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Welcome to Shenandoah University - Shenandoah Conservatory’s online audition platform. We are delighted that you are interested in Shenandoah and are looking forward to hearing your audition. 

Whenever possible, auditions, interviews, and portfolio reviews will be held live online via Acceptd’s online platform, Audition Room. Students with internet stability issues or audition day conflicts may email Admissions ( to request to submit a recorded audition or alternative interview date.

Voice applicants (all majors): live or recorded accompaniment is required.

Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Percussion, Piano applicants (all majors): accompaniment is not required.

A NOTE from the Shenandoah Conservatory Dean

Know that Shenandoah Conservatory is drawing on all of its uniquely collaborative and creative energies to prepare our spaces and our teaching models to ensure students continue to receive the highest level of education — no matter the circumstances. While certain ways of doing things (audition days, for example) may continue to change as the year progresses, Shenandoah remains steadfast in its commitment to nurture not only the arts but also the incredible human spirit that makes the arts possible. 

Thanks for taking a look at us, 

Michael Stepniak, Ed.D. 
Dean and Professor of Music

Undergraduate program applicants:

All applicants must follow the Shenandoah Conservatory Undergraduate Audition Guidelines as they prepare for their audition.

Applicants will be emailed an audition confirmation once all of the application materials have been received. The confirmation will include the schedule for the day. 

Registrations for auditions must be received at least two weeks prior to the audition date. Again, the audition registration will not be confirmed until all admissions materials have been received.

All auditions received before March 1 will be eligible for the first round of scholarship consideration.

Graduate program applicants:

All applicants must follow the Shenandoah Conservatory Graduate Audition, Interview, and Portfolio Guidelines as they prepare for their audition. Program-specific admissions requirements can be found on our website. 

All conducting, piano, and voice applicants must submit a prescreening. After successful completion of the prescreening, you will be invited for a live audition. You WILL NOT be able to register for an audition date before successfully completing your prescreening. The deadline to submit a composition, voice performance, vocal pedagogy, collaborative piano, or piano performance prescreening is January 15, 2023. The deadline to submit a conducting prescreening is January 31, 2023.

Graduate Assistantships, both full and partial, are awarded to masters, doctoral, and artist diploma students. The award (which includes full or partial tuition and a stipend) is renewable for up to three years pending satisfactory academic progress and the recommendation of the immediate supervisor.

DMA/Artist Diploma (Post-Master’s) Teaching Assistantships are awarded to doctoral and artist diploma students and consist of a full tuition waiver and a $9,000 annual stipend. The award is renewable for three years pending satisfactory academic progress and the recommendation of the immediate supervisor.

If you have questions about our admission or audition process, we invite you to call, email, or text us so we can help you navigate the process and prepare as best possible for your audition.

Office of Admissions, Auditions Team
Phone: 540-665-4581 | Text: 540-328-6008

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.