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Conservatory College Audition Requirements

Contemporary Theater

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Performance training and ensemble performance are integral to the Contemporary Theater program, and all applicants are required to audition. Auditions for Contemporary Theater applicants include an individual audition and ensemble audition. Because of the ensemble nature of the program, we do not accept recorded auditions. To schedule your audition, first submit an online application and follow the steps in the confirmation email.

Individual Audition

Applicants must prepare two, contrasting contemporary monologues: one comic and one serious. Monologues should be objective-driven rather than story-driven, and drawn from a significant play written between 1960 and the present. Monologues should be age-appropriate and applicants should be familiar with the full play. Time limit: 3 minutes total. Following the individual and ensemble audition, applicants will be interviewed individually by Conservatory faculty.

Ensemble Audition

The ensemble portion of the audition is designed to be a practical workshop in ensemble theater techniques. Working in small groups, applicants will be guided through a series of voice and movement exercises, improvisations, and creative tasks by a Conservatory faculty member. Applicants are expected to dress in appropriate movement clothes (tee-shirts, leggings, warm-up pants) for this portion of the audition, and should expect to practice in bare feet.

Artistic Resume

Please bring an artistic resume to the audition, and include any of the following.

  • Performance experience 
  • Performance training (acting, directing, dance/choreography, playwriting, design, stage crew, etc.)
  • Special skills (combat training, circus, accents, etc.)
  • Applied study (instrument or voice, with whom, for how long) 
  • Festivals and summer programs attended

Supplementary Materials (optional)

Students who have significant strengths in other areas of theater-making are encouraged to bring supplementary materials (directing portfolio, playwriting, design portfolio, etc.) to be weighed in conjunction with the audition. If they choose to, applicants should bring a hard copy of these materials to the audition to give to the faculty. Note: These supplementary materials are not required for admission consideration. 

If you are looking for Musical Theater audition requirements, you can view them here

Multidisciplinary Stage Management

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Applicants must perform a 20-minute interview with the program director, Abbie H. KatzInterviews are held on-campus or arranged privately via Skype. For those performing an on-campus interview, please bring a copy of your artistic resume. 

To schedule your interview, first submit an online application and follow the steps in the confirmation email.


Music Education

Master of Music in Music Education

Master of Music in Music Education—Autism Concentration

Graduate Diploma in Music Education

Graduate Certificate in Music and Autism

  • Complete an interview with the Chair of the Music Education Department.
  • International applicants must provide a TOEFL score of 80 or higher in order to interview.
  • Perform a live audition for the Chair of the Music Education Department. International applicants may submit recorded auditions by special request. The audition should consist of 5 minutes of your choice of music to demonstrate your musicianship. Please note that any style of music can be performed at the audition. A piano accompanist will be provided. If you would like to rehearse with the accompanist, please arrive 30 minutes early for your appointment.
  • Auditions and interviews are conducted at the same appointment.
  • Submit your artistic/professional resumé.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Write a short essay about how you became interested in music education.
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