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Auditions for the Conservatory of Music

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. The Audition Days below include morning auditions, a Music Fundamentals Assessment, lunch at our award-winning Andersons Common with faculty and current students, an Information Session, Portfolio Interview (composition students only), optional Concert event, and optional overnight stay with a student host.

In preparing for your audition, make sure to see the audition instructions for your instrument.   

Audition Dates

Audition Date

Audition Registration Deadline

Concert Opportunity
(Complimentary tickets available by request)

Saturday, December 8, 2017
(Early Action)

December 2, 2018

Friday, 12/7 or Saturday, 12/8: Wheaton College Christmas Festival

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (Regular Action)

January 13, 2019

Friday, 1/18 or Saturday, 1/19: Opera Mainstage

Saturday, February 2, 2019
(Regular Action)

January 28, 2019

Saturday, 2/2: Wheaton College Faculty Recital

Saturday, February 16, 2019
(Regular Action)

February 10, 2019

Friday, 2/15: Wheaton College Artist Series - The King's Singers

Request your audition date online.

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled audition days, you may request an alternative date by filling out the Audition Request Form.  

Recorded Audition Instructions

If you live beyond 350 miles and are unable to have an on-campus audition, you may submit a video recording, which should be of the best possible sound quality. It is important that you present yourself as professionally as possible; e.g. pianists and accompanists should perform using the highest quality instrument available. Label the recording with your name, instrument or voice part, and audition repertoire. The recording may not be edited, except to add tracks or chapters. Please email music@wheaton.edu for instructions

Repertoire requirements for recorded auditions are identical to those conducted on-campus. See the  audition instructions by instrument for details. After your recorded audition is received, you will be contact to take the Music Fundamentals Assessment via proctor.

Note: Instrumentalists should play two scales and two arpeggios (four total).

Recorded Audition Deadlines

Recorded auditions must be uploaded by:

  • December 1 for Early Action
  • February 10 for Regular Action
  • February 10 for Transfer Fall Semester for scholarship consideration
  • October 15 for Spring Semester, First-years and Transfers

Audition Day Agenda

If you were to schedule your audition for one of the available Saturday dates, the following can give you an idea of what that day would look like.

The Audition Days include morning auditions, a Music Fundamentals Assessment, lunch at our award-winning Andersons Common with faculty and current students, an Information Session, Portfolio Interview (composition students only), optional Concert event, and optional overnight stay with a student host.

More details about the schedule will be posted soon!

Music Fundamentals Assessment

You will be given a brief written Music Fundamentals Assessment on your audition day. It determines whether or not you are ready to begin Music Theory I and Aural Skills I during your first semester at Wheaton.

Questions

If you still have questions, please consult the Audition FAQs or contact our Music Recruitment Counselor Micah Clark at micah.clark@wheaton.edu, 630.752.5097.