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Applications for Spring and Fall 2021 are open September 1, 2020.

Live auditions for Spring and Fall 2021 have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are required to submit video recorded auditions (performance degrees) or digital portfolios (Composition). If it is safe to host live auditions during February 2021, Longy will contact you in December to confirm dates.

Audition Requirements

Artist Diploma

Longy seeks to identify, support and develop musicians who will be among their generation’s groundbreaking artists—the next innovators, mold-breakers, trend-disruptors, and risk-takers. Our goal is to nurture the artists who will impact and change the world.

Pre-Screening Requirements

  • Pre-screening video recording uploaded to the online application
  • A full-length program (45-60 minutes of music)
  • Video recordings should be recent (made within the last year)
  • There are no repertoire limitations. Selections should be representative of the artist’s creativity, interests, and trajectory

Final Round Audition Guidelines

  • Based on the results of the pre-screening, the Director of Admissions will invite finalists to perform either a live, in-person audition (dependent upon safety during the global pandemic) or a live, virtual audition on February 22, 2021. Applicants will be notified about the results of their pre-screening audition by January 15, 2021.
  • Candidates should prepare a 20-minute performance. There are no repertoire limitations. Selections should be representative of the artist’s creativity, interests, and trajectory.
  • Candidates must provide their own collaborative pianist or accompaniment, if necessary. In the case of a live, in-person audition, 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 required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

Chamber Music

Video recording required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

Collaborative Piano

Video recording required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

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

Composition

Digital portfolio and interview required. Live interviews suspended until further notice.

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

Video recording required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

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

Jazz and Contemporary Music

Video recording required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single 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 Arts in Teaching

Video recording required.

Please prepare 10 minutes of music that best represent your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations. The MAT 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.

Master of Music in Music Education

Video recording required.

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

Video recording required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

Piano

Video recording required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

Strings

Video recording required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

Vocal Studies

Video recording required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single 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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

Vocal Studies applicants are required to perform with piano accompaniment.

Woodwinds

Video recording required. Live auditions suspended until further notice.

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. Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.