Conservatory of Music

Thank you for your interest in the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music! We are pleased you are applying and look forward to working with you throughout the application and audition process.

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Applying to the Conservatory of Music

Freshman admission decisions for the Conservatory of Music are made at two times during the year. Early Action candidates receive an early, non-binding admission decision (accept, refuse, or delayed decision) by December 31st. Early Action students must submit all required items so that they arrive in Admissions by November 1st, and must complete their audition by the appropriate deadline. Regular Action candidates must submit all required items so that they arrive in Admissions by January 10th, follow the appropriate audition deadline, and will receive their admission decision (accept, refuse, or waiting list) by April 1st. Transfer deadlines are listed below.

Admissions decisions are given by mail. We do not notify applicants of their decision in advance or over the phone. Please plan accordingly. Email or fax notification is available only for students living outside the U.S. and will occur after the decision letters have been mailed.


Conservatory Application Instructions

Please note that you may apply to the College of Arts and Sciences or to the Conservatory of Music, but not both. This is the application process for the Conservatory of Music. 

  • Freshman applicants (first-time, first-year) are those students who have not yet graduated from high school, regardless of the number of college credits earned, or those who have graduated but have not earned any post-high school college credit. College coursework is evaluated after acceptance.
  • Transfer applicants are those who, at the time of application, have graduated from high school and subsequently earned credit at a higher education institution. 

If you have already earned a Bachelor's degree, please contact the Admissions Office before applying.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, please review the International Admissions Process page for additional information about requirements specific to international applicants.

TEST SCORES

You are required to submit either SAT or ACT test scores. All test scores must be sent directly from the testing company. If you have not already done so, request that your scores be sent to Wheaton College. Wheaton's code number for the SAT is 1905; the code number for the ACT is 1160. Do not send your student copy of the score report. Wheaton does "superscore" both the SAT and the ACT - using the highest critical reading and math scores from any sitting of the SAT test, and calculating the highest composite ACT score using subscores from any sitting of the ACT test. Please note that if you are applying during the Early Action round, the tests must be taken no later than the October 2014 ACT test date and/or the November 2014 SAT test date. If you are applying during the Regular Action round, the ACT or SAT test must be taken no later than the December 2014 test date. Note: You may submit additional test scores from the January SAT and/or February ACT test dates, which will be considered for merit scholarship eligibility only. Transfers: Test scores are required unless you have earned at least 60 (post-high school) college semester credit hours at the time of application.

HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT AND
HIGH SCHOOL REPORT

The transcript should include grades earned, class rank (if available), and GPA. The High School Report (PDF) is required for freshman applicants only. It must be completed by the high school guidance office or another school official, and submitted with your official transcript and a school profile. If your high school allows, please send your official transcript and High School Report in a signed and sealed high school letterhead envelope with the other supporting documents for your application. Otherwise, please request that these items be sent directly to the Admissions Office from your high school. Regular Action applicants do not need to send a 7th semester grade report or 7th semester transcript.

  • Homeschool students: If you were homeschooled for any part of high school, submit the Homeschool Information Form (PDF) with a transcript signed by a homeschool official.
  • Post-secondary transcripts: Transfer applicants are required to submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, whether or not credit was earned or grades were received. Freshman applicants who have taken or are taking college courses at a post-secondary institution should also submit transcripts. Post-secondary transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to the Wheaton College Admissions Office.

INTERVIEWS

Interviews are an optional part of the application process that allow us to get to know applicants better. Appointments for on-campus and telephone interviews can be scheduled by calling the Conservatory Admissions Counselor at 800-222-2419 x3. Please refer to the Admissions Deadlines chart when making interview plans. 

Seeing a college first-hand is essential to making a good choice, and the Conservatory of Music welcomes your visit. If you would like to schedule an individual visit without a Conservatory audition, contact the Visit Coordinator at 800-222-2419 x2 or go to www.wheaton.edu/visit.

Once again, we welcome your application to the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. If you have any questions or need advice, please feel free to contact any member of our staff.


Conservatory of Music Deadlines

 

Application Type
Application Deadline
Interview Deadline
Recorded Audition Deadline On Campus Audition Deadline
Decision By
Reply Date
Freshman
Early Action
November 1
November 1
 November 15 December 7 December 31*
May 1
Freshman
Regular Action
January 10
February 1  February 15 February 22
April 1* May 1
Transfer
Fall Semester
March 1 March 1  October 15 March 21 Beginning April 1* May 1
Spring Semester (Freshman and Transfer) October 1 October 1  March 1 November 1 Beginning November 1* December 1

* Note:  If you're currently living outside the United States, you may choose to have your decision letter faxed or emailed to you.  Emails to Early Action applicants will be sent by January 5, and emails to Regular Action applicants will be sent by April 1.

Application and all supporting documents are due in the Admissions Office by application deadline dates. We will acknowledge the receipt of your application by mail. When all supporting documents have been received, we will notify you by email or mail that your application is complete. Please contact the Admissions Office if you do not receive notification within seven to ten business days of submitting your application to us.


Conservatory of Music Auditions

An audition is required for application to the Conservatory of Music, and is used for scholarship consideration. On-campus auditions are strongly recommended, and are required for candidates living within 350 miles of Wheaton's campus. Please read the audition instructions for on-campus and recorded auditions. You may schedule your audition online.


Application Checklist

1. Complete your application including:

  • Application Form Please complete the application form online, or download the PDF version if you would like to submit a paper application.
  • Music information profile – This profile is included in the online application form.  If you are submitting a paper application, please remember to include this form, found on page five of the PDF.
  • $50 Application Fee – For the online application, payment by credit card or electronic check will be accepted. If you send in a paper copy of the application, please include a check or money order payable to Wheaton College. The application fee is non-refundable.  Please contact our office if you need to request a fee waiver.

2. Schedule:

3. Authorize the testing agency to send:

  • ACT and/or SAT scores
    Note: Scores reported on your high school transcript are not considered official. However, if you received an application fee waiver, you may request that we make an exception.

4. Ask school officials to complete:

5. Distribute recommendations:

  • Academic recommendation (core subject teacher) - This form may be completed as a PDF, or may be emailed to the recommender of your choice after you submit the online application.
  • Pastoral recommendation (must not be a relative) - This form may be completed as a PDF, or may be emailed to the recommender of your choice after you submit the online application.
  • Music Teacher recommendation (primary instrument) - This form may be completed as a PDF, or may be emailed to the recommender of your choice after you submit the online application.

6. Miscellaneous:

7. Send application and supporting documents to Wheaton College:

  • Include all application items from step 1, along with transcripts and recommendations, if possible.
  • Submit the online application and mail the supporting documents, or mail your application (if submitting the paper application). Please allow at least one week for delivery to ensure that the application and supporting documents arrive by the deadline.

8. Arrange:


Financial Information

MUSIC MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

All applicants to the Conservatory of Music degree programs (BM & BME) are considered for merit awards. The audition used for acceptance to the Conservatory is also used for award consideration. About 40% of our music majors receive awards and the recipients will be notified by email beginning in March.  Awards are granted on the basis of outstanding musical and academic achievement and leadership potential in the Conservatory.  Awards may be combined and actual amounts usually range from $8000 - $30,000 (over four years). For renewable awards, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain full time enrollment in a Bachelor of Music or Music Education degree program.

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES

Conservatory of Music fees will vary from semester to semester depending on how many music courses a student takes. Per semester, they include:

  • General Music Fee (per credit hour): $41
  • Private Lessons (60 minutes): $655
  • Private Lessons - second instrument (30 minutes): $440
  • Ensemble Fee (per semester): $154

 See the catalog for a complete listing of undergraduate costs.

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