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

Spring 2018 Orientation:

January 11 & 12

*Detailed schedule will be coming soon!

Find the Fall 2017 Orientation Schedule HERE

Orientation activities include:

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

Spring Semester 2018


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

Dec 1: Official transcripts and any outstanding application materials due

Dec 1: Immunization records due

Dec 10: Tuition Bill due

January 11: Health Insurance Online Waiver Due (domestic students only)

January 11 & 12: Orientation for Spring 2018 students

January 16: First Day of Spring Semester Classes

Placement Auditions

Orchestra & Chamber Music Placements

All new string, woodwind, brass, piano, collaborative piano, classical guitar and saxophone majors are required to audition for our Chamber music ensembles during orientation. Additionally, all strings, woodwinds and brass majors will also audition for the Orchestra during this combined audition.

Jazz & Contemporary Music and Historical Performance majors do not audition during this time, and will be auditioned at a later date.

For All - Please bring a completed copy of the chamber music profile/questionnaire sheet to your audition – this will be distributed to you at orientation.

For Strings, Woodwinds & Brass Majors:

  • Prepare one excerpt from a major chamber work for your instrument
  • 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
    • The two have to be contrasting pieces
    • The pieces should demonstrate your current ability. 
  • All students will be asked to do some sight-reading at their audition.

For Classical Guitar & Saxophone Majors:

  • Prepare one excerpt from a major chamber work for your instrument, reflecting contrasting styles.
  • All students will be asked to do some sight-reading at their audition.

For Pianist/Collaborative Piano Majors:

  • Prepare a short excerpt from a solo work of your own choice
  • Prepare a chamber music excerpt, that is in in a contrasting style from your solo work.
  • You will also be asked to accompany a singer in one of these two vocal song excerpts. 

Diction Placement

All Vocal Performance, Opera and Historical Performance (formerly Early Music) Voice students (including Undergraduate Diploma, Masters of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma students) must do a Diction placement audition during New Student Orientation. This audition will be part of the placement for diction courses.

Please prepare an English, French and a German selection to sing. The selection may be an opera/oratorio aria or an art song. An accompanist will be provided. Singing by memory is encouraged, but not necessary as long as you have a copy for yourself and for the pianist.

Please bring copies of your music in a notebook to the audition. 

Proficiency Exams

Proficiency Exams

During Orientation Week, Master of Music students and Undergraduate Diploma students will need to take placement exams. Students may prepare for these exams by reviewing the Proficiency Exam Guide

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, theory & piano proficiency will take place during Orientation. Students who do not place out of the exams will need to enroll in graduate review courses (one or two semesters).

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.