Conservatory of Music

How to Apply for Admission
to the Conservatory of Music

In order to be considered for admission all applicants must:

  1. Apply to Purchase College. Your application for admission must be submitted before beginning the audition process.

    Please note: current Purchase students interested in applying to the Conservatory of music need not apply to Purchase College. Please go directly to the 2- step audition process outlined below.

  2. Audition for the Conservatory of Music.

The Conservatory of music offers programs in Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, Voice/Opera Studies, Composition, Studio Composition, and Studio Production.

All programs require a two-step audition process.

Step 1- The first step is a pre-screening audition. All applicants must submit a pre-screening audition recording online at Slideroom along with the non-refundable $57 audition fee, plus the $5 Slideroom fee (undergraduate applicants) or $10 Slideroom fee (graduate applicants). 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 pre-screening 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

Step 2- If the pre-screening 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.

Fall 2014 auditions are scheduled to take place the week of February 17- 22, 2014. Specific audition dates for each program are posted on Audition Dates .

For further information and specific details for your intended program of study, please see:

Audition Dates and
Undergraduate Audition Requirements or
Graduate Audition Requirements.

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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All materials must be uploaded through Slideroom by:


October 15 for Spring auditions


January 1 for Fall auditions.