Applicants must submit a pre-screening recording online by the December application deadline. Read more about the recorded audition process.
The pre-screen video and supporting materials must contain the following:
A 15- to 20-minute video recording of footage from a rehearsal and a performance. Note: The video should be from the perspective of the choir and show the conductor’s face. A successful applicant should provide video that shows rehearsal technique as well as performance conducting. Video clips need not include an entire musical selection.
A performance resume or curriculum vitae.
A representative repertoire list of works conducted and/or studied.
Two letters of recommendation from artists/teachers who can most fully discuss your potential in the field of choral conducting.
A written self-assessment of piano skills, vocal skills, and experience with languages and sung diction (Latin, German, French, Italian, Spanish, etc.).
A brief but complete analysis of a short common practice period choral work, equivalent to a movement from a Brahms motet or Bach cantata, from the applicant’s repertoire. Note: The analysis should include a chart of the work’s form, harmonic language, key areas, etc.
Applicants may be invited to audition and interview at Boston Conservatory based on an evaluation of the materials submitted above, as well as submission of a complete application. During auditions, applicants will be asked to do the following.
Rehearse with a Boston Conservatory at Berklee choral ensemble, during which the applicant should expect to:
Conduct a brief warm-up.
Conduct a complete work or movement from a larger work, as assigned by George Case, director of choral activities, which the ensemble is preparing for its spring performance.
Introduce a work or an excerpt from a larger work of the applicant’s choosing, in consultation with Dr. Case.
Interview with choral faculty, during which the applicant will:
Sing a prepared solo at the level of an Italian art song (a pianist will be provided).
Demonstrate piano skills by playing a prepared piece of your choosing at the level of a two-part Bach Invention.
Play open score (SATB) at the level of a Bach chorale.
Aurally identify intervals, scales, triads, and harmonic progressions.
You may also perform on your major instrument, if you would like to.
Applicants will be invited to observe classes and rehearsals, as well as interact with current graduate and undergraduate students.
Pre-screen required. Live audition required.
All orchestral conducting applicants must submit a pre-screen recording by the December application deadline.
Pre-screen material must include the following:
A resumé highlighting the applicant’s performing, conducting, and educational experience.
A repertoire list of compositions conducted in performance and/or rehearsal.
Two artistic letters of recommendation from teachers or faculty who have observed the applicant conducting.
A 30-minute video of the applicant conducting a working rehearsal of any instrumental ensemble or repertoire. The recording camera should be facing the conductor, and the video should demonstrate verbal communication skills. (Video of a performance is not required.)
A 15-minute audio recording of the applicant performing recently prepared repertoire on the applicant’s primary instrument/voice.
Applicants may be invited to audition and interview at Boston Conservatory at Berklee based on an evaluation of the materials submitted above, as well as submission of a complete application. During auditions, applicants will be asked to
Conduct the Boston Conservatory Conductor’s Orchestra in repertoire that the orchestra is currently preparing (to be announced if invited).
Demonstrate proficiency in orchestration, score analysis, sight singing, ear training and dictation, and repertoire and standard terminology in English, French, and Italian.