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Acceptance to the Pre-College Division is based on the results of a competitive audition process, which all applicants undergo in their major area of study. The division does not accept applications from beginners. There are no minimum age requirements, but all applicants must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in their proposed majors to warrant consideration for an audition.

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Application

2017-2018 Application Deadlines

Pre-Screening for Cello, Violin and Piano

Audition Information and Dates

Audition Requirements

Out-of-Town Students

International Students

English Proficiency

Application

The Pre-College 2017-2018 Application is now open.  

Late applications are subject to written approval by the Pre-College Administration.  Late applications for cello, violin, and piano are NOT accepted. For permission to submit a late application, email pcadmissions@juilliard.edu

Application for financial aid is part of the Pre-College Application for Admission and must be submitted once a prompt is received from the Pre-College Admissions Office, and before May 1. Consideration for financial aid may not be possible for late applicants.

2017-2018 Application Deadlines and Pre-Screening for Piano, Cello and Violin

Early admission: January 15, 2017 (piano only)

Regular admission: March 1, 2017 (all majors)

Late applications may be submitted, but they are subject to approval by the Pre-College administration; to request permission to submit a late application, please email pcadmissions@juilliard.edu.  Late applications for piano, violin, and cello are not accepted.

Piano auditions will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Additional piano auditions will be held in May (due to departmental quotas, space for admission may be limited at that time).

Piano is a pre-screened major. In addition to the Application for Admission, all applicants must submit pre-screening audio-video recordings by the application deadline, in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.  Screening results will be announced within 10 days after the application deadline. All applicants must prepare the appropriate audition requirements for their major.

The auditions for all other majors will be held during the third week of May*. Please note that cello, piano, and violin are pre-screened majors.

Cello and Violin are pre-screened majors. In addition to the Application for Admission, all applicants must submit pre-screening audio-video recordings by the application deadline in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. Screening results will be announced within 10 days after the application deadline. All applicants must prepare the appropriate audition requirements for their major.

*Some auditions may be held on different dates.

Audition Information and Dates

Entrance auditions for all majors generally take place during the third week of May (some auditions may be held on different dates in May or late April). Students are notified of their individual audition times by April 15.

Early piano auditions will be held in late February, 2017. Additional auditions will be held in May (due to departmental quotas, space for admission may be limited at that time).

Voice auditions are held in two rounds: first round and callback round. Voice applicants will be notified whether they are invited for a callback on the evening of their first round audition day via email. Applicants not invited for a callback round will not be considered for admission.

Piano accompaniment is required for voice, strings, woodwinds, and brass applicants. A list of piano accompanists is provided to applicants along with their individual audition schedule, around April 15. Applicants may elect to use their own accompanist.

All applicants must prepare the appropriate audition requirements for their major.

Admission decisions are announced in early June.

Please note that all communcation related to the admissions process is conducted through the online application account, including the decision letter. It is vital for applicants to save their user name and password information.

Audition Dates are subject to change or cancellation due to faculty availability.

Department Audition Dates
Bassoon Saturday, May 6, 2017
Cello Thursday, May 18, 2017
Clarinet Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Composition Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Double Bass Saturday, May 13, 2017
Flute Friday, May 12, 2017
Guitar (classical) Friday, May 5, 2017
Harp Saturday, May 13, 2017
Horn Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Oboe Saturday, May 13, 2017
Organ Saturday, May 13, 2017
Percussion Saturday, May 13, 2017
Piano Thursday, May 11, 2017
Trombone Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Trumpet Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Tuba Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Violin Thursday, May 18, 2017
Viola Saturday, May 13, 2017
Voice (classical) Tuesday, May 16, Wednesday, May 17, callbacks on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Out-of-Town Students

Application
Out-of-town students must come to The Juilliard School in New York City to take a live entrance audition. Cello, violin, and piano applicants are required to submit pre-screening audio-video recordings with the Application for Admission. All other majors are not required to submit pre-screening recordings.  Composition majors must submit scores with their application. 

Accepted Students
Out-of-town students who relocate to the New York City area must live with a parent or guardian. Pre-College does not provide academic instruction on the elementary, middle, or high school levels. Students are required to enroll in a full-time academic school. Students must provide the name and address of the school they plan to attend.

International Students

Application
International students must come to The Juilliard School in New York City to take a live entrance audition. Cello, violin, and piano applicants are required to submit pre-screening audio-video recordings with the Application for Admission. Pre-screening recordings are not required for all other majors.

International applicants requiring a B-2 visitor's visa to enter the United States for the audition may obtain a letter of invitation from the Pre-College Administration.

Accepted Students
International students must have an I-20 student visa form to stay in the United States and are responsible for obtaining this form from a private academic school before the Pre-College begins in September. The I-20 form is a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status.

Students cannot register for the Pre-College Division without proof of an I-20 visa form or another legal visa status. If students are here under another status, they must check with the Pre-College Administration to make sure the visa is legal.

International students who relocate to the New York City area must live with a parent or guardian.

Pre-College does not provide academic instruction on the elementary, middle, or high school levels. Students are required to enroll in a full-time academic school. Students must provide the name and address of the school they plan to attend.

English Proficiency

All non-U.S. citizens for whom English is a second language must pass an English Proficiency Test to be admitted into the Pre-College. The Pre-College faculty prepares a test that assesses whether the student can understand the vocabulary used in classes, rehearsals, and lessons, and can clearly communicate in English.

Students accepted into the division who fail the English Proficiency Test may be granted a one year leave of absence, during which time they are expected to learn English and continue their music studies privately. Upon their return, these students will be tested again in English to determine if they may register in the Pre-College Division.

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