Boston Conservatory at Berklee requires an audition and/or interview for all applicants, depending on your major. Once your application is submitted, you will receive instructions to register for your audition in the application portal. If your major requires a pre-screen, you must first submit your pre-screen materials by the deadline in order to be considered for a live audition.
Audition requirements vary by program, instrument, and degree. Pre-screen materials are required of undergraduate musical theater applicants and select music programs. Incomplete audition requirements may result in an incomplete application. Find the pre-screen and audition requirements for your program below.
Schedule an Audition
Due to social distancing guidelines in relation to COVID-19, the Conservatory is offering online auditions for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Applicants schedule auditions through the application portal under My Events. Instructions will be sent via email within 24 hours of application submission. If your major requires a pre-screen, you must first submit pre-screen materials in order to be considered for a live audition. Audition registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis as applications are submitted. In the event that you are unable to attend a live audition due to space availability or other extenuating circumstances, we may accept a recorded audition for select majors.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to audition in person at the Conservatory whenever possible. The Conservatory recognizes, however, that travel can be costly and offers alternatives in the form of regional and recorded auditions as permitted. Regional auditions are conducted by faculty adjudicators and considered equal to on-campus auditions. Please view the following audition dates for details.
If you need to change or cancel your audition, simply log back in to your application portal, scroll down to My Events, and update your registration or sign up for a new event. Please note that audition dates and times are subject to change. You will be notified in the event that any changes to your audition are required. Contact the Auditions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Online auditions are completed from the comfort of your own space. We use Zoom to host our online auditions, so you’ll complete your audition through a live video chat with Conservatory faculty and staff members. When registering for your audition in the application portal, online auditions will be specified in the event name.
All online audition and interview dates and times are listed in Eastern time (ET). Please be sure you convert the date and time you received to your local timezone.
Requirements for an Online Audition
There are a few technology and space requirements to complete your audition and interview online, which you can learn more about below.
Internet Speed and Set Up
To ensure an optimal audition experience, complete the following speed tests and set up your internet accordingly. When checking your internet speed, you should manually connect to a server in Boston—view video instructions on how to do so. The required minimum speeds to be considered for an online audition and interview are as follows:
Download: 0.5 mbps
Upload: 0.5 mbps
We also recommend using a direct ethernet connection as opposed to a wireless connection for optimal experience, if possible.
Test Zoom Meeting
Before the day of your audition, make sure to complete a Zoom Test Meeting to ensure your computer and internet works with this system, as well as test your camera and microphone. You may need to download and run Zoom on your desktop in order to join. Please watch this Zoom how-to video for details on how to join a meeting.
Optimizing Your Sound
In advance of your online audition, we recommend that you download and review our guide for optimizing your audio below.
The optimal setup includes an audio interface or corded headphones with an external microphone. You may use wired headphones with a built-in microphone if this is the equipment available to you. Do not use bluetooth headphones.
We suggest using one microphone as multiple microphones may overload the system and cause your audio to cut out. If you require multiple microphones, please make sure they're compatible with the Zoom platform and you know how to connect them as your main audio source prior to the audition beginning.
If you are accompanying yourself, make sure we can hear both you and the accompaniment.
On the Audition Day
On the day of your online audition, we recommend asking other users on your network to refrain from taking up bandwidth during your audition (e.g., downloading files or streaming video), as well as closing all other applications and windows on your computer. The week of your audition, you will receive an email with detailed instructions about logging in to the online audition lobby. Once you're logged in, use the chat feature to connect with an admissions staff member who will assign you to your audition breakout room at your scheduled time.
In addition, make sure that you have access to:
- a private room without interruption
- a computer with an internet connection and audio/video capability (a laptop or desktop computer with built-in audio/video is preferred)
- headphones with a built-in microphone
- all instruments and accompaniment needed to participate
If you have questions regarding an online audition, please contact us at email@example.com. If you are unable to conduct an online audition, please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org to request to audition by final recorded audition.
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Boston Conservatory at Berklee accepts recorded auditions in lieu of a live or online audition for select majors only. Recorded auditions must be submitted online via GetAcceptd by the deadline. Instructions on how to upload your recorded audition will be sent to you after your application is submitted.
Recordings may not be edited for either audio or video enhancement.
Applicants should prepare the same material as the live audition requirements, except where noted. Each work or movement should be uploaded as a separate video, with the file names in English or the original language of the work. Applicants are encouraged to introduce themselves to the faculty panel.
- Music applicants are permitted to audition by recording, unless a live audition is required for your major. Find out if your major requires a pre-screen or permits recorded auditions by viewing the audition requirements.
- Dance applicants are strongly encouraged to audition live. Recorded auditions are permitted but discouraged.
- Theater applicants are not permitted to audition by recording, with some exceptions. Please review the audition requirements for more information by program.