Audition

Summer and Fall 2020 Applications are still being accepted.
Please note: The Artist Diploma program is closed for 2020.
Auditions by video only.

2021 Audition Dates

LIVE AUDITION DATES FOR FALL 2021

  • Artist Diploma*: February 22
  • Brass: February 8 & 15
  • Piano & Collaborative Piano: February 8, 12, & 15
  • Composition: February  5 & 12
  • Historical Performance: February 5
  • Jazz & Contemporary Music: February 5
  • Strings: February  5 & 12
  • Vocal Studies: February 5, 8, & 15
  • Woodwinds: February 8 & 15

*Artist Diploma applicants are required to submit a pre-screening video with the application materials. Only those applicants who successfully pass the pre-screening round will be invited to the live auditions on campus.
**Organ and Chamber Music auditions are arranged by special appointment only.

Spring 2021 applicants can audition live on Monday, November 2, 2020 or submit a video recording with the application materials.

Audition Requirements

Artist Diploma

Pre-Screening Requirements:

  • Pre-screening video recording uploaded to the online application
  • A full-length recital program (45-60 minutes of music)
  • Video recordings should be recent (made within the last year)
  • There are no repertoire limitations, but selections should represent the applicant’s artist interests

Live Audition Guidelines:

  • Based on the results of the pre-screening, the Director of Admissions will invite finalists to perform in a live audition on February 22.
  • Candidates should prepare a 20-minute performance, with accompaniment, of works representing their full range of artistry.
  • Candidates must provide their own collaborative pianist. Longy can provide a list of local pianists at the request of the applicant.
  • Candidates are expected to interview with the panel after their audition performance.
  • Live auditions will be evaluated by a panel comprised of the President, Dean of the Conservatory, Director of Admissions, and Department Chairs.

All candidates not selected for the Artist Diploma will be considered for the Graduate Performance Diploma at the discretion of the panel.

Brass

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 20 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations.

Accompaniment is not required for instrumental auditions. Longy will not provide a collaborative pianist for the live auditions. Applicants are welcome to make their own arrangements. A list of local pianists can be provided upon request.

Chamber Music

Video recording or live audition accepted

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 20 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations.

Accompaniment is not required for instrumental auditions. Longy will not provide a collaborative pianist for the live auditions. Applicants are welcome to make their own arrangements. A list of local pianists can be provided upon request.

Collaborative Piano

Video recording or live audition accepted

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma 

Please prepare 20 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.

Longy will provide singers and instrumentalists for Collaborative Piano auditions, as long as repertoire is provided well in advance. Collaborative Piano applicants are welcome to bring their own singers and instrumentalists but should notify the Office of Admissions in advance.

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

Composition

Interview required (can be done online or in-person)

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

Please submit scores 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

Video recording or live audition accepted

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 20 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.

Historical Performance Voice applicants are required to perform with accompaniment. Longy will provide a harpsichordist for the live auditions. A=415. Each applicant will be granted 10 minutes of rehearsal with their assigned collaborator prior to the audition. Instrumentalists are not required to perform with accompaniment.

Jazz and Contemporary Music

Video recording or live audition accepted

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

Performance Concentration
Please prepare 20 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. Applicants should perform from memory and demonstrate improvisation.

Longy will provide a rhythm section (bass, piano, and drums) for the live auditions. If you plan to use Longy’s rhythm section please provide a repertoire list, along with any lead sheets or specific instructions, to the Office of Admissions well in advance of your audition. Applicants are welcome to bring their own rhythm section but should notify the Office of Admissions in advance.

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.

Organ

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 20 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations.

Piano

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 20 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations.

Strings

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 20 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations.

Accompaniment is not required for instrumental auditions. Longy will not provide a collaborative pianist for the live auditions. Applicants are welcome to make their own arrangements. A list of local pianists can be provided upon request.

Vocal Studies

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma

Please prepare three selections that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. Please include at least one selection in a foreign language.

Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 20 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.

Vocal Studies applicants are required to perform with piano accompaniment. Longy will provide a collaborative pianist for those attending the live auditions. Each applicant will be granted 10 minutes of rehearsal with their assigned pianist before the audition.

Woodwinds

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma

Please prepare 20 minutes of music that best represents your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations.

Accompaniment is not required for instrumental auditions. Longy will not provide a collaborative pianist for the live auditions. Applicants are welcome to make their own arrangements. A list of local pianists can be provided upon request.