Conservatory of Music

How to Apply for Admission

To be considered for admission to the Conservatory of Music, all applicants must:

  1. Apply to Purchase College. Your application for admission must be submitted before beginning the audition process.
    Current Purchase students: If you have already been admitted to Purchase College and are interested in applying to the Conservatory of Music, you do not need not apply to Purchase College. Please go directly to the two-step audition process outlined below.
  2. Audition for the Conservatory of Music.
    Undergraduate programs offered and Audition requirements
    Graduate programs offered and Audition requirements

All programs require a two-step audition process:

The first step is a prescreening audition. All applicants must submit a prescreening audition recording online at Slideroom, along with the nonrefundable $62 audition fee. Applicants can upload sound files (.mp3), video (.mov), and/or any required documents (.pdf). You may choose to submit your audition in either a video (.mov) or sound (.mp3) format, but please choose one or the other. Please follow these technical requirements:

  • Videos (.mov, .flv, or .wmv) must be 60MB or less. Please size your videos to be 640 x 480px to get maximum duration.
  • Audio (.mp3) must be 5MB or less.
  • Documents (.pdf) must be 10MB or less.

Please follow the submission instructions carefully for your particular program(s) of choice at Slideroom. If you wish to audition for more than one program, you must submit a separate prescreening audition and fee for each program.

Please DO NOT mail in an audition CD or DVD. All applicants must go through Slideroom in order to be considered for admission.

*If you experience difficulty uploading your audition pieces, you must contact Slideroom technical support at for assistance. Please allow one day for a response. You can also consult the Slideroom Helpdesk and FAQ at

If the prescreening audition is successful, students will be selected for a live audition. Students selected for live auditions will be notified by email directly from the Conservatory of Music and will be assigned a live audition date at that time. All live auditions take place in the Music Building on campus.
Audition Dates

Office of Admissions
Tel. (914) 251-6300
Fax (914) 251-6314

Conservatory of Music
Tel (914) 251-6700

Purchase College
State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400

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Prescreening Audition Deadlines for Upcoming Terms

All prescreening materials must be uploaded via Slideroom by:

October 15 for
Spring admission auditions

January 15 for
Fall admission auditions

Current and Prospective Student FAQ