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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.

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, or require a pre-screen portfolio or recording by the application deadline.

    • 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.
    • Music applicants are welcome to audition by recording. Applicants should prepare the same audition requirements as the live auditions, except as noted.

Find out if your major requires a pre-screen by viewing the audition requirements for your instrument.

All pre-screen and recorded auditions must be submitted online.

Click above to create a DecisionDesk account, upload your materials, and pay the $10 submission fee by the deadline.

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Recorded Audition Deadlines

December 15  pre-screen recordings/portfolios due, if applicable

February 1  recorded auditions due (deadline extended)

Additional Instructions

  • Applicants submitting video should be sure the recordings are appropriately lit and are in focus, with decent sound quality.
  • 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.


Regional Auditions

The Boston Conservatory holds a nation-wide audition tour for Dance, Musical Theater, and Contemporary 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 audition dates for details on your major.

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 below as well as the Music audition dates for details.



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