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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 Music Mert Award consideration.

For the 2020-21 audition cycle, we will accept recorded auditions only. Following the submission of an audition, applicants can expect to be contacted to schedule an interview (held virtually) with a Conservatory faculty member. Recorded audition submission deadlines will match undergraduate application deadlines: Oct 15 or Nov 15 for Early Action; Jan 15 or Feb 15 for Regular Action.

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

Recorded Audition Instructions

Applicants should submit a video recording of the best possible sound quality. It is important that you present yourself as professionally as possible; e.g. pianists should perform using the highest quality instrument available. We understand some students may have difficulty procuring instruments or recording equipment and are committed to equitable review.

To submit your video-recorded audition, please make individual videos of your audition pieces, scales and arpeggios if required, and upload them to YouTube or Vimeo (or a similar video-hosting service). Send the links to us via this form. On the drop-down menu, please select “Submit video-recorded audition.” You may paste the links in the dialog box that appears or in the “Comments/Questions” box at the bottom of the Audition Request Form.  

See audition instructions by instrument for details. At the time of your follow up interview, you may be asked to sight-read/sing, or offer examples of further technique. Time for Q&A will also be provided.

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

Recorded Audition Deadlines

Recorded auditions must be uploaded by:

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


If you still have questions, please consult the Audition FAQs or contact our Music Recruitment Manager at music@wheaton.edu or 630.752.5097.