An audition is required for application to the Conservatory of Music and is used for Music Merit Award consideration. All auditions may be requested or submitted (recorded) using this Audition Request Form.
For the 2021-22 audition cycle, we will hold in-person auditions and accept recorded auditions. Following the submission of an audition, applicants can expect to be contacted to schedule an interview 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.
The following in-person Audition Days are scheduled:
Saturday, December 4, 2021 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM EARLY ACTION II
Complimentary tickets to Wheaton College Christmas Festival available by request, Friday or Saturday evening at 7:30 PM or Saturday matinee at 4:00 PM.
Saturday, January 15, 2022 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM REGULAR DECISION I
Complimentary tickets to an Opera Mainstage performance available by request. Friday or Saturday evening at 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 12, 2022 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM REGULAR DECISION II
Complimentary tickets to the Symphonic Band Winter Concert available by request. Saturday evening at 7:30 PM.
If you cannot attend one of these scheduled Audition Days, but would still like to audition in person, please request an alternate date using the Audition Request Form. (There is no Early Action I Audition Day scheduled. Students who would like to complete their application for EA I should request an alternate date or submit a recorded audition by October 25.)
Please Request your Audition here. Following the submission of an audition request, applicants can expect a confirmation email.
Recorded auditions will be accepted regardless of geographical distance for 2021-22.
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:
Early Action I October 25
Early Action II December 4
Regular Decision I January 15
Regular Decision II February 12