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Become the musician the world needs you to be.

Longy School of Music of Bard College’s mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in their world. This social imperative is at the core of our curriculum, encouraging students to become the musicians the world needs them to be. The School is internationally recognized for its efforts to meet a changing musical landscape head-on, giving its graduates the opportunity to perform professionally, teach in a variety of settings, and expand access within classical music.

Longy’s innovative curriculum compels students to explore their artistry, take risks, hone their technique, and become global citizen-artists. Breaking down the traditional conservatory constraints, Longy prepares our students to lead meaningful lives in music through project-based learning courses and performances alongside professional partners.

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Start an application

Prepare your required application materials, submitted through the online application

  • Artistic Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcript/Academic Records- All transcripts must be in English. Applicants must upload an unofficial copy of transcripts from prior undergraduate and/or graduate work as part of their online application for admissions. Official transcripts are required only after an offer of admission is made and accepted. 
  • TOEFL or IELTS score – for non-native English speakers only. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores are required only after an offer of admission is made and accepted. 
  • Audition Recording – only applicable to those applying by recording
  • Application Fee – non-refundable, and paid online through the application submission process.

Complete your live audition / portfolio interview

See Audition Dates & Repertoire for audition requirements and live audition dates by program.

Longy does not require a pre-screening for the Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, or Graduate Performance Diploma. Instrumentalists/vocalists interested in these programs may apply by video recording or perform a live audition on campus. Composition students complete a portfolio interview on campus or may elect to have the interview online. On campus auditions/interviews are strongly encouraged.

Artist Diploma applicants must submit a pre-screening video recording of a full recital program.

If you are interested in submitting an application past the deadline, please reach out to the Office of Admissions.


  • Over 97% of students receive merit scholarships. Longy offers competitive scholarships based on merit and institutional need, which are awarded through standard application procedures. Graduate Fellowships (GF) and Teaching Assistantships (TA) are also available to Master of Music, Graduate Performance Diploma, and Graduate Diploma students. Students can apply to be considered through the online application. GF and TA awards reduce tuition by up to $10,000 per year and require the student to work 10 hours per week.

    Phone: 617.876.0956