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Audition Process

Once your application has been submitted, The Boston Conservatory requires an audition and/or interview depending on your major.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to audition in-person at The Boston Conservatory whenever possible. The Boston Conservatory recognizes, however, that travel can be costly and offers alternatives in the form of regional and recorded auditions. These are only available for certain majors. Please check the audition dates and locations for details. 

Audition requirements vary by your performance division. Please, carefully review requirements and note any special instructions for your field of study.

Regional Auditions

The Boston Conservatory holds a nation-wide audition tour for Dance and Musical Theater majors only. An audition panel of 2-3 faculty will be present at a number of audition sites around the country. Please view the Dance audition dates or Theater audition dates for details.

Note: There are no regional auditions for applicants to the Music Division. Instead, they must audition live in Boston, or by recording (if permitted). Please view the Music audition dates, and Music audition requirements for details. 

Pre-screen and Recorded Auditions

The Boston Conservatory accepts recorded auditions for most majors in the Music Division. However, some music majors may only audition live. Some majors also require a pre-screen portfolio or recordings. Please refer to the specific audition requirements for your major. The audition requirements for recorded auditions are the same as for live auditions, except as noted.

    • Dance applicants are strongly encouraged to audition live. Recorded auditions are permitted, but discouraged.
    • Theater applicants are NOT permitted to audition by recording with exceptions made for international students.

All pre-screens and recorded auditions must be submitted online via DecisionDesk. 

You will need to register by clicking the link above and pay a $10 fee to submit your materials by the deadline. We receive it instantly. 

For technical support with your DecisionDesk application, including helpful tips for recording your video, please visit or contact   

Recorded Audition Deadlines

December 1  pre-screen recordings/portfolios due

Q: Does my major require a pre-screen?  A: Find out here.

January 15  recorded auditions due

Q: Does my major allow recorded auditions?  A: Find out here.


 Additional Instructions

  • Applicants submitting video should be sure the recordings are appropriately lit and are in focus.
  • Applicants who choose to submit a recorded audition should make every effort to have the best possible recording made of their audition performance.  (Recorded auditions that are of poor quality often result in a student being denied admission.)
  • Applicants are encouraged to introduce themselves and provide any information they would like to convey to the faculty.

Note: All materials submitted become the property of The Boston Conservatory and cannot be returned.

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