Audition

Audition Requirements

Spring performance applicants will audition by uploading video recordings to their online application. Composition applicants will submit scores and recordings via the online application, then participate in a live virtual interview on November 3, 2021.

Early Action Fall performance applicants will audition by uploading video recordings to their online application. Composition applicants will submit scores and recordings via the online application, then participate in a live virtual interview on December 8, 2021.

Regular Action Fall performance applicants may choose to attend live auditions in February. However, we strongly encourage you to audition by video recording. We would rather you feel confident in the recordings you prepare, then join us on campus for a Longy Visit Day. We’ll curate a day full of exciting activities, where you can explore our historic buildings, engage meaningfully with our community, and see how Longy is changing the face of conservatory education. Composition applicants will submit scores and recordings via the online application, then participate in a live virtual interview on February 7-8, 2022.

Live Audition Dates

*Regular Action Fall performance applicants may choose to attend live auditions in February. However, we strongly encourage you to audition by video recording. We would rather you feel confident in the recordings you prepare, then join us on campus for a Longy Visit Day. We’ll curate a day full of exciting activities, where you can explore our historic buildings, engage meaningfully with our community, and see how Longy is changing the face of conservatory education.

Brass and Woodwinds:
February 12, 2022
Collaborative Piano: February 13, 2022
Historical Performance: February 14, 2022
Jazz and Contemporary Music: February 11, 2022
Piano: February 13 and 14, 2022
Strings: February 13 and 14, 2022
Vocal Studies: February 11 and 12, 2022

Longy Visit Days
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Saturday, April 2, 2022

Attend a Longy Visit Day!

Repertoire Requirements

Brass

Undergraduate Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma Applicants

Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations. Accompaniment is not required for instrumental auditions. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Chamber Music

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma Applicants

Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations. Accompaniment is not required for instrumental auditions. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Collaborative Piano

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma Applicants

Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. The repertoire should feature at least one instrumentalist and one singer, not necessarily at the same time, and one piece for solo piano. There are no specific repertoire limitations. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Collaborative piano repertoire does not need to be played from memory.

Composition

Undergraduate Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Graduate Diploma in Composition Applicants

Please submit three scores for various media that best represent your artistic interests, focus, and profile. Recordings of performed works are encouraged, but not required. Please submit materials through the online application, not by mail.

Historical Performance

Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma Applicants

Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. All repertoire before the year 1800 is permissible. Singers are encouraged to perform works in multiple languages. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Historical Performance Voice applicants are required to perform with accompaniment. Instrumentalists are not required to perform with accompaniment.

Jazz and Contemporary Music

Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma Applicants

Performance Concentration
Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. Applicants should perform from memory and demonstrate improvisation. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Composition Concentration
Please submit scores three scores that best represent your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no specific limitations, but each piece should contain elements of traditional or contemporary jazz technique and elements of improvisation. Recordings of each piece should be uploaded along with the scores to the online application.

Composition applicants are not required to audition on their primary instrument.

Master of Music in Music Education

Video recordings required for applicants to the In-Person program and those who are opting to take virtual lessons through the Online program.

Please prepare 10 minutes of music that best represent your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations. The MM/ME program welcomes musicians of all backgrounds (classical, jazz, folk, world, etc.). Your audition portfolio should be focused on your primary instrument or concentration but may include examples of your teaching background to supplement your application (optional). Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

Organ

Undergraduate Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma Applicants

Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Piano

Undergraduate Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Strings

Undergraduate Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma Applicants

Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations. Accompaniment is not required for instrumental auditions. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Vocal Studies

Undergraduate Diploma and Bachelor of Music Applicants

Please prepare three selections that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. Please include at least one selection in a foreign language. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma Applicants

Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no specific repertoire limitations, but applicants should demonstrate proficiency in multiple languages. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.

Vocal Studies applicants are required to perform with piano accompaniment.

Woodwinds

Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 15 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations. Accompaniment is not required for instrumental auditions. Those auditioning by video recording can upload files individually by piece or as a single continuous file.