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About this Program

Overview

The 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Music (BM) degree provides extensive applied training, along with comprehensive instruction in music theory and history, and an introduction to the liberal arts disciplines.

The Music Division accepts a total of approximately 150 classical instrumentalists and vocalists, and approximately 7 to 9 jazz instrumentalists, into the BM program every year.

Eligibility

In order to be admitted as a Bachelor of Music student, you must have:

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent by the time you enroll
  • Prior artistic training
  • English language fluency

If you apply to this degree program and are denied admission, you can apply again. After two unsuccessful attempts, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Academic Requirements

In most cases, the Juilliard School requires no specific courses, GPAs, standardized test scores, or class rankings for entry to this program. 

However, we will carefully evaluate your academic record and required essay to make sure you have the scholastic competence necessary to succeed in college-level coursework. 

There are specific requirements for:

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Exceptional talent as a performer, and the potential to meet Juilliard's technical standards
  • A high level and quality of training and musicianship
  • A capacity for sustained, disciplined practice
  • The personal maturity and generosity of spirit essential for ensemble work
  • Broad and thoughtful interest in the world of music, including its historical traditions and contemporary trends
  • A clear dedication to artistic excellence and a desire to exercise artistic leadership 

Double Majors

A double major allows qualified applicants to study more than one major within the Bachelor of Music degree program. Most double majors require a fifth year of study to complete all requirements, and there is an additional cost above tuition that is applicable each year. 

Due to the rigorous program for this major, it is not possible to double with Piano or Voice. 

If you are considering a double major, you must apply, audition, and be admitted to each major before formally requesting approval to study both majors. The Registrar's Office will review the request to determine the feasibility of combining the two chosen majors. 

BCJ Program

Juilliard has programs with Barnard College and Columbia University that allow for cross-registration for approved students. 

Learn more about the program

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

APPLICATION REQUIREMENT RECEIVED-BY DEADLINE
Online Application with Artistic Resume, Essay(s)and Introduction Video  December 1
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver December 1
Prescreening Materials December 1
SAT/ACT Scores (homeschooled applicants only)  December 1
Recommender Information December 1
Proof of English Language Proficiency  December 15
Recommendation(s) Received December 15
Request for ADA audition accommodations December 15
Official Transcripts* January 15 
Scholarship / Financial Aid Application*  March 1

*Official Transcripts and Scholarship / Financial Aid Application required only if an invitation to an in-person audition is received.

PRESCREENING NOTIFICATIONS
Results announced via email by Mid-January
Audition Date(s)
See "Audition Dates" Page

 

Application Results

You will receive notification of your admission status (admit, wait list, or deny) through your application status page no later than April 1, if all required application materials have been received.

Application Fee & Waivers

Application Fee

The $110 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay a college application fee should never be a barrier to applying to The Juilliard School.

 

First-time College Students

Fee waiver requests are available for first-time college students who demonstrate significant financial need by uploading of one of the following to the application:

  • An official College Board fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official SAT fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official NACAC fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • A letter on school stationery from a college/guidance counselor stating that you qualify for the free lunch program
  • A letter from someone other than a family member that addresses your financial situation 

 

Transfer Students

Fee waiver requests are available for transfer students who demonstrate significant financial need by uploading of one of the following to the application:

  • If you are independent, copies of prior year tax forms
  • A letter on school stationery from your current college's Financial Aid Office stating that you have financial need of a fee waiver
  • A personal letter describing your financial situation

Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please submit your application (including fee waiver documentation) but do not pay the application fee.

How to Upload

Fee waiver documentation must be uploaded directly within the online application and submitted by the appropriate deadline. Documents must be in either .doc or .pdf format. (Convert your file to another format if scanning your document as a jpg.)

Fee waiver requests are processed on an ongoing basis. There will be an application fee payment due on your application status page until either your request is approved or denied. You will receive an email with the results of your request as soon as it is processed.

If your request for a fee waiver is denied, you will be required to pay the application fee by the deadline. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received. 

Your Application Materials

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Resume

An artistic resume must be uploaded as part of the online application. The purpose of submitting a résumé is to provide the Admissions Committee with a document that quickly sums up your background and accomplishments. The résumé should contain lists, not full prose paragraphs such as in a program bio. The elements to include in your résumé are as follows: 

  • Your name and major (violin, jazz trumpet, soprano, etc.)
  • Your contact information (including address, phone, and email)
  • Education: Where you studied, degree or diploma earned (or to be earned)
  • Teachers: Particularly for classical instrumentalists and vocalists, listing your most recent teachers and the dates when you studied with them is important information for the Committee
  • Master classes where you performed: List teacher and date (for example, June 2020)
  • Ensemble experience: Youth orchestras, choirs, jazz bands, etc.
  • Competitions and awards: Include dates
  • Performances: If including orchestral performances, only include those if you were the soloist; otherwise list recitals and chamber music performances
  • Other experience: If you have done volunteer work, held a job, etc., those can be listed here 

You do not have to use these exact categories in this exact order. Use what is logical for your background, but make sure to put your name at the top of the document, and include your education and your teachers. DO NOT SUBMIT A PROGRAM BIO. It is not useful for purposes of applying to Juilliard.

Your Essay(s)

Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay(s) to learn more about you as an individual and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript, and audition.

 

Essay Requirements

  • 1–2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font
  • written in English (not translated from another language)
  • must be your own original work
  • submitted within the online application

 

Topics

  • Please write about why you have chosen to become a musician and what motivates you to continue to pursue music at the collegiate/professional level. Please also elaborate specifically on why you are applying to Juilliard, and how conservatory training will support your future goals.

 

Additional Essay Requirements

Additional essays are required in each of the following circumstances:

 

Optional Essay

Should you have a personal or academic circumstance to share that you feel can provide context for a particular point on your resume - for example, a gap year, unusually low grades in a semester or year, etc. - you have the option to submit an additional short essay.

Your Introduction Video

A one-minute video uploaded to the application in which you record yourself giving the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your major (i.e. flute, composition, organ). Voice applicants: please include your voice type
  • Your current music teacher
  • Your current school and grade level
  • One fact that you want the faculty to know about you that they cannot learn from your application materials

To record your video, navigate to the "Music Introduction Video" tab in your application. There you will find instructions for starting the recording. Because the video will be recorded directly from the application, not uploaded as a video file, we recommend allowing yourself ample time to prepare and test your recording in the application module. You can record and save your video at any time before submitting your application, and can delete and re-record your video as needed prior to submission. You will need to use a computer (any type) or cell phone (Android only) with a webcam and a browser that supports media recording (Chrome and Firefox). At this time, video recording is not supported on iPhones or iPads. If you have any trouble with the video recording module, please call or email the Office of Admissions.

Your Transcripts

Transcripts are an important component of the decision process. They help us determine if you have sufficient scholastic competence to succeed in coursework at the level for which you are applying. The transcript requirement will be placed on your checklist with a clear deadline at an appropriate point in the application process. DO NOT SEND YOUR TRANSCRIPT UNTIL YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SEND IT. 

 

Official versus Unofficial Transcripts 

  • An official transcript is one that is sent from your school directly to Juilliard. 
    • To avoid the possibility of fraudulent transcripts, we DO NOT accept transcripts sent via email. 
    • An official transcript must show courses taken and grades earned. 
  • An unofficial transcript is one that you (the applicant) send to us or upload to your application.  
    • Because the transcript did not come from your school, it is insufficient for admission and does not fulfill the checklist requirement. 

 

How Do I Send Juilliard My Official Transcript?

  • If you are sending us a high school transcript, ask your school guidance counselor to send it to us. 
  • In the U.S., many high schools use secure electronic sending services such as Naviance, Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE, or other system. 
  • Schools outside the U.S. typically send hard copy of the official transcript to Juilliard via regular or express mail. 
  • If you are a homeschooled student in any country, ask your homeschool administrator (usually your parent) to send a transcript to us. See the "Additional Requirements- Homeschool Applicants" section for more information on what a homeschool transcript should contain. 
  • If you are a college student, follow your registrar’s process to request a transcript sent to Juilliard. 
  • Electronic or paper? 
    • Electronic sending services must use this email address: [email protected].  
    • A paper record of your academic progress, including grades earned, is an acceptable alternative to an electronic transcript if it is sent in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Juilliard Office of Admissions (mailing address below). 

 

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying in the US

  • ​​​Official transcripts must be sent by the stated deadline once the requirement is added to your checklist.
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current high school coursework.
  • Report cards, grade reports, and other student records are not considered official transcripts.
  • We understand that the current academic year has not ended, and that, if you are currently enrolled, you have not yet completed your program. Please submit your transcript as is by the deadline; a final transcript will be required later, if you are admitted and choose to enroll.

 

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying Outside the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the by the stated deadline once the requirement is added to your checklist. 
  • If your transcript is not in English, we require the transcript in its original language as well as a certified translation. 
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current coursework, which must be equivalent or similar to a US high school curriculum. 
  • You will be notified if an official evaluation of your transcript is required in order to verify your academic level. Companies such as SpanTran (use this link for a discounted evaluation: SpanTran Pathway - The Juilliard School), WES, or ECE can provide this service for a fee.  
  • We understand that the current academic year has not ended, and that, if you are currently enrolled, you have not yet completed your program. Please submit your transcript as is by the deadline; a final transcript will be required later, if you are admitted and choose to enroll. 
  • You may view the status of transcripts at any time by logging into your application account.
  • Hard copies of transcripts may be mailed to:

          Office of Admissions
          The Juilliard School
          60 Lincoln Center Plaza
          New York, NY 10023

 

Additional Requirements

Your Recommendations

In your application you will be required to identify two individuals who will provide your recommendations:

 

Academic Recommendation

  • A recommendation from a high school academic teacher, preferably in English, history, or other language arts coursework (transfer applicants may provide a recommendation from a college professor)
  • The recommendation should help us to gain insight into your abilities in English and acknowledge your speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension abilities
  • The Admissions Committee considers this a critical component of your application

Home-schooled applicants should submit a recommendation from someone other than a parent who can address the issues listed above. In addition, this recommendation should address social maturity and ability to integrate well with other students and colleagues.

 

Artistic Recommendation

  • A recommendation from a teacher, conductor, coach, or artistic mentor
  • In addition to addressing your talent and accomplishment, the recommendation should also discuss the following individual characteristics that indicate potential for success in the field: perseverance, dedication, collegiality, and leadership

These recommendations themselves are not due until later in the application timeline. Recommenders will receive an email with a link to securely upload their letters to our application system. We will only accept recommendations received through our application system.

You may view the status of recommendations at any time by logging into your application account.

Your Teacher Preferences

A key element of your study at Juilliard is your major teacher assignment. Music students receive 15 one-hour lessons per semester with a Juilliard studio faculty member.

 

How to Indicate Your Preferences

 

How Your Preferences are Used

  • Your teacher preferences are confidential and do not affect admissions decisions. Studio faculty are not advised of teacher preference selections until after admission decisions are finalized by the committee
  • We aim to confirm studio assignments with notification of admission
  • If admitted, your teacher assignment will be based on your preferences to the greatest extent possible. No teacher assignment can be made without a documented request for a specific teacher

 

Researching Teachers

If you are not familiar with our faculty, we strongly recommend researching the teachers in your major prior to the application deadline, as follows:

  • Review the teachers’ online bios in our directory and listen to recordings of each artist
  • Ask your current teacher(s) for recommendations
  • Consult with friends who may have studied with them
  • Optional: Set up a meeting or lesson with the teacher(s). Although not all faculty are available to meet with applicants due to their teaching and performing commitments, you may use this form to request contact information for up to four teachers. Scheduling the meeting and payment of any lesson or meeting fee is your responsibility.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Forms

To be considered for financial aid and scholarship, you are required to submit the following items by the appropriate deadline:

US Applicants 
FAFSA
CSS Profile
Student Tax Forms 
Parent Tax Forms
International Applicants 
CSS Profile
Parent Income Documentation 

More information about our awarding policies can be found on the Financial Aid section of the website

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.

Prescreening

Prescreening Type

Format
You are required to upload your files in a Video format. Acceptable file types include:

  • .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv

Please note that some .mov files use a codec which is not supported by the application. We recommend that .mov files be converted to another accepted format (.avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv) to avoid uploading difficulties.

Prescreening Requirements

Your major is required to submit prescreening recordings within the online application by the appropriate deadline.

Procedures

  • Upload and arrange your recordings so that the file that represents your best work is first.
  • Individual movements or excerpts should be uploaded as separate digital files.
  • Clearly label each of the uploaded files with the name of the composer and work/movement.
  • Complete your uploads well in advance of the appropriate deadline, as upload times vary depending on file size and internet signal strength.
  • Insufficient or incomplete audition repertoire may affect consideration for admission.
  • Where specific works are required, substitutions are not allowed.
  • Please note that audition requirements which state a complete piece or work are indicating all movements must be prepared.
  • Unless otherwise specified in the prescreening requirements listed below, all works written with accompaniment must be accompanied for your recording.

Quality

  • Please note that submitted prescreening recordings do not need to be filmed in a particular setting. Videos filmed in a practice room, a living room, a concert hall, a recording studio, or any other setting may be submitted. 
  • Recordings must be genuinely performed by you. 
  • Recordings must not be edited, nor should any effects such as “reverb” be added.
  • Play back and check your entire recording for any distortion or excessive “buzz”.  
  • If accompaniment is required, ensure that it does not drown out your playing.
  • Review your recordings before uploading to ensure that they are of good quality and represent your best work to date.

You will be notified as to whether or not you have passed the prescreening round by the date on the application timeline. Please note that prescreening materials become the property of The Juilliard School and will not be returned. We encourage you to keep copies for your records.

Additional Instructions

Prescreening Repertoire

NEW: requirements for applicants applying for entry to the 2022 academic year.

  1. One movement of a concerto from the standard cello repertoire, such as Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn D or C, Lalo, Shostakovich, Barber, Herbert, Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante, Elgar, or Saint-Saëns.
    • if Saint-Saëns is chosen, please play the 2nd and 3rd movements;
    • if Elgar is chosen, please play either the 1st and 2nd movements or the 3rd and 4th movements;
    • if Shostakovich Concerto #1 is chosen, please play the 1st and 2nd movements;
    • if Haydn C Major, is chosen, please play the 1st and 2nd movements;
    • if the Fitzenhagen version of Rococo Variations is chosen, please play the Theme and Variations 1, 2, 3, and 7;
    • if the original version of Rococo Variations is chosen, please play the Theme and Variations 1, 2, 3, 4;
    • if Schelomo is chosen, please play it in its entirety.
  2.  A Bach prelude and one other movement from any Bach suite (the prelude and movement should come from the same suite). 

Additional Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Definition 
You are required to show proof of English language proficiency by the 
application deadline if your native language is not English, regardless of citizenship. The Juilliard School defines native language as the language first spoken as a child and the primary language spoken at home. 

  

Exemption 
You may be exempt from the requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency if you meet certain criteria. Exemptions are determined by your answers to questions on the application form. To qualify for an exemption, you must: 

  • Have attended school(s) on a full-time basis where instruction was entirely in English for a TOTAL of SEVEN of the past TEN years. Qualifying schools include primary, secondary, and undergraduate institutions. 

 

An exemption to provide a test score as proof of English language proficiency is granted automatically if you meet the aforementioned criteria. Applicants who are exempt from providing a test score also are exempt from the ELP interview requirement.

 

Helpful Tool

To see if you may qualify for an exemption of the requirement to submit a test score as proof of English language proficiency, our online form can help you. Although this form does not grant exemptions or waivers, it can help you plan ahead should the result indicate that you need to schedule an ELP test.

 

Proving English Language Proficiency  

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. You must submit one of the following test types to prove your mastery of the English language. If your score falls below the minimum scores listed here, you should carefully consider whether to continue the application and audition process. We reserve the right to deny an audition based on scores that fall considerably below our minimum. 

Test Type Minimum Score
Cambridge English B2

TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

73

TOEFL ITP Plus (China)

543

IELTS Academic Test  and IELTS Indicator

6

PTE

49
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 610
ACT 24

Juilliard's CEEB code: 002340
Juilliard's ACT code: 2778

The official test results must be sent directly from the testing company and received by the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadlineOfficial test results must be on file before a decision of admit or waitlist can be released.

 

Interview Requirement

  • Any applicant with a test score of 94 TOEFL and below (or the equivalent score for other accepted tests) is required to interview with Juilliard’s Director of ESL in order to demonstrate fluency in the English language.
  • Undergraduate applicants who are exempt from the test score requirement also are exempt from the interview requirement.
  • The Office of Admissions will contact applicants to schedule required interviews.

Transfer Applicants

Definition
You are considered a transfer applicant if both of the following are true:

  1. You have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent AND
  2. You have attended at least one semester of full-time college study

 

Transcript Requirement

  • You are required to submit your high school transcript if you have completed fewer than two full-time semesters of postsecondary study
  • You are required to submit a transcript showing prior and current coursework from all postsecondary institutions study

 

Essay Requirement

  • You must submit an essay explaining your decision to transfer from your current institution, in addition to the other required essay(s).

 

Program Length and Transfer Credits

  • You are required to study at Juilliard for a minimum of two years
  • Total program length is determined after enrollment by evaluation of your transcript(s) and the results of placement exams
  • You are required to take a minimum of 12 liberal arts credits at Juilliard
  • Additional credits from liberal arts courses taken at other accredited postsecondary institutions may be transferred at the discretion of the Registrar; courses with a grade lower than C or its equivalent are not eligible for transfer
  • AP credits are not accepted

Homeschool Applicants

Questions within the Online Application
As a homeschooled student, you will have to respond to the following questions within the online application:

  1. What factors led to your decision to home school?
  2. What relationship (formal or informal) exists between your home school and your state (or provincial) department of education?
  3. Will the state recognize you as a high school graduate?

 

Transcript Requirements

Regardless of format, your homeschool documentation must be received by the stated deadline once the requirement is added to your checklist, and must include:

  1. All courses taken, including those in progress, and the academic year and semester in which each was taken
  2. Assessment of performance (letter grades, percentages, portfolio commentary, etc.) and an explanation of any applicable grading scales
  3. Evidence of official recognition by the school district and/or state department of education
  4. If you attended a high school for any period of time, you must submit official high school transcripts of any/all high school work
  5. If you enrolled in any college courses, you must submit official college transcripts
  6. Optional: a full outline of curriculum by subject
  7. Optional: reading lists

 

Standardized Tests
You are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores by the appropriate deadline. These scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. If you are unable to provide an official SAT or ACT score due to pandemic circumstances, please contact [email protected].

Juilliard's CEEB code: 002340

Juilliard's ACT code: 2778

Applicants with High School Equivalency

Acceptable Equivalencies
In lieu of a high school diploma, you have the option to submit the following high school equivalencies:

  • GED (General Educational Development)
  • TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion)
  • CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Examination)
  • International High School Equivalencies (contact Juilliard Admissions)

If you do not have proof of high school equivalency by the stated deadline, you must submit one or more of the documents listed below to demonstrate your academic preparedness. 

 

Demonstration of Academic Preparedness
While submission of high school equivalency documentation satisfies Juilliard's minimum entry requirement, the following documents can be helpful in proving your ability to undertake coursework at the postsecondary level:

  • Standardized test scores
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams
  • High school transcripts
  • College transcripts
  • Homeschooling documentation

Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

Definition
You are considered a former Juilliard college student if you have not been in attendance during the previous academic year.  You must submit all required application materials, in addition to the requirements below. 

 

Essay
As a formerly enrolled Juilliard student, you are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for resuming your studies or applying to another major at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by returning.

 

Transcript Requirements

  • You are required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended after Juilliard
  • Transcripts are already on file from your time at Juilliard and do not need to be submitted

 

Proof of English Language Proficiency
As a formerly enrolled Juilliard student, you do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ITP Plus).

 

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

Online Application
You must apply if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are seeking to change majors
  • You are applying to a new program of study (changing your degree level)

 

Application Fee
As a currently enrolled student in the College Division, you are not required to submit an application fee as long as you submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

 

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for continuing your studies at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by remaining at Juilliard.

 

Transcripts
As a current student, you do not need to provide your official transcripts, as they are already on file.

 

Prescreening Requirement
Prescreening is required only if both of the following are true: 

  1. You are applying to a new major AND
  2. The major to which you are applying is prescreened 

 

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ITP Plus).

 

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Currently Enrolled Pre-College Students

Prescreening
Prescreening is required only if BOTH of the following are true: 

  1. You are applying to a major that is different than your Pre-College major AND
  2. The major to which you are applying is prescreened 

 

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard Pre-College enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Applicants with Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of applicants with disabilities in the audition process. The School makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). 

Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services (OASDS) in writing by the appropriate deadline

You will be required to submit documentation of your disability to OASDS; this information will be kept strictly confidential. You must complete the following forms in order for the school to accommodate your specific needs:

  • Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form 
  • Audition Accommodation Request Form

For more information and to access the forms please visit the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services page.

Auditioning for Juilliard

Audition Repertoire Guidelines and Resources

As part of the online application, you are required to submit your proposed audition repertoire for review and approval.

The Juilliard School is working with students, faculty, and guest artists to embrace and build a more representative world of classical music. When you have an elective choice, we encourage you to include a work in your audition repertoire by a composer from historically underrepresented gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural heritages. We are happy to recommend the following resources that expand our knowledge of a wider breadth of repertoire:

Should you need to update your repertoire after you submit your online application, you can do so by submitting a form on your application status page.

  • Insufficient or incomplete audition repertoire may affect consideration for admission
  • Where specific works are required, substitutions are not allowed
  • Audition requirements which state a complete piece or work are indicating all movements must be prepared

You should first consult with your private teacher to determine the suitability of your proposed repertoire. If there is any concern regarding the appropriateness of a particular piece, submit your questions through this form

In-Person Audition Scheduling

After successfully passing the prescreening portion of the audition process, you will receive an invitation to attend an in-person audition. 

Auditions are scheduled based on a combination of the following:

  • Your ordered teacher preferences (if applicable)
  • Your audition day request (in cases of multiple audition days)

Important things to know about your audition:

  • You will receive an email confirming your audition date and time at least one month before your audition
  • Auditions take place only at The Juilliard School in New York City. Audition day details, including practice room availability, will be sent prior to your audition
  • Video auditions are not accepted 

In-Person Audition Repertoire

NEW: requirements for applicants applying for entry to the 2022 academic year.

  1. One movement of a concerto from the standard cello repertoire, such as Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn D or C, Lalo, Shostakovich, Barber, Herbert, Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante, Elgar, or Saint-Saëns.
    • if Saint-Saëns is chosen, please play the 2nd and 3rd movements;
    • if Elgar is chosen, please play either the 1st and 2nd movements or the 3rd and 4th movements;
    • if Shostakovich Concerto #1 is chosen, please play the 1st and 2nd movements;
    • if Haydn C Major, is chosen, please play the 1st and 2nd movements;
    • if the Fitzenhagen version of Rococo Variations is chosen, please play the Theme and Variations 1,2,3, and 7;
    • if the original version of Rococo Variations is chosen, please play the Theme and Variations 1,2,3, 4;
    • if Schelomo is chosen, please play it in its entirety.
  2. A Bach prelude and one other movement from any Bach suite (the prelude and movement should come from the same suite).
  3. One virtuoso piece such as those listed: Popper Spinning Song or Elfentanz, Paganini Moto Perpetuo, Faure Papillons, Boccherini Sonata L’Imperatrice, Piatti Caprices or Popper Etudes, Davidoff At the Fountain, Schubert Arpeggione Sonata (1st movement), or Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capricioso.
  4. One work composed after 1945 such as works by Carter, Sessions, Dutilleux, Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Shapey, etc. which is 6-8 minutes in length. (The work may be either a complete short piece or a complete movement from a larger work.)
  5. A short lyrical piece such as Saint-Saëns The Swan, Fauré Après un Rêve, Chopin/Popper Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2, Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, Chopin Sonata slow movement, Schumann Five Pieces in Folk Style, 2nd movement, Schumann Fantasy Pieces, 1st movement, or the choice of the applicant.
  6. First movement of a Classical or Romantic sonata. If Beethoven Op. 5 #1 or #2 is chosen, please only play the Rondo (last movement).

Accompanist Information

  • Works with piano accompaniment must be accompanied for the in-person audition
  • We encourage you to use a Juilliard accompanist for your audition
  • Accompanists will be provided free of charge for the audition; please note that accompanists charge fees for rehearsals
  • A list of accompanists will be provided approximately two weeks before auditions. You must contact an accompanist from the list two weeks prior to your audition and provide them with a piano score of the repertoire for the audition
  • If you wish to bring your own accompanist, you may do so. However, Juilliard will not pay them, nor can your Juilliard audition be rescheduled around your accompanist's availability
  • If you plan to play with a Juilliard-provided accompanist, please carefully consider general familiarity of your repertoire. Juilliard cannot guarantee accompanists will know unusual or non-standard repertoire. Please be particularly mindful to select contemporary works that have become standard repertoire or have piano parts which are easily sight read. If the Juilliard accompanists hired for your audition day are unable to learn or sight read a non-standard work, you may need to play that work unaccompanied

Decisions & Enrolling

Decisions

There are three possible outcomes to the audition process:

Admit

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your potential and artistry as demonstrated in the audition.
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard.
  3. The Admissions Committee makes the final determination of whom to admit based on their own evaluation, faculty recommendations, and the number of available openings in your major.
  4. The Office of Admissions releases your decision letter.

Waitlist

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your potential and artistry as demonstrated in the audition.
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard.
  3. You are placed on the waitlist because, although you are found admissible to the school, we have a limited number of openings.
  4. Should a place become available, the Admissions Committee evaluates the waitlist, making offers of admission as necessary.  

Deny
During the application process, there are three points at which you can be denied admission:

  1. As a result of prescreening
  2. At various points in the application and audition process
  3. Following review by the Admissions Committee 

A denial at any of these stages results in notification that you are no longer under consideration for admission.

These decisions will be posted to your application status page as noted on the timeline. 

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Juilliard admits without considering your ability to pay. All monies awarded require completion of the scholarship and financial aid forms. To learn more about the awarding process, visit our Office of Financial Aid.

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.