Audition Information

An audition is required for application to the Conservatory of Music and is used for Music Merit Award consideration. Auditions may be In-Person (Recommended) or Recorded. Please use the Audition Request Form to request an audition on campus or to submit your recorded audition.

Audition Deadlines (for In-Person & Recorded Auditions)

Early Action I               November 5
Early Action II              December 3
Music Merit Award notifications for Early Action Rounds | January

Regular Decision I        February 1
Regular Decision II       March 1
Music Merit Award notifications for Regular Decision Rounds | March

Music Merit Awards will be determined once after Early Action rounds in January and again following Regular Decision rounds in March.

Ways to Audition

Audition Days include auditions, interviews (as required), parent sessions, campus & music facility tours (optional), lunch with current music students, a Q&A panel, complimentary admission to a concert, and more!

Saturday, December 2, 2023 – 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM Early Action II
Christmas Festival Concert | Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday 4:00 PM or 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 20, 2024 – 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM Regular Decision I     
Concerto Honors Concert | Friday, January 19, 4:30 PM

Saturday, February 24, 2024 – 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM Regular Decision II     
Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert | Saturday, February 24, 7:30 PM

If you wish to apply and audition for Early Action I or cannot come to a scheduled audition day, it is possible to request an alternate, individual audition. Please request a date knowing that our ability to accommodate your request is based on faculty and facility availability. Please do not make final travel plans until your request is approved and confirmed.

You can make your request through the Wheaton Application Portal.

Following the submission of a recorded audition, applicants can expect to be contacted to schedule an interview with a Conservatory faculty member as necessary.

Applicants should submit a video recording of the best possible sound quality. It is important that you present yourself as professionally as possible; for example, 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 using the Audition Request 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.  

Instructions and required repertoire are detailed by instrument on the Audition Instructions by Instrument page. 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).

Still Have Questions?

We know auditioning can be an intimidating process; please know that we want to help you have your best audition and welcome any questions you may have. 

Feel free to ask us about anything from how to get to campus to details about what our professors look for in musicians. Check out the Audition FAQs page to see if we have already answered your question, if we haven't, please don't hesitate to contact us; our Music Recruitment Manager is happy to help and can be contacted by email at or by phone at 630.752.5097.

Cheers to your audition journey!

Audition FAQ's