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Artist Diploma (Regular Auditions Only)

Use this check-list to keep track of all the required items. Click on each item (or scroll down) for details. Please consider printing this page—so you can keep track of your progress.

Required Application Materials

Once you have started your application, you can save your progress and return to your application at any time.  When you have completed your application, you will be able to review and submit it before paying the application fee of $120. Once your application has been sealed, you will not be able to make changes.

After you have submitted your application…

Pre-Screening

PRE-SCREENING VIDEO RECORDINGS are required in the majors listed below for those wishing to audition in person at Peabody. Those auditioning during the USA Schools of Music Tour in Asia are NOT required to submit a pre-screening video recording.

Selections must be performed without editing. The faculty will make its decisions in December or in early January. We should have results to you roughly one month before Audition Week.

Pre-screening video recordings must be uploaded no later than December 1st.

All Artist Diploma applicants who pass pre-screening must audition in person at Peabody in February.

  • Flute – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
    While not officially required, the flute faculty prefers pre-screening video recordings to be accompanied.   Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening. Contact Admissions to have the requirement waived.
  • Percussion – Pre-screening repertoire
    Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening. Contact Admissions to have the requirement waived.
  • Piano – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
    Selections on the video recording do not have to be the same ones you will perform for your audition. Please note that we tend to run short of on-campus audition slots. If we have too many applicants after the pre-screening is complete we will schedule auditions in the order the applications were received, so it pays to get your application to us as early as possible. Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening. Contact Admissions to have the requirement waived.

Recommendation Letters

You will be asked to submit email addresses for three people who know your musical ability. These people will automatically be emailed with instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation. While you must submit these email addresses by the December 1st deadline, your recommenders will have until February 1st to submit their recommendations.  If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, contact the Admissions office.

Teacher Preference

You may list two Peabody teacher preference choices on your application. Biographies are listed alphabetically here, or you can find their information on the specific page under Area of Study. Information about how we match teachers and students, as well as how to change your teacher choice after submission, can be found on our FAQ page.

TOEFL or IELTS

International students: If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be sent to us by the respective testing services. If we do not have an official test score for you by February 1st, your application will be considered “incomplete” and we will be unable to make an admission decision. Our TOEFL code number is 5532.  We look for a TOEFL score of 79 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. International assitantship applicants must produce an acceptable score by the December 1st deadline.

College Transcripts

Please scan and upload your transcripts from the colleges you have attended to our application. These transcripts may be official or unofficial copies.  Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades.  We will not accept any hard copy transcripts during the application process.  They must be uploaded to your application.  Once you have been accepted, if you choose to come to Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy, final transcript before orientation.

International applicants are required to upload all transcripts in English.

Repertoire List

Upload a representative list of the repertoire you have studied in your major instrument or area.

Composition applicants: list your own works with instrumentation. Please star (*) repertoire performed in public.
Piano or Voice applicants: upload a complete repertoire list.

Resume

Upload a copy of your resume.

Music for Accompanist

Mail in the originals of all music requiring an accompanist by December 1st. This confirms your repertoire for the February Audition and may not be changed.

Portfolio

Mail in a portfolio of significant, professional performing experience, e.g. programs and reviews. Please submit by February 1.

NOTE: Documents and recordings submitted cannot be returned.
Please make copies of all documents for your records.

Mailing address:

Peabody Conservatory Admissions
1 East Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Financial Aid Application

(deadline is March 1st)

Please visit our Financial Aid page for information.

Auditions

A.D. applicants must prepare a program of no less than 70 minutes’ duration, representing at least three style periods and including at least two large-scale works.

Due to the very high level of performance required, entrance to the Artist Diploma program is a two-part process:

  • First, you will be heard by the applied departmental faculty in your major. The departmental faculty can recommend acceptance to our Graduate Performance Diploma, where the performance level and amount of professional experience required for entrance is somewhat less stringent—and where there are more slots available.
  • In the case of an exceptional performance for the departmental faculty, that faculty has the option of recommending you for a hearing by the Artist Diploma Jury—a panel of invited judges. The Artist Diploma Jury will hear auditions from those recommended by the departmental faculty on final day of audition week.

Accompaniment is required. If you wish Peabody to provide an accompanist, please answer accordingly in your application. Please plan your travel to accommodate a final audition on Friday, the final day of audition week, if recommended as a result of your initial audition.

  • Accompanists are provided for all Artist Diploma auditions held at Peabody. Music for stated repertoire must be submitted by December 1st.
  • On the day of your audition, plan to arrive early and check in at the reception area. A warm-up room will be made available approximately 45 minutes before your audition time.

When will you learn the results?

Information from your audition/interview, along with the rest of your credentials, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. On April 1, we will send you an email containing audition results and access to other information related to your application. Decisions for incomplete applications will not be made until we receive the missing information.