The Boston Conservatory
Boston, MA, USA


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Institution Type
  • Coed

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Level of Institution
2 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
Acceptance Rate
Students Applied

Admissions Requirements

SAT Subject Tests
AP Course Credit
Dual Enrollment

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision December 15, 2019
Test Optional
Application Fee
Fee waivers available
Applications Accepted
Rolling Admissions

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Out-Of-State Students

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Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 617-912-9153
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What Students Are Saying

4.00 Average Rating
This is a very friendly school. With three departments of Music, Dance and Theater, prepare to meet a lot of different yet interesting people.
Tin Yi from Boston, MA
If you're a composition major, get your butt in gear and start composing NOW. Write LOTS of pieces. Write lots of small chamber pieces; don't worry about orchestral pieces unless you can get legit recordings of them (MIDI doesn't cut it). The faculty would probably prefer a string quartet or a woodwind quintet in your portfolio to an orchestral piece. And write for different instruments; don't just write all piano music. Experiment with different harmonic styles.

Listen to lots of styles of music. Lots of freshman composition majors don't know enough about modern music, so I'll tell you right now to check out pieces by composers like: Penderecki, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Ligeti, Cage, Lutoslawski, Reich, Schoenberg, Berg, Takemitsu, Saariaho, Adams, Shostakovich, and Golijov. Seriously, listen to pieces by EVERY SINGLE ONE of those composers. Don't just focus on the stuff you like; yes, I know Shostakovich is way more accessible than Lutoslawski, but you need to know both of them inside and out, even if you hate it. (If you're having trouble getting into modern music, just watch any Stanley Kubrick film like The Shining or 2000: A Space Odyssey, or watch the movie Shutter Island. Pay attention to the music and how it fits into the film. You'll be sold, trust me.) If you can talk about all of those composers, you're set. By the way, Osvaldo Golijov used to be loosely associated with BoCo. Golijov is a GENIUS so check him out. Also Jan Swafford (one of the faculty members) writes a lot of articles for Slate Magazine. Read everything Jan has written. They're pretty awesome articles.

You can write TONAL music but it still needs to be unique and modern; if you're writing exactly like Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, you're not going to get past sophomore promotionals. Beethoven and Rachmaninoff already wrote things in their style and they were better than you ever will be in that style. Try to find your own voice. As a caveat, you're not going to find your own voice, e...
Daniel from North Brunswick, NJ
In your audition, be yourself and have fun! Boston Conservatory isn't just about finding talented people, although there's no doubt that they are present here in large numbers! It takes a special kind of person to be here. Someone with personality, creativity, and an open attitude will fit right in. Anyone who is willing to learn and take chances in the classroom will enjoy the environment the school has to offer. We're all about taking risks and creating beautiful art!
Rachel from Kathleen, GA
One needs to be sure to submit an application early and schedule an audition date as soon as possible. Dates and time slots are in high demand and do fill up quickly. If you plan to visit the school, be sure to observe some of the classes to grasp the educational setting of the college.

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