (one or two semesters). This does not affect your graduation date. If you miss the exams during Orientation, you have the option to take them the following semester.

Registration & Studio Placement


New students will register for courses during Orientation Week. After meeting with the Department Advisor, students sign up to register in-person with the Registrar. Although we can provide guidelines regarding requirements and electives for your program, you will not know your schedule until you meet with the Department Advisor and the Registrar. For information regarding the requirements for your specific degree program, please refer to the Curriculum Page.

Studio Placement

Studio assignments will be communicated to you during orientation. Please note that almost all students are placed in the studio of their first-choice instructor. If you have not yet submitted the Studio Request Form, please scan and email it to admission(at)longy.edu.

Student Health Insurance

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all students enrolled three-quarter time or more to purchase and maintain health insurance. Longy offers student accident and sickness health insurance coverage through Gallagher Koster, a Massachusetts-based specialist in student health insurance. Students enrolled or planning to enroll at three-quarter or full time are automatically enrolled in the school's plan and are billed for this coverage. Qualifying part-time students enrolled at half time or less may elect to enroll in the school's health insurance program for a slightly higher cost. Insurance waiver forms are available online to new and returning students in advance of the start of the school year. US students may waive the insurance if they demonstrate satisfactory coverage as required by law. This may be done by visiting http://www.gallagherkoster.com/longy. The deadline for completing the online waiver form is August 1 for the fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester.

International Students are required to enroll in the Longy health insurance plan and are not eligible to waive.

Students currently enrolled in Longy's student health plan can find more information, login to print their insurance card, and search for preferred providers by specialty or location at http://www.gallagherkoster.com/longy.

Immunization Requirements

All students enrolled more than half-time are required by Massachusetts law to provide documentation of immunization against Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus and Varicella. International students from certain countries may be required to have the Mantoux Tuberculin Test done. Please see the “Longy Immunization Form” link below for the list of countries.

All incoming students must have their physician or doctor’s office send the completed form to the Longy Admission Office by August 1.

Longy Immunization Form

Students who do not comply with the requirements by August 1 will be fined $75 and will not be allowed to register for classes until all documentation is received. Students who do not fulfill the requirements within 30 days of matriculation will be administratively withdrawn.